Matt James

After working for leading Middle East advertising agency Publicis Graphics, Matt began his event career working on fundraising events for AIDS charity London Lighthouse, before joining the corporate events team at the investment bank Credit Suisse.

He then founded his own event company and has since won 30 industry awards for his creative and strategic approach to event design and production.

A prominent figure in the UK event industry, he is often invited to judge or speak at industry events, which has included:

  • 2017 Speaker, BNC Event Show
  • 2014-17, Guest Lectures, Southampton Solent University
  • 2013 Judge, The Eventice
  • 2013 Speaker, International Confex
  • 2010 Speaker, Academic Venue Show
  • 2009 Speaker, RSVP Show
  • 2006 Speaker, ISES Conference
  • 2005 Judge, ITMA Awards
  • 2005 Speaker, International Confex
  • 2004 Lecture, Thames Valley University Event Course
  • 2004 Judge, Corporate Event Association (CEA) Awards
  • 2003 Lecture, International Special Event Society (ISES)
  • Matt has contributed to both consumer magazines, such as Instyle, Esquire and Ocado Life, and trade publications including Conference & Incentive Travel and his own monthly column, Matt's Planet, in RSVP.

    He is author of the book Become an Event Planner: Secrets for Getting Hired from Employers, Recruiters, and Event Professionals, a practical guide for starting a career in events.

    For more information see becomeaneventplanner.org