- Published: Wednesday, 08 November 2017 09:19
- Written by Lewis Mearns
(From left to Right: David Hughes, Erin Burden, Reece Ward)
We’ve been busy on the recruitment front of late hiring some fantastic new members to the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh team. We caught up with David Hughes (DH), Event Manager, Reece Ward (RW), Bars & Catering Duty Manager and Erin Burden (EB), Event Coordinator to find out about their roles and their interests.
Tell us about your role at AR?
David: As an event manager, I’m responsible for ensuring the events run to plan and that our clients have the best experience possible through their hire of the venue. My role often involves thinking a few steps ahead, making sure things happen when they need to happen, while also thinking about what’s happening in the venue in the coming weeks to ensure we’re staffed and ready to go for each event.
Erin: Once an event is confirmed I am the main point of contact and I work with the client and the rest of the team to pull together a plan for the day, making sure it’s exactly what the client wants, will look amazing, and the team have a great idea of what’s expected during the event.
Reece: I am the new Bars & Catering Duty Manager for Assembly Rooms & Church Hill Theatre. This is a newly created position which sees me responsible for the delivery of catered functions and the operation of the bars at events.
What attracted you to the position?
David: I’ve worked in the Assembly Rooms for around two years in lots of different roles, and I love the variety of events that go on here. No two events are ever the same and I love working in such a versatile venue. I was attracted to the position because I like the variety of working in an events venue – one day we’re hosting a dinner for 300, the next a conference, and the next a ceilidh or party – never a dull moment!
Erin: Working in such a stunning city centre venue was a huge plus for me, but also the opportunity to work in an iconic space with some unique event briefs. Always something different to work on.
Reece: I liked the idea of working for such a prestigious venue where no two events are the same – it makes every day different!
How do you describe your job to your friends?
David: I don’t really talk about the ins and outs of the job with friends, I mostly talk about the cool events I’ve been fortunate to be a part of!
Erin: Fun, Creative and filled with interesting people.
Reece: It’s a fun bar job working in a great team, where I spend equal amounts of time planning for events, preparing for events and running events. My job is to find out what the client wants to happen regarding the bars and then make sure that happens on the day!
If you could have a dream ‘perk of the job’ what would it be?
David: I love travelling and learning about other cultures, so I’d love the opportunity to travel with work.
Erin: Free holidays!
Reece: I would probably have an Assistant that was solely employed to keep me stocked up with chocolate and other food that is terrible for me!
Favourite client you’ve worked with so far?
David: I really enjoyed working with our festival client, Assembly Festival. August at the Assembly Rooms is a totally different ball game – Assembly Festival brought in some fantastic programming to the venue this year, three of our rooms were performance spaces and we had lots of sold out shows. I enjoy working in a busy, fast paced festival environment so it was a lot of fun even though I’m still catching up on sleep from it!
Erin: So many people are great to work with for different reasons, I couldn’t pick a favourite.
Reece: Must be the Airlink charity dinner – it was a very well put together evening with some very impressive impersonations by their compere for the evening, Rory Bremner.
Who would be your dream client to work with?
David: I’m a bit of a nature geek, so would love to work with some environmental organisations. As corny as it is, I’d love to work with some big names in the environmental television and film industry, like David Attenborough, Chris Packham or Gordon Buchanan.
Erin: Anyone that uses their imagination to pull together a really unusual fun event. And I love a good strong theme!
Reece: I would like to work with Charlie Brooker, the comedian and screenwriter as I think he has the best sense of humour ever.
What is your one desert island item?
David: I teach kids wilderness survival skills in my free time, so I really need to say I could survive with only a knife… Realistically I wouldn’t last long without sun cream though!
Erin: My puppy – (who is 8 years old but will always be a puppy to me)
Reece: A Yacht – seems to make the most sense to me!
Do you know how many individual crystals are in one of the Music Hall chandeliers?
David: ... 1000?
Erin: Nope – but I will continue to try and count them.
Reece: Enough to know I don’t want to be the person who drops it - I guess around 3000.
(It's 9000 crystals! A lot right?)
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