I joined The London Speaker Bureau in October 2001, having worked in the speaker industry for 4 years with a leading competitor. I loved the business but wanted to work in an environment where I could have some effect on how things were done. TLSB gave me that opportunity and I cannot thank Tom Kenyon-Slaney and Brendan O’Connor enough for bringing me in.
Before falling upon the speaker industry, because it was definitely an accident that I got into it, I had a bit of a varied career. I started out in retail management, moving into international management consultancy, training, general management and then onto sales and marketing. My background has given me a great advantage in this industry as it allows me to understand my clients’ issues and it helps me to select which speakers are appropriate to deliver the right message to help those clients.
In work and in my spare time my passion, and my purpose, has always been to introduce people so that they can help each other and I now get paid to do what I am truly passionate about. It doesn’t get better than this! I’ve shared this great job with many friends, you may well have worked with some of them!
In my spare time I love to relax and am brilliant at it! I particularly love good food and wine (I’m Italian you might have guessed). I’m told I’m a pretty good cook. I hop over to Lake Garda whenever I can, which is where my parents are most of the year, it’s absolutely breath taking and the food and wine is the best. When in the UK, at weekends you’ll probably find me down in Poole walking my dog, Head of Security, Keaton, on the beach and then sitting in a beach side bar with a glass of something chilled. When I’m feeling energetic I dance, modern jive and I’m currently having some Argentine Tango lessons with Vincent and Flavia. It is so much harder than it looks, even though Vincent keeps telling me it’s easy. I have also been know to sing a little, I’m not a natural so don’t encourage me if you don’t want to suffer :)
For me life is all about collecting great people along the way and so my job is the perfect job. I hope that we will have the chance of working, dining, dancing and may be even singing together soon.