I started working in the music industry as a temporary receptionist for MCP Promotions in Walsall in 1996. I had no idea that 6 months maternity cover would eventually lead to my current role as Head of Operations for Kilimanjaro Live, via some years spent as a promoter assistant and ticketing manager. I now head up event delivery for Kili, plus sit on the Senior Management Team for the overall company. Most of my time is spent in our London office, planning our major events and festivals and exploring prospective work, plus a few happy weeks a year out on tour or in a field to keep me interested •

Sarah is a freelance production and site manager, trading as SC Productions Ltd. and working in thea- tre and outdoor events. She has spent much of her theatre career working in Wales whilst her event work is on a National basis. SC Productions' specialism is staging work outdoors in all weathers and situations. NOWIE has been a vision of Sarah's for the last few years and I am currently thrilled that it is all coming together and that the women of the event industry have embraced our vision •

Following on from leaving my role as Head of entertainment at Capital Radio in 1998, I started my own production company 'entertee'. Entertee has since produced many events with high profile artists over the years and have worked with some great clients. I am also co-owner of entertee hire, a company that provides high quality fencing solutions to the event industry, and partner in entertee select, producing events for the corporate sector •

I became involved in the music industry quite by chance when I was asked to assist as a sub-consul- tant at a concert during one summer many years ago. I continued with the part-time working (in addition to my day job) for a few years until my children didn't need me around quite so much. I then took the leap to full time consultancy and have been happily employed ever since. I am now the Operations Manager for Vanguardia Consulting splitting my time between events up and down the country (mainly in the summer months) and our London and Oxted offices •

I was lucky enough to stumble across work in the Box Office of Brixton Academy in the early 90's and quickly worked my way to Events Co-Ordinator & Assistant venue Manager. I moved into Brand experience events with companies like Cake & Slice as a Production Manager in the late 90's until I started the majority of my contracts with CC-Lab. Much of the later years has been spent producing in over 55 countries with major acts and brands like Henieken, Smirnoff & recently producing all the Orange Rockcorps events which allow kids to do four hours community work to earn their ticket, so you also get to feel good about what you do – which is nice. I feel like I have a varied mix of skills to bring to the committee from venue management, creative, brand & producing and I hope I can draw on these to help support and other women coming to NOWIE for guidance, I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in •

Heather got her foot through the door in the events industry through a placement year at Live Nation whilst studying Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. After graduating in 2009 she has been freelancing for several companies throughout the events industry with her main focus being within large outdoor live events. She has also been fulfilling her passion for snowsports by managing several projects within the French Alps including the Royal Navy Alpine Championships. Heather is looking forward helping others get a foot through the door within the small live events world through NOWIE •

After fluffing several typing tests I got a job as a PA at Sony Music in 2000. It was a great time to join, just at the start of the digital/mobile revolution and so the department I worked in (eMedia) quickly rose from the confines of the basement to the much sunnier heights of the new business floor. I left in 2003 with the rather snazzy title of Mobile Commerce Manager, joining Orange to manage their T in the Park and Glastonbury sponsorships before moving onto O2 where I've been for the last 7 years, looking after their partnership with AEG and The O2. I look around now at all my old colleagues who worked in post rooms, as runners, assistants and coordinators and they are now in some of the most senior positions in the industry. My tips for getting your foot in the door: hard work, determination and sticking your neck out to meet lots of people •

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