Strengthening our client services department, James Howitt and Karen Swift fill two new Account Director roles, working across key agency clients, as well as Rahul Parek appointed as Production Manager and Olivia Duncan, Senior Account Executive.
Entering TBA towers, we paid a visit to their desks to find out a bit more about them...
James has over 10 years’ experience in marketing and live events working with a broad portfolio of clients including Adidas, Bupa, Deloitte, Ford, GE, HP and Nestle, overseeing the delivery of brand launches, large scale conferences, global communication programmes, exhibitions, sales launches and digital apps.
James likes to build insight at the heart of everything he does ensuring his project management is ultimately centred on a creative approach relevant to the brand he is working with.
Having worked at Havas Media as a planner and then spending a year working at a meetings venue, Olivia made it her absolute mission to get a job at TBA to further her career at an events agency.
Loving all things travel; she loves going on holiday, planning holidays, even planning other people’s holidays and seeking out and visiting new hotels. Having lived in Finsbury Park for over a year and London for over 3 years, she loves the London scene; trying new restaurants, bars and venues.
"Joining TBA is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to working with some great clients and being a part of some great events. Some interesting things about my life….. I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro and three years ago, I had a spontaneous collapsed lung- always a conversation starter!"
Rahul Parekh has joined us as a Production Manager with 5 years’ experience within Live Events.
Rahul started as a Project Coordinator working pre-dominantly in the healthcare sector. He quickly realised his interest lay in working with suppliers to cost and build the environment and moved over to the dark art of production management. Since the shift in role he has worked on a number of varied projects, large and small, from the Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations across the UK to a number of EE sales conferences to more recently the Yorkshire leg of The Tour De France.
Karen has over 11 years’ agency experience delivering creative-led brand experiences and events for both B2B and B2C clients. Previous experience spans a broad spectrum of sectors including automotive, pharma, finance, FMCG, retail, government and 3rd sector charities, for clients ranging from Porsche, M&S, E.ON, BBC, GSK, O2, Vodafone and innocent Drinks.
Always up for a challenge, Karen has led, managed and delivered highly successful events in the UK and abroad including high level conferences, major brand and product launches, car dealership training and development programs, and integrated brand marketing campaigns.
Previous to working in the live marketing arena, Karen worked in theatre, TV and film and still can be seen treading the boards from time to time.