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We love what we do!

Our team, with over 150 years of combined experience, brings creativity and expertise to every project we deliver.  Absolute Corporate Events will assign a dedicated event manager to work with you on delivering everything you need; from finding the perfect venue and creating a unique concept and striking design, through to delivering perfect production and logistics management.  Our service is focused, considerate and distinctive

Chris Parnham
Chris Parnham

Chris Parnham MBA CDir

Managing Director

Chris has been in the events industry for 25 years, holding senior, owner and director posts for large corporates and agencies. In recent years Chris has been voted amongst the top 5 in the C&IT Power 50, and Director of the Year by the IoD. He has an MBA in Communication Strategy, and is a Chartered Director.  Chris spent two years as Chairman of the HBAA and is current VP Communication at MPI UK & Ireland.

chris@absolutecorporateevents.com

Angie Mason
Angie Mason

Angie Mason

Non-executive Chairman

Angie has a wealth of experience in event management, hotel booking and venue finding. In 1991, she opened her first venue finding agency and the business was later merged with one of the UK’s top 20 full service agencies. She has served as an executive committee member of the HBAA, becoming Chairman in 2003. She has also served on the UK board for the Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

angie@absolutecorporateevents.com

Jill Fleming
Jill Fleming

Jill Fleming

Operations Director

As our longest serving team member, Jill joined Absolute Corporate Events to open the first  Midlands office in 2002. Prior to joining Absolute, Jill spent 10 years working in hotel management and another agency. Jill has been our Operations Director since 2013 and manages the core operations team and some of our key clients.

jill@absolutecorporateevents.com

Jacquie Freer
Jacquie Freer

Jacquie Freer

Sales & Commercial Director

Jacquie has worked in the events industry for more than 20 years, with experience in all aspects of events from the smallest most exclusive retreat to the largest most complex international conference. Her destination and venue knowledge is second to none, and her procurement and contracting skills have been honed to perfection.

jacquie@absolutecorporateevents.com

Claire Okrafo-Smart
Claire Okrafo-Smart

Claire Okrafo-Smart

Director of Incentives

Claire has many years of experience in the events industry, focusing on high-end international meetings and incentives. She is a creative expert in the development of event and incentive programmes and is equipped with the fullest and most varied global destination knowledge.

claire@absolutecorporateevents.com


Jamie Hunter

Business Development Manager

With over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality and events industry, Jamie brings a wealth of knowledge to ACE. Coupled with an infectious enthusiasm and creative problem-solving attitude, Jamie builds long standing client relationships based on sound business delivery and trust.

jamie@absolutecorporateevents.com

Charlotte Rowatt
Charlotte Rowatt

Charlotte Rowatt

Financial Controller

Charlotte brings to Absolute more than 16 years’ experience of accounts and finance. She started her career as a book-keeper for an accountancy firm and has progressed through the ranks, gaining valuable experience along the way. Charlotte is  responsible for all things financial at ACE, and prepares our management accounts and budgets.

charlotte@absolutecorporateevents.com

Rachel Burlingham
Rachel Burlingham

Rachel Burlingham

Event Manager

Rachel is one of the longest serving members of the team and has worked with most of our clients. She specialises in venue-finding, event management and incentives, both UK and internationally. She has experience of delivering large international conferences, top-end strategic meetings, and creative incentive events.

rachel@absolutecorporateevents.com

Lucy Hay
Lucy Hay

Lucy Hay

Senior Event Manager

Having worked in the events industry for over 15 years, Lucy has strong experience and knowledge both in the UK and internationally. She has worked with some of the UK’s leading businesses and has delivered a variety of events from private meetings for 10 delegates to parties and exhibitions for more than 2,000d.

lucy@absolutecorporateevents.com

Elizabeth HancoxElizabeth Hancox

Elizabeth Hancox

Event Manager

Elizabeth has over eight years’ industry experience delivering events for as few as 2 to 1000 delegates, for product launches, conferences, fundraising dinners, incentive programmes and senior management meetings. With a strong eye for detail, Elizabeth has worked on events in the UK, US, Europe and Asia and has a proven track record of multi-tasking in fast paced customer service driven environments.

elizabeth@absolutecorporateevents.com

Olvia Clarke
Olvia Clarke

Olivia Clarke

Event Manager

Olivia has over twelve years’ events industry experience, working with some of the UK’s leading businesses. She has worked on a variety of UK and international events ranging in size from 20 to 1200, from product launches, meetings and conferences to bespoke international incentives. Olivia has a passion for travel, and a keen eye for detail.

Olivia@absolutecorporateevents.com

Bethany Matthewson
Bethany Matthewson

Bethany Matthewson

Venues Team Manager

Bethany is our Venues Team Manager where her destination knowledge and leadership skills help to drive and grow our specialist venues team. Bethany is also part of the Q Events Prof panel which is bringing together young event professionals to see what is required from venues and look at how to shape the industry for the future.

bethany@absolutecorporateevents.com

Jessica CollisJessica Collis

Jessica Collis

Venue-find Executive

Jess brings more than five years’ experience in delivering top quality events for some of the top 100 companies in the UK. After studying marketing and business studies at Northampton university Jess focussed her skills on events. Her knowledge of venues in the UK and internationally are second to none making her a great asset to the team. Jess’ bubbly personality combined with her passion for success means nothing is too much trouble.

Jess@absolutecorporateevents.com

Georgina Williams

Georgina Williams

Venue Find Executive

Georgina has more than 6 years of experience within the events industry. Her general creative spark, helped by a drama degree, enable her to think out of the box to offer unique event ideas and innovative venue solutions. Georgina is a key motivator, adding enthusiasm and energy on a daily basis. She is always proactive in finding ways to build her knowledge in order to add value and expertise for clients.

georgina@absolutecorporateevents.com

Gemma Cummings
Gemma Cummings

Gemma Cummings

Account Executive

Gemma has worked in event management since graduating from college and has notched up some impressive entries to her CV.  She prides herself on delivering outstanding levels of customer service and is a much-valued member of the Absolute team.

gemma@absolutecorporateevents.com

Hannah Thursby
Hannah Thursby

Hannah Thursby

Events Executive

Hannah travelled America in 2011 and was drawn to the accommodation and events industry. From her travels Hannah decided to follow her ambitions to learn more about the industry. She went on to study for NVQ Level 3 National Diploma in Business, which she completed with distinctions, in June 2013. Hannah specialises in accommodation, venue finding and bulk allocations management.

hannah@absolutecorporateevents.com


James Jackson

Production Assistant

Since graduating in film & moving image production at Norwich University of the Arts, James has honed his skills in media production with a particular flair towards producing content across video, graphic design, web design and multimedia. Prior to joining the ACE team, James ran his own media production company, so brings specialist expertise and experience.

jamesj@absolutecorporateevents.com

Kate Allsop
Herriet Warren

Kate Allsop

Finance Executive

With more than 15 years’ agency experience, Kate has extensive knowledge across many areas of our business ranging from group accommodation, international venue finding, training and schedule planning, contract checking and more recently, payment solutions. Now working in our finance team, Kate is responsible for event reconciliations, group accommodation and meeting solutions, and managed billing.

kate@absolutecorporateevents.com