Meet the team
Emily Perrier, Conference Sales Manager
A Royal Holloway alumna (Economics), Emily has over 15 years of sales experience. She started her career as a private client stock broker for Merrill Lynch before running her own company for 8 years importing and exporting whole sale and private cars. Having spent the last 4 years at Royal Holloway, Emily has been involved with a wide variety of events including The BBC’s Stargazing Live. Emily particularly enjoys working with such a diverse range of clients and being able to facilitate bringing together the best people in their fields to discuss and explore new ideas and share research. She is currently working towards her ILM Level 5 qualification. To unwind, Emily enjoys yoga and allotment gardening and is a Governor at a local C of E school.
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 15 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.
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.
Adela Fernandez, Conference and Events Sales Executive (currently on maternity leave)
Following a degree in Tourism and Hospitality followed by 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.
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 within Royal Holloway’s Conference and Events team, most recently as Conference and Events Shift Leader. In her spare time, Annika enjoys socialising with friends and going to yoga and Thai boxfit classes.
Helen Earwaker, New Business Executive
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. In her spare time, Helen is a wife and mum to two daughters as well as a Local Authority School Governor.
Terri Sadler, Event Coordinator
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 Service Skills competition for which she was rewarded with a day of work experience at Buckingham Palace 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.