With her Dad running his own conference and events management company, Lou’s path was set from the start. “I have always been an organised person and love writing lists, so it seemed natural to organise events for other people!” Lou started her career as an event and wedding co-ordinator at a country house hotel in Sussex. Organising and delivering over 250 private events, 80 conferences and 220 weddings, it’s safe to say she was a busy bee. Choosing to pursue a career in London, Lou moved to the capital, joining Moving Venue and their Outdoor Catering department. After two years a change was needed, Lou took on a new role as Operations Manager for the Global Infusion Group. After seeing the exciting work Smart was doing at the Olympics, Lou couldn’t resist and took a bite of the cake, she has been with us ever since.
650 cyclists and 966 miles
A 24 hour catering operation for 650 cyclists, travelling from John O’Groats to Lands’ End, stopping at 10 ‘campsites’ over a 10 day period, what is this? This is Lou’s favourite event. “It was the most challenging event I have done from a pre-event logistical planning perspective. It was also the first project that I managed in its entirety, from the initial pitch to delivery.” For this event to be a success, Lou managed 2 independent catering teams, leap frogging each other down the UK. The menus were packed full of carbs to keep the cyclists charged, ready for their 110 mile cycle each day! Despite the sleep deprivation, the pride and sheer relief Lou felt when the last cyclist had completed the 966th mile made it all worthwhile. And Lou has a lot to be proud of, working at the London 2012 Olympic Games was not an opportunity she was going to miss and one she’ll never forget.
Spare time, what spare time?
Lou centres herself on her family and her spare time is spent with them. “I don’t have much spare time being a mother to my son Finn. In my spare time I sleep!”