CEO AOK Events
Alex is the founder of AOK Events with over 25 years’ experience in hospitality & events. Alex is passionate about every event we produce being as close to perfect as possible, as well as striving to give our growing workforce a happy, challenging career that they can be proud of. He is responsible for continuing our sustained growth and turning AOK Events into the best event management company in the UK. Outside of work, Alex is an avid cricketer, taxi driver to three sports mad boys and lover of fine wine, good food and the time honoured art of splitting wood.
Non Executive Chairman
Appointed as Non Executive Chairman of AOK Events in 2015, Mike Kershaw comes with some of the UK’s most impressive and influential events expertise, having spent the last 26 years helping build Concerto Group into a £40m a year business. Mike has been tasked with helping AOK Events drive growth through strategic acquisitions and product development, and he is relishing the opportunity to work with, what he sees as, one of the rising stars of the events industry.
Non Executive Director
Anna is an experienced marketeer with a background in hospitality marketing and media content production. A digital native with a passion for design, she has worked with prestigious brands including Virgin Media, Channel 4, Red Bull, TFL and the BBC. In her role as Marketing Manager at AOK Events, Anna is passionate about growing and shaping the AOK brand, as well as ensuring you’re able to discover and benefit from our fantastic services. Outside of AOK Events Anna loves interior design, and is the only person (ever) to have enjoyed a trip to Ikea.
Justin is a freelance accountant who brings a wealth of experience to the AOK Events finance team. Justin has worked for a number of accountancy firms including top six practice BDO Stoy Hayward LLP, before stepping into industry and now works as an independent advisor. Away from numbers, Justin enjoys holidaying with his family, watching lower league football at Portsmouth, following the England cricket team and paddleboarding when the sun is shining.
Emma has worked in accounts all her working life, in a wide variety of industries ranging from security to property. At AOK Events Emma is involved in all aspects of invoicing and credit control working alongside Justin in our accounts department. Emma has two children who keep her busy outside of work and spends a lot of time driving them around to their various social engagments!
Managing Director of AOK Creative
James joined AOK Events as Managing Director of AOK Creative in 2017. He has been enjoying delivering client events for over 20 years after stints building marquees and a fishing camp in Mozambique. A few notable and memorable projects James bring experience from include; product launches for Ericsson, Ford and Aston Martin, popping up a real grass tennis court in the centre of Manhattan, opening a UEFA Fan Park in Lisbon and creating sandy beach volleyball courts in the centre of Poznan and Gdansk. Alongside these huge campaigns he's launched legacy institutions in Qatar, and sponsored activations at The Open, The Championships, US Open, Six Nations, The Olympics and The Commonwealth Games. His work on business conferences includes events for Bayer, Coca-Cola and Astra Pharmaceuticals. Outside of his busy working days, James lives in the countryside, tending to his lawn, enjoying village life, and living with a chef, a batsman and a netballer.
Business Development Director
Ben has over 15 year’s experience in the events industry. He started his career working alongside huge names including Proctor & Gamble, Mars & Unilever, whilst plying his trade in advertising at ITV. A move into PR Events beckoned but, after a short stint organising book launches for former International rugby players, the decision to join AOK Events was made! As Business Development Director, Ben is responsible for everything from creative solutions for bespoke projects, to internal staff and external client marketing events. Ben enjoys living in the countryside with his young family even though he is outnumbered by girls!
Head of Event Management
Rosanna is our Head of Event Management who, where possible, likes to add a touch of creativity into the events she plans. Thinking with a ‘one team’ mentality Rosanna works with our clients to highlight the strongest aspects of their brand. Having worked with companies including Innocent, Standard Bank, Riverside Europe, Virgin Media, Vocalink, AON Benfield, IMG and Land Rover Jaguar, she knows that an in-depth understanding of the client objective is key! When not running events for AOK Creative, Rosanna loves to be out enjoying what London has to offer or packing up her ski gear and heading to the Alps!
Head of Event Operations
Vicky is Head of Event Operations for AOK Creative and joined AOK Events way back in April 2004. With a wealth of experience gained from the hotel industry, Vicky has responsibility for a number of our premier clients' events and loves organising anything a bit different. It's Vicky who's in charge of making sure that perfect events are achieved every time.
Business Development Manager
Joining as a graduate in 2012, Dan has since established himself into an integral member of the AOK Creative team. During his time with us he has built and developed his skillset to gain relationships with a variety of key suppliers and brands including; Linkedin, Santander and EDF. Dan’s highlights at AOK Events include being named as part of the C&IT A-List, which celebrates the top agency players under 35, as well as officially making the best cup of tea in the office. In his free time, Dan is player manager of the mighty Weirside Rangers FC and is slowly trying to sample every pub and restaurant in the Capital.
Senior Event Manager
Tilly works closely with a wide variety of our clients in a variety of sectors including; media, IT, legal, banking, finance and technology. Having the innate ability to understand what her clients are looking to achieve, and working tirelessly using her skill and ability to ensure expectations are met, makes Tilly an invaluable member of the AOK Creative team. Tilly’s enthusiasm for her role was rewarded last year when she was selected as one of the of the C&IT A-Lister winners of 2015. Outside of event planning, Tilly’s interests include skiing, snow and lots of it! She also loves cooking, dancing and surfing in Scotland.
Charlie is an organised, creative thinker – so naturally a great fit for events management! Her background is in catering and venues, and she brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the industry. Charlie’s experience ranges from state banquets to large tech conferences all the way down to intimate high-end dinners. She is a big foodie and loves incorporating all aspects of an event into a theme. Amongst her corporate profile she has worked with a variety of sectors including clients from fashion, banking, insurance, publishing and retail. Outside of work Charlie is a huge Harry Potter fan (and proud!) and can often be found singing karaoke with a glass of wine in her hand.
Rhianna is our placement student who is currently studying Business Management and Marketing at Nottingham Trent University. Rhianna has taken on a variety of work experience placements and found that events management is where her interest lies. During her placement year, Rhianna is getting as much experience as possible supporting AOK Creative, working on as many of their live events as she can! When not at work, Rhianna enjoys being an active member of the Dance Society at University, both attending regular classes and going out as a society socially.
Managing Director of AOK Venues
Jo has been in the events industry for over 20 years and co-founded AOK Events. Jo's true passion however, lies with venues and in 2011 she started the Venue Finding department, which has grown into a vital part of the business. The AOK Venues team specialises in high-end venues in London, the UK & Europe - working tirelessly to match brands to the perfect event space, every time. Jo is also is a busy mother of two with a love of travelling. Having been brought up in the Bahamas, Jo is permanently cold and given any excuse, she jets off to far corners of the globe following the sun!
Director of wefindvenues
Having started off running a team building company, Paul moved into venue finding around 3 years ago, launching wefindvenues in late 2014. He works with a wide range of clients from all sectors and right across Europe, sourcing great venues and negotiating the best rates. Aside from client work Paul has an active role supporting our Marketing Manager, posting on social media and writing numerous insightful blogs. Outside of work he can usually be found whipping up a delicious feast in the kitchen or out walking his dog, always enjoying the obligatory post-walk pub stop of course.
Nikki is an experienced Venue Finder and joined AOK Venues in 2013. Her previous experience lies in PR where she worked for a financial PR agency working with big brands including LV= and Asda. In her role as Senior Manager, Nikki loves exploring London to scope out new exciting spaces and finding her clients the perfect venue for their event. Outside of work, Nikki spends her time trying to figure out how many pairs of shoes she has and when she’ll find the time to wear them. Nikki also dreams of having a puppy one day, she just needs to convince our CEO that it won’t bark when it comes into the office with her!
Customer Service Manager
Suzanne has been with wefindvenues since day one and is a familiar face and voice to many clients. In a previous life she worked in hotel management for the Trust House Forte Group at their iconic Browns Hotel in Mayfair and then the Berystede in Ascot before moving to Ramada Hotels. She is our go-to venue guru and specialises in finding large conference venues across the UK. In her spare time she enjoys good food, long dog walks and chasing around after her three (grown up!) children.
Venues Consultant & Account Mgr
Rachel joined the AOK Venues team in June 2016 as Venues Consultant & Account Manager. She first developed a passion for venue finding and events management in her previous role at Lime Blue Solutions, before moving to London and increasing her knowledge of the industry as a Conference Consultant at Capita Travel & Events. Throughout her career she has been privileged enough to organise large scale events in Dubai, Russia and across Europe for a variety of high-end clients. Rachel also has a degree in Leisure Marketing from Bournemouth University and spent a year after her studies travelling South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia. When not hard at work she enjoys nothing more than a boozy brunch with her pals, sunning herself on a beach or hitting the dance floor at Soul Train.
Venue Finding Assistant
Hollie joined AOK Venues as Venue Finding Assistant, in June 2016 after finishing her degree in International Hospitality Management at Bournemouth University. Previous to this she completed a year placement at an events agency Lime Blue Solutions which is where she found her love for venue finding. Hollie has also been lucky enough to be involved in the event management side of large conferences/events which she thoroughly enjoyed. Hollie loves going out and seeing exciting new venues and working closely with clients to find the perfect space for their event. She was also lucky enough to live in Dubai when she was younger and loves to visit as much as she can. Outside of work Hollie can be found in a bar with a cocktail in her hand!
Venue Finding Assistant
Emma joined the wefindvenues team in 2016 as Venues Finding Assistant. She first developed her interest in working in events when she lived in Melbourne working for events design company, JAK Creative and Events. Emma has also worked for Macmillan Cancer Support at their head office in the Special Events Team where she was able to assist with their annual events at a host of top London venues, whilst helping to raise huge amounts for the charity. Outside of work, Emma loves to cook up different dishes for her friends. She has also recently started to learn Spanish and is hoping to head to Spain this year to attempt to practice a little bit of the language! Olé!
Venue Finding Executive
Becky is a Venue Finding Executive on the AOK Venues team. She found her love for events whilst working in a 200-year-old family run cider farm in Somerset. After completing an event planning course at Bridgwater College, Becky moved to London to work for Capita Travel and Events where she expanded her industry and venues knowledge working as a dedicated consultant for one of Capita’s VIP clients and bookers in some of London's top hotels. Becky is a country girl and in her spare time, she is often found still seeking the fresh country hills or beaches to take her pooch for a walk. Becky also enjoys wining and dining herself, although her waistline isn’t such a fan!
Managing Director of AOK Cavendish
Dan is an experienced sales consultant, starting his career in corporate hospitality in 2007. With previous roles including selling Club Wembley seats for IMG at Wembley Stadium, Prestige Ticketing for the Olympics in London 2012 and most recently Head of Sales for Ryder Cup 2014. Dan joined AOK Events to head up the Rugby World Cup sales team, and now manages AOK Events hospitality arm, AOK Cavendish. Outside of AOK Events, Dan is a passionate Arsenal supporter as well as a cricket, tennis and all round sports fanatic.
Business Development Manager
Philip has an unrivaled wealth of experience and contacts in the hospitality and events industry. Having finished his professional football career at the tender age of 29, with spells with Wimbledon and Chelsea, it was a natural move into sports hospitality. Some career highlights for Philip include working on both the Australian and New Zealand Rugby World Cups, as well as being side of stage at The Royal Albert Hall watching Frank Sinatra! When not overseeing hospitality sales for AOK Cavendish, Philip can regularly be found travelling on the M6 at weekends to see his beloved Carlisle United!
Business Development Manager
Rob has a wide range of sales experience, and has been in the sports industry for a number of years with a wealth of experience working with international organisations such as World Rugby, Loughborough University, the UN World Food Programme and SportAccord. As Senior Sales Executive, Rob works across all of AOK Cavendish’s offerings, and loves nothing more than getting to know his clients and helping them find the perfect event to fit their requirements. In his spare time Rob is a full-time Cricket & Rugby Tragic, and is an expert at remembering utterly useless facts and trivia from the world of sport.
Rob has over three years of experience in sales, having previously worked for the international events company, i2i Events. During this time, he has learnt the importance of uncovering the specific needs of his clients to ensure the best possible results are achieved for them. Rob’s role within the AOK Cavendish team is to expand our portfolio of clients, as well as maintaining and enhancing our existing relationships with some of our key accounts. In his free time, Rob enjoys wasting money on watching football and pretending he is good at cooking, as well as getting in his Lycra for long bike rides in the sun.
Business Development Executive
Matt joined AOK Event in 2015 after studying Marketing at the University of the West of England. Hailing from a sporting background, Matt worked for the likes of Hampshire Cricket and Bristol City Football Club before joining the AOK Cavendish team. Matt’s role is to generate new business as well as develop existing relationships with our ever-growing client base. Matt heads up music hospitality, as well as ensuring our clients get the best hospitality offerings for Wimbledon. In his free time, Matt is a huge football and music fan – with Glastonbury Music Festival and Southampton Football Club being his true loves.
Head of Sales - Chestertons Polo in the Park
Tim started his career at Wembley Stadium (before it opened) looking after the Bobby Moore Club hospitality and seeing it through its first few years of major events. From there he worked on 2009 British & Irish Lions Tour & 2010 Fifa World Cup, both in South Africa. A 3 year stint in FMCG at Premier Foods followed working with Tesco & Co-op on Mr. Kipling cakes and Hovis bread, before returning to sports via the Ryder Cup 2014. Tim now heads up the hospitality sales for London’s up and coming polo event, Chestertons Polo in the Park. Outside of work, Tim has been playing rugby for the same club for 14 years (against his better judgement) and also spent 18 months as a stay at home dad pretending he was in charge!
Client Services Manager
Hailing from the tropical island of Trinidad, Charlene has a background in media and television production. With an interest in corporate media and entertainment Charlene ventured into the compliance and media monitoring industry in the UK working with companies such as Sony Music, Disney, Universal, Lionsgate, Paramount and ITV. As Client Services Manager within the AOK Cavendish team, Charlene ensures first class service is available to our clients, so they have an exceptional experience when booking corporate hospitality. Charlene enjoys going to gigs and spending quality time at home with a glass of Prosecco.
Client Services Executive
This is Elle’s first job in the events industry after completing her Level 3 Legal Secretary course at Epping Forest College. Elle supports the AOK Cavendish team as Client Services Executive and is an invaluable member of the team. She enjoys working with the fast paced world of live events and is looking forward to developing her skills further within the company. Outside of AOK Events Elle love sports, especially football and swimming, as well as getting out to watch live music as often as she can.
Client Services Executive
Olivia’s passion for events began from working at Lamb Chambers Barristers as a junior clerk, helping to run and organise conferences, talks and events. After working there for nearly three years, she decided it was time to embrace the events world fully and find a fabulous events company to work for! As Client Services Executive, Olivia supports the AOK Cavendish team, and is looking forward to progressing further within the company. When not at work, Olivia enjoys sports and music. She likes to keep a balanced lifestyle by going to the gym and keeping fit, whilst also meeting her friends for cocktails and eating her favourite food - chips!