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About First Event

At First Event, we believe in the power of experiences. Whether live or virtual, we are here to make your events fantastic, your impossible feel effortless, and your business goals a reality.

We are a UK leading corporate events management agency headquartered in Yorkshire, with a 20 year-long history of delivering exceptional events across the world. Our passionate team, made up of more than 70 dedicated professionals, has orchestrated and executed thousands of events, including physical, virtual, and hybrid experiences on a global scale.

We are your all-in-one solution for your event needs, creating bespoke experiences designed to engage your audience and deliver your key business messages. Whether for a few hundred in-person attendees or a large-scale virtual broadcast to thousands, our flexible service covers every aspect of your event, from initial creative concepts to seamless execution.

As an employee-owned company, our team of events professionals treat your business goals as if they were our own, bringing creativity, expertise and attention to detail to ensure that every single attendee receives a VIP experience. We leverage our teams’ collective skills and expertise in event planning, design, creativity, marketing, technology, and venue management to deliver a high-powered event management service to bring your bespoke event to life.

Life at First Event

Meet the Team

Meet The Team Richard Murphy
Richard Murphy
Managing Director
Meet The Team Adele Woods
Adele Woods
Director of Delivery
Meet The Team Jake Burnham
Jake Burnham
Sales Director
Meet The Team Marc Allott
Marc Allott
Creative Director
Meet The Team Ian Browne
Ian Browne
Finance Director
Meet The Team Catherine Wallace
Catherine Wallace
Employee Relations Manager
Meet The Team Katie Duance
Katie Duance
Head of Marketing
Meet The Team Joe Lindsay
Joe Lindsay
Head of Web
Meet The Team Sharon Piibeam2
Sharon Pilbeam
Head of Creative
Meet The Team Max Collishaw 006
Max Collishaw
Head of Digital
Meet The Team Kerry Saxby
Kerry Saxby
Head of Operations
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I cannot overstate how lucky we were to work with First Event on this project.We were able to produce an industry-standard four-day event with delegates and speakers from five countries in seven timezones. As you might expect from a tech company, our development standards are high. Our delegates were particularly impressed by the platform UX and stability. As the business sponsor, I am extremely impressed by your event team. Nothing was too much trouble, and we were particularly demanding clients. The whole team were great. The success of the event means we have decided to make this an annual event and very much look forward to working with First Event again.
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First Event is the dream extension. Regardless of how the event industry has been forced to evolve in the last 2 years, they've taken it in their stride and adjusted accordingly. Perhaps more importantly, First Event is not only thinking about our needs as the client, but the delegate experience; ensuring every tiny noticeable thing is taken care of.
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We’ll always look back fondly at the trip we organised with First Event. The aim was to create incredible life long memories for our team, and it’s safe to say that everyone who came along to Switzerland believes this experience will stay with them as one of the most amazing trips of their lives. We chose to work with the First Event team because of their extensive experience organising large-scale events, the alignment of our values and brand, and also the great people on their team. The First Event team were professional and supportive throughout the entire process, they went above and beyond to make this the most memorable trip for us. And if we had challenging situations to solve, the First Event team always provided us with the best guidance, advice, and support to help us make the best decision. We wish we could be back in Switzerland with First Event and do the whole thing again!

In 2021, we became an employee-owned company. This move not only secured our strong ethos, creative freedom, and core values, but it also cemented our independence for the future. Explore what its like to work at First Event


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