Meet the team: Kelly

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Kelly McGibney

Events Executive (Corporate)

 

Year started at Sadler’s Wells: 2014

 

Role:

I manage corporate events in front of house spaces, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Peacock Theatre when they are not being used for programmed shows. The spaces vary in their size and abilities, so the clients and events are incredibly varied also. At any given time I can simultaneously be working on a Chinese Opera, series of corporate show packages, daytime workshop and 1500 strong conference in the Main House. Everyone in the Events Team is a combination of sales and operations, so it’s really satisfying to work on a project from the initial sales enquiry right to the event or performance. 

 

Life passion:

I have a passion for the arts and its often underappreciated value to individuals and groups. Arts and culture reflects the realities of society, offers hope for a better future and gives a voice to those who cannot always speak for themselves. Art drives us to become more thoughtful and expressive people, as both creators and witnesses.  

 

Funniest moment at work:

After a week’s run of a Chinese Opera at the Peacock Theatre, the company called me and the Technical Manager on stage. They wanted to publicly thank us and we ended up posing for countless photographs with the cast, Chinese officials and VIPs. It was a surreal moment and at the end we were each presented with a massive framed photo of one of the characters in full, traditional costume and dress. It’s a striking piece of art (to say the least) which our Building Services team kindly hung on the wall behind my desk. 

 

Dream destination:

I’d love to rent a house in Edinburgh for the whole month of August and experience the Fringe in its entirety. This fantasy obviously also comes with a magical money tree!

 

Favourite tipple:

Gin and tonic – I have a rotating collection of about 10 gins at home.

 

Top events tip:

Never assume that anyone in the event process knows 100% of anything. Never assume the client knows exactly what they want or need, never assume other departments are fully briefed on your event and never assume the public has all of the information about the event. It’s always best to over prepare and be helpful rather than assume someone is informed and then have to fight fire.

 

Wisdom to live by:

"With enough courage you can live without a reputation" and "Nobody can ever take away your education."