Meet Andy Edwards

Andy Edwards

In our latest 'Getting to Know' feature - proudly sponsored by our friends at VisitBritain, we caught up with independent event professional Andy Edwards who has been in the industry for 18 years. Andy has a BA Honours degree in Event & Hospitality Management and is an an expert specialist in entertainment, team building & theming requirements. Throughout his career he has been fortunate enough to have worked on some terrific events across the globe, winning awards such as C&IT Best Energy & Utility Eventn

Q: In a nutshell, tell us the about your services and the some of the industries you’ve freelanced for?
A: I offer full project, event management and additional consultancy services; including production, team building & entertainment consultancy to best meet your event needs.My experience has led me in many different event directions; working closely with blue chip automobile, media & financial businesses, as well high-end customer led events in the cruise industry.

Q: How did you get started in the events industry?
A: I spent my initial years in hotels before working in the States as a rooms controller & entertainment manager! I then graduated at the University of Gloucestershire studying Event & Hospitality Management, subsequently moving into the agency world as a venue finding consultant. In time, moving up the ladder to Team Manager, and then solely into events in 2011, where I haven’t looked back!

Q: Most memorable moment working as a freelancer?
A: Only this year I took a short break from the industry to enjoy travelling through South East Asia. Whilst travelling I was given the opportunity to start my freelancing career early by entirely managing a ‘Back to the 80’s’ festival in Bali for a high-end cruise customer. I only had basic equipment, including a laptop, to operate such large event logistics. A huge amount of work, but eventually paying off considerably and my customer & guests were ecstatic with the final results - a truly memorable & monumental moment in my career.

Q: Best location you’ve worked at?
A: I have been lucky enough to work all over the globe. Destination wise, I would say either Bali because of its sheer beauty and people, or South Korea as it was truly fascinating, and culturally, very different to work in.

Q: If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself when you first started out in the events world?
A: Not to panic, don’t rush into things too quickly, and don’t be afraid of getting things wrong as you only learn and get stronger from them.

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