Previous Speakers

Previous Retreat Speakers


Senior Incentives Manager, Quintessentially Travel

Odette has been in the event industry for over 9 years, managing a variety of international events from conferences, exhibitions, incentives, festivals and much more. Specialising in large events up to 10,000 people, the industry has taken Odette to all four corners of the globe. With a heartfelt passion for travel, Odette found her calling in the incentives market at Quintessentially Travel, where her constant wanderlust has allowed her to curate unforgettable experiences for clients across the globe, from Norway’s wilderness and Northern lights chasing to motorbiking through Cape Town’s Winelands.


Senior Events Director, Imagination

As a Senior Event Director on the Shell Team Lynne has been leading a large talented multi- disciplinary team across Imagination Global offices delivering our award winning largest Incentive programme for over 1200 guests in New York, Dubai and Sydney.
With over 20 years of International events industry experience (19 at Imagination) encompassing C&I, PR, Retail and Experiential events Lynne has a proven track record delivering rich and unique experiences for consumers, media and corporate clients. With a reputation in the industry for attention to detail and customer service Lynne’s strengths truly come to bare when leading large and complex events across multiple channels.
Prior to working at Imagination Lynne lived and worked in Italy for six years for a DMC where she gained hands on ground handling experience organising conferences, incentives and film premieres. Sectors and clients included Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Financial and Media.
In her spare time Lynne has managed to find time to organise some quite spectacular VIP weddings garnering extensive media attention!


Producer/Director at BBC Natural History Unit

Chadden Hunter is a producer and director who has worked on some of the bestknown natural history series including Frozen Planet, Planet Earth, and Seven Worlds, One Planet. He has dodged armed bandits and survived brain-parasites and filmed everything from indigenous tribes in Africa to snow leopards in Pakistan. Growing up in Queensland Australia, Chadden studied conservation and marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef. He completed a PhD on gelada baboons in Ethiopia before working in film-making for National Geographic, PBS, and the Discovery Channel in the US. Starting a long association with David Attenborough and the BBC, Chadden worked on The Life of Mammals before joining the teams on Planet Earth (where he became known as 'the guy covered in bat poop') and Natural World. He took on producer and director duties on Frozen Planet, during which, whilst filming arctic wolves, he learned -40C was cold enough to freeze his eyes shut. He then went on to work on Wild Arabia and Planet Earth II.

Chadden has also spent a large part of his life diving in oceans around the world as a Dive master and with underwater film crews. He has worked alongside marine conservationists tackling plastics in the seas everywhere from South East Asia and the Caribbean to underneath the Antarctic ice cap. With insights, engaging and often amusing stories, and stunning images and neverbefore-seen footage, Chadden looks at lessons in creative thinking, problem solving, risk and working in a team as well as exploring the power, adaptability and fragility of the natural world. He explains the huge logistical and creative challenges that producing these spectacular series involve. He also reveals how incredible shots are captured (often a combination of cutting edge technology, calculated risk, careful planning and a lot of both patience and luck) and what goes on behind the scenes of these internationally successful series that educate, entertain and inspire.


SITE Board Member, Marketing Director

Anthony sits on the board of SITE GB as their Marketing Director as well as being Co-Chair of the Digital Transformation task force for SITE Global. He began his marketing career back in 2008 after studying Business Management & Marketing at the University of Stirling. He has fine tuned his marketing skills across various industries including oil & gas, engineering and dentistry. He joined the MICE industry in 2015 as marketing manager for Penguins Events & Incentive Travel and has since progressed to become Head of New Business Marketing for their parent company DRPG. Anthony is adept at understanding markets and their associated consumers. He develops and deploys effective strategies that add value to their target audience, achieves business objectives and grows revenues.


Director

Charlie is an engagement expert, an effective business leader that sees everyday as an opportunity to make a positive difference. He has over 25 years of building integrated communication campaigns that have a live event, experience or activation at the heart of the delivery. He always seeks to understand the WHY behind the corporate narrative in order to change behaviours to provide effective and measurable value. Having been engaged by over a third of FTSE 100 companies and others of all scales, in local and global markets, an outstanding results-based track record has been built. Charlie lives in Brighton and is the MD and founder of BE Vivid, an award-winning live events agency.


Managing Partner, ITB Events

I’m a true stereotype of the XXIst century woman... I send mails with one hand whilst the other pushes the grocery trolley,. I cook dinner whilst closing a deal on the phone and I only get to the office with my makeup on if I’ve been unlucky to be stopped on a few red lights. Above all I am a mother, then an active family member, a decent friend and I happen to have a great job. Born in 1971 in Barcelona I was always a hard working student with a never-ending hunger for knowledge. I can speak a good bunch of languages and show off about my diplomas, like my 2018 acquired Executive MBA, but none of them makes me feel proud like my Red Cross First Aid certification which twice helped me save a human being’s life. At the age of 21 I was an official courier guide in Switzerland, at 25 I was the body concierge of a 5*GL hotel and at 29 I moved to the Spanish dmc universe in the best company I could ever work at. Not the most recommended cook in the world I have great skills like Best Penalty Shooter on Heels, Lightsaber Master, Certified Black Belt Shopper, recently awarded Gold Medal in Axe Throwing (only in the UK though) and I loooooove to dance.

Within SITE: Member of the Founding Board of Site Spain in 2005, Member of the Hosting Committee of the Site International Conference in Barcelona 2006, Chairwoman of the SITE Global Conference in South Africa 2010, Member of the International Board of Directors 2012-2014, Vice President of SITE Global for 2015, Member of the International Board of Directors 2016-2017 Speaker: Bariloche, El Cairo, Punta Cana, Las Vegas, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Dubai

Awards: Best dmc of the year 2018, Crystal Award World’s Best Destination Based Motivational Program 2017, Crystal Awards Best Incentive Program Europe 2013


Global Sales Director, Uniqueworld Global

Christian Hobbs started his career in the hospitality industry and later graduated at Leeds Beckett University with a BA Hons in International Hospitality Business Management.

In 2004 Christian joined Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts in a sales capacity to generate revenue from the meeting and incentive (M&I) market.

His career developed with the creation of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), when Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts joined a hotel portfolio to include Omni Hotels & Resorts, Rydges Hotels, Kempinski Hotels & Resorts and many other five star hotel chains.

In 2008 Christian launched a DMC representation company called Uniqueworld.

Rebranded in May 2019 as a ‘Global DMC Supplier Network’ with more than 85 DMC offices in more than 65 countries. UniqueRFP was also launched, enabling event planners to register, search a DMC online and request for a group proposal with the ability to message online – directly with offices worldwide – avoiding concerns of response time and time zone barriers. Our technology allows planners to focus on more time to talk, brainstorm about their event programme and goals to be achieved.

As a member of Travelife (leading training initiative committed to sustainability in travel), we strive to deliver a unique service, selecting more sustainable venues, and support personalised communication channels.

Our success is built upon trust, specialist knowledge, excellence in service and presenting new, emerging and innovative destinations.

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