Tomorrow’s Talent 2022 winners revealed

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The Meetings Show is celebrating 10 bright stars of the business meetings and events industry as it unveils the winners of Tomorrow’s Talent 2022.

The Tomorrow’s Talent initiative, run in partnership with M&IT and sponsored by Visit Belfast in 2022, champions exceptional emerging talent within the industry to help nurture and support the leaders of the future.

Now in its fourth year, Tomorrow’s Talent is designed to shine a light on the meeting and events industry’s rising stars and provide them with opportunities to progress further in their careers. This year’s competition was open to any talented event planner or buyer aged 30 and under, or with three years or less experience working in the industry.

The 10 winners of Tomorrow’s Talent 2022 are:

  • Daniel Wilcock, event and project manager, Wilcock Event Services
  • Jessica McNulty, senior event co-ordinator, Quadrant Events Ltd
  • Jonathan Richards, project manager, Brightelm
  • Josh King, sales and marketing director, emc3
  • Laura Jensen, content and community executive, Reed Exhibitions
  • Marali Kempthorne, team leader meetings and events, Reed & Mackay
  • Milly Pickles, event executive, Parallel Blue
  • Olivia Salvage, senior events co-ordinator, doTERRA
  • Sarah Zarywacz, event executive, ECI Partners
  • Shakira Browne, senior events manager, Ultima Media

Entries were judged by a panel of leading industry experts: Paul Harvey, M&IT editor; Lisa Stewart, Visit Belfast business tourism manager ; Patrick Delaney, SoolNua managing partner; Leigh Cowlishaw, Black Box Partnerships managing partner; PriyaNarain, Event First Steps co-founder; Gabby Austen-Browne Diversity Ally co-founder; and Gracia Kabongo, Tomorrow’s Talent 2019 winner and Wates Group events manager.

All entrants were assessed for their achievements to date, ability to face challenges, drive and ambition, engagement with the wider industry and the future impact they could make.

Jack Marczewski, The Meetings Show event director, said: “On behalf of The Meetings Show and our expert panel of judges, I would like to congratulate our 10 Tomorrow’s Talent 2022 winners. Yet again, the standard of entries was incredibly high and I know the judges had a tough job determining just 10 winners among so many strong contenders.

“It is a privilege to be able to shine a spotlight on such strong talent and offer an opportunity to the winners to develop and grow even more within the industry. We look forward to celebrating with them at The Meetings Show next month.”

The Tomorrow’s Talent winners will be invited as VIPs to The Meetings Show at ExCeL London on 29 and 30 June where they will attend a celebratory reception hosted by Visit Belfast. The prize includes an invitation to a celebratory lunch and publicity and profile-building opportunities.

Registration is now open for the live show. To register, visit themeetingsshow.com/register.

Holly Patrick
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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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