Manish joined Royal Holloway in September 2017 from The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. The Inner Temple is a professional body that provides legal training, selection, and regulation for barristers and judges so Manish has a wealth of experience in delivering catering at a high level. Previous key roles include General Manager at Searcy’s in Knightsbridge, an exclusive venue, devoted to fine dining and hosting celebrity events; General Manager at the London Transport Museum and Hospitality Manager for international law firm, Allen & Overy.
Helen Earwaker, Sales and Marketing Manager
Helen joined the team having run her own small business in the wedding industry. A Royal Holloway alumna (Management Studies), Helen acts as the first point of contact for new enquiries for conferences and events and strives to forge new links with potential customers and others in the industry, by attending networking events and showing people the fabulous facilities available at Royal Holloway. Helen was the winner of the TUCO (The University Caterer’s Organisation) Rising Star Award in 2018. In her spare time, Helen is a wife and mum to two daughters as well as a Local Authority School Governor.
Carol Leppard, Conference and Events Sales Executive
Carol is an experienced Event Sales Manager who has worked in a variety of hospitality venues. Most recently for the Sundial Group at Barnett Hill Conference Centre, but she has also worked for privately owned Bailiffscourt Hotel, the 5 star Grand Hotel in Brighton and the Jarvis Cooden Beach Hotel. Her earlier career was spent as an Operations Manager for Royal Pavilion Estate Caterers and as a Catering & Bars Manager for Eastbourne Borough Council. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, eating out and travelling the country supporting Plymouth Argyle Football Team.
Nicola Byrne, Conference and Events Sales Executive
Nicola has built a wealth of experience in organising large international academic conferences while working for the Biological Sciences department at Royal Holloway, before she transferred to the conference team. Her earlier career was spent in a variety of positions ranging from project management to marketing in a legal publishing company. During her spare time, she enjoys food, cooking and travel with her husband and two daughters.
Annika Cheung, Conference and Events Sales Executive
Annika graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Events Management and was a Meeting and Events Sales Executive and Event Planner intern at the 4 star Guoman Tower Hotel in London. She also worked as a Front of House Assistant at the Athletes’ village during the 2012 Olympics. Since then she has worked with Royal Holloway’s Conference and Events team, most recently as Conference and Events Shift Leader. Annika has been shortlisted in the 2019 Conference Hospitality Awards in the “Rising Star” category. In her spare time, Annika enjoys socialising with friends and going to yoga and Thai boxfit classes.
Adela Fernandez, Conference and Events Sales Executive
Following a degree in Tourism and Hospitality and a Masters in Hotel Management, Adela began her career in a variety of positions at Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa. Most recently, she held the position of Sales Consultant for the Sundial Group at Barnett Hill Conference Centre. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with family and friends, trying new restaurants and walking in the countryside.
Terri Sadler, Conference and Events Sales Executive
Terri has worked at Royal Holloway since 2007 working within the Conference and Events team, most recently as Conference and Events Shift Leader. Highlights of Terri’s career include winning The University Caterers’ Organisation TUCO) Service Skills competition for which she was rewarded with a day of work experience at Buckingham Palace, as well as winning TUCO Rising Star Award and her involvement in the running of the Queen’s visit to Royal Holloway in 2014. In her spare time, Terri enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and is also a member of the Executive Committee at the local Scout group.
Matthew Woodham, Kinetics Systems and Conference Management Officer
Matthew is not only a fantastic, safe pair of hands when it comes to organising your conference, but he’s also a font of knowledge when it comes to all things Royal Holloway. Matthew started his Royal Holloway career during his student days. During his 19 years at Royal Holloway, Matthew has organised countless events and occasions, including the Athletes’ village on campus during the 2012 Olympics. Matthew has also organised special filming events such as Downton Abbey and The Avengers. No event is too large for Matthew, as he has organised conferences for up to 600 delegates. In his spare time, Matthew is a proud father and husband and a soloist for his community choir.