Cut my teeth in digital marketing at Google and YouTube eventually leaving the mothership to see what the start-up world had to offer. Head of EMEA Marketing for InVisionApp, a digital product design platform. In a previous life I helped to launch The AllBright a members club for working women and ran FoundHER, The Festival of Female Founders. (I also came up with the name, proud moment there)
*Great at starting things, less good at finishing things
My sporting background and intense need to organise lured me into event management, from high-end hospitality programmes to live TV or large scale outdoor sporting events I’ve covered an assortment of events crossing cultures and countries. Since launching Congress Amy has changes roles from F1 and fast cars to take on new challenges in the tennis world at the Lawn Tennis Association as Hospitality and Event Manager.
*I’m a confident person, but I lack self-worth…so I’m told!
After spending 5 years at Google I decided to change industries to Condé Nast. I worked initially for Condé Nast Britain in a Commercial Director role and later moved to Condé Nast International where I am Director of Strategic Initiatives. My remit spans the whole business, managing large partnerships to working closely with our Vogue editorial teams around the world.
*As the last of 8 children I am can sometimes talk at breakneck speeds
Having started my career in an advertising non-profit organisation I moved across to the charity sector as an events manager. I've been lucky enough to manage a variety of events from the standard fundraising dinners, auctions and talks at The Gavroche, The Savoy and Christie's to the rather more surreal clay pigeon shoot in the private area of Windsor Great Park.
*Despite being an avid reader I am terrible at spelling. Genuinely.
I have been working in the world of TV, digital media strategy and technology for almost 16 years.
I left Google/YouTube last year after 13 years to embark on a sabbatical having been brought on at Google to start the UK sales team.
During my year off I have gone on a mission of mind and business expansion, continued on leading aid and relief efforts to refugees and ultimately redefining the next leg of what my professional journey will look like.
Layla is the budding entrepreneur amongst Congress founders, having recently launched SUPA on a mission to de-stigmatise mental health in the workplace. Over the past year she’s built a collective of the UK’s leading mental health experts who work together in organisations improving employee wellbeing. Layla’s also involved in a small project developing a stress measurement tool which will allow people to track their personal mental health over time.
As a Corporate Trainer and Coach I’ve worked with teams of all shapes and sizes across SE Asia, USA, Pakistan, Great Britain and France. The courses I run cover areas including business negotiations, influencing, business development, personal development, and presentation skills. I pull on over 10 years experience in sales and marketing to help me do this, and look forward to seeing what Congress events bring! Since launching Congress Katherine has taken on a new role as Business Development Director at the School of CEO's
*I struggle with trying to make things perfect even though I know trying to be perfect hinders progression as nothing can ever truly be perfect.
I have focused my university studies and career in technology and business with a decade of experience in various roles in the advertising arena. From planner buyer / manager in digital media agencies such as Publicis Groupe to now Google where I spent the last 5 years as a search tech consultant and managing a UK technical team.
*I love data, numbers and structure which means in some cases I take my time to bring my ideas forward.