#EventProf of the week: Adrian Eyles-Jones, Richmond Event Management

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Each week we will focus on a StandOut individual who has been extraordinary within the events industry. This week it is Adrian Eyles-Jones, site manager at Richmond Event Management, nominated by Catherine Bishop…

“Adrian always goes above and beyond and never says no to anything he is a true superstar to work with. Adrian also puts up with all my phone calls, emails, and the crazy ideas that we come up with at Stable Events and does it with a smile on his face the whole time. It is a true pleasure to work with Adrian on The Game Fair, LAPADA, and the new 2024 Blenheim International Horse Trials as my site manager.”

How did you get into the events industry?

I started with some weekend work with AndyLoos back in 1994 on WOMAD Festival. Then the weekend job went to full-time until 2001 when I decided to take a leap of faith into freelance site management. I’ve never looked back!

Where has your career taken you and what roles have you enjoyed? 

My career has taken me from a service engineer with AndyLoos to now a site manager for REM (Richmond Event Management). In between, I have been involved in a wide range of projects, from zone manager for the International Festival of the Sea (IFOS), water site manager for Glastonbury Festivals for many years, site managing Tall Ships Festivals in Hartlepool, Greenock, Gloucester, and Portsmouth to being the site manager for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta for more than 15 years. In recent years, I’ve been the site manager for The Game Fair, LAPADA, and PAD art fairs in Mayfair as well as the River of Light Festival in Liverpool.

What is it about your job that you love doing?

I find it so satisfying to start with a blank canvas, and collaborate with a wide range of partners, to then put on an amazing event for thousands of visitors and respectfully return the venue back to how we found it when we arrived.

What’s been the stand out moment of your career so far?

Standing in the Captain’­s quarters of HMS Illustrious for the IFOS 2005 (thickest carpet I have ever stood on!)

What’s been your biggest achievement? Equally, what have you done that you can now look back on and be super proud of due to its challenges?

There are two. First was being trusted to run a zone at the International Festival of the Sea 2005 – my first big job for REM. Secondly has been the site manager of The Game Fair for the last three years. This is one of my favourite events to date.

What key pieces of advice would you give to someone starting in events?

Never stop learning. Listen to your peers and those around you with experience. As part of the REM team, I’m really happy and more than willing to share my knowledge and experience with younger members of the team. It’s not just about learning from the positive experiences I’ve had but also imparting some of the things that haven’t always gone right. There are many of us with a wealth of experience, willing to share and help the progress in site management. I’m proud as part of the team that our work is based on collaboration, being respectful, responsive and creative. These for me sum up the core values you need in the event industry.

What career goals do you have and where do you see yourself heading? For example, is there an event that you would love to work on but haven’t?

My goal is to keep going for many years, delivering exceptional service to our clients, and to take REM and the best team of guys that I have ever worked with on my journey too.

If you would like to nominate someone for #EventProf of the week, please email marketing@standoutmagazine.co.uk