Regan has spent the last four years in her current position) at Pentillie Castle & Estate as the Estate Sales Manager, also looking after marketing the property. Previously, she was Sales & Marketing Manager for one of Cornwall’s leading function and conference venues, Lanhydrock Hotel, Golf & Country Club.
Previous roles that Regan has held have included Key Account Manager for a national Food Manufacturer, Samworth Brothers, Business Development Manager of the prestigious St Mellion International Resort, and Sales Manager for a Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club.
Kelly has been at the vanguard of the wedding industry since 2003, and has grown her award-winning planning business, The Bespoke Wedding Company, to become one of the UK’s most respected independent wedding and event planning companies. A former Director of trade body, the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, Kelly is a well regarded innovator, mentor, trainer and industry spokesperson on and in the wedding business.
Kelly is a long-term preferred service provider for exclusive venues such as Syon Park, Highclere Castle, Spencer House & Stoke Park Club where her professional, knowledgeable, friendly approach is highly coveted. Her consulting draws on prior experience in international conference & event planning, 13+ years of business management, working directly with discerning couples planning their weddings in diverse locations and forging successful relationships with all components of the wedding industry.
Lynda has a true passion for all things hospitality and events and, with her strong marketing background, is now putting that passion and the skills gained from more than 30 years in this sector to good use within the wedding industry.
Founder of The Fairy Wedmother, which started life as a blog and grew very quickly to offer wedding planning and coordination, Lynda is now turning her attention to helping venues learn how to offer the best weddings possible, increasing guest satisfaction along the way. Over the last few years, Lynda has worked with numerous venues across the country.
Ciara Crossan is a tech entrepreneur who combined a degree in Business Information Systems with a family background in hotels to found WeddingDates 10 years ago. WeddingDates addresses a gap in the wedding market, matching couples searching for the perfect wedding venue with hotels and venues looking to generate leads and qualified enquiries for dates they have available to sell.
Ciara is a self-professed evangelist on all things web and weddings and is an expert in sales, marketing and PR for small businesses. Under the leadership of her infectious enthusiasm, industry knowledge and entrepreneurial drive, WeddingDates has won numerous awards and Ciara herself was shortlisted as “Outstanding Entrepreneur” in the UK Women 1st SHINE Awards in 2013.
WeddingDates works with 650 hotels and venues across Ireland and the UK and has delivered in excess of 200,000 wedding enquiries to those hotels which have resulted in more than 11,000 weddings across the UK & Ireland with a value of £80M to their hotel & venue clients.
The Tourism Business, supports hotels and wedding venues across the UK with their marketing strategy, and marketing, sales and PR activities. Current clients include four-star hotels in the Lake District, North Yorkshire, County Durham and the Channel Islands. Martin is also the founder and organizer of The National Hotel Marketing Conference and has run other conferences such as the National Attractions Marketing Conference, the National Hotel Sales Conference and the National Spa Marketing Conference.
Prior to starting The Tourism Business in 1997, Martin held marketing director positions at Yorkshire Tourist Board, Consort Hotels Group, and Forte Hotels, Heathrow. He has worked in Weddings Marketing for over 20 years, and wrote the definitive article on “Weddings Tourism” for the English Tourist Board, now VisitEngland.
Adam is the founder and CEO of hotel marketing agency DHM and the Associate Director of The Cranleigh Boutique. He is also the author of Amazon #1 best-selling book The Direct Method. The book provides a unique marketing methodology crafted from over 10 years of driving wedding sales and room bookings to UK hotels.
Within the book, Adam shares The Wedding Method – a proven marketing formula that uses a combination of online advertising, digital automations and traditional marketing methods to engage with potential wedding customers in a personalised manner, encouraging them to book a viewing at the wedding venue or hotel.
Alison is the founder of Guides for Brides, Planit App and BeyondWeddings. She has 23 years of experience in marketing wedding venues and suppliers online, and represents many of the UK’s top venues as well as some of the most popular wedding brands.
Over a million couples a year use her online platform to plan their weddings giving valuable insights into the buying habits of brides and grooms and enabling venues to benchmark themselves against their competitors. These insights can enable the savvy business to stay a step ahead and get the maximum return for their marketing activities.
Tanya is a former lawyer who retrained in Wedding & Event Management. In 2013 she joined Newcastle’s iconic and independent 4-star Vermont Hotel. As Head of Weddings, Tanya was responsible for everything from marketing to sales, to co-ordinating the weddings on the day. She calls this journey from “first visit to first dance”.
The Vermont hotel weddings team was voted Wedding Co-ordinators of the Year in The North of England Wedding Awards, twice in a row. When not at work you’ll find Tanya on her beloved beach in Tynemouth, training for a marathon, or cooking.