12/05/22

New faces – Sales team

Spring is in the air and the fresh green shoots are nudging up all around. Tobacco Dock is no exception and now that live events are well and truly back in the calendar, we’re very excited to see our team burgeoning!

Our newest recruits are all on the Sales Team and will be instrumental in helping our clients realise their events at Tobacco Dock.

Katie Brewster and Tom Harris are both Account Managers and will be on hand to help our clients from the very first enquiry through to event delivery, working in collaboration with our Event Ops Teams. Meanwhile Account Executive Lucy Turner takes care of our Dock Gallery bookings.

Lucy Turner – Account Executive

What led you to your role at Tobacco Dock?

I’ve been busy gathering experience! My first job in events was very outdoorsy. I worked organising corporate clay pigeon shoots which was great fun. I wanted to find something which needed a bit more in terms of organising, so moved to a hotel in Surrey where I worked on organising weddings. Seeing ideas germinate from the first meeting, through the planning and onto the final event was really rewarding.

After that, I moved into corporate events at a hotel and worked as a Sales Manager. This was a proactive  role and meant I got to travel a lot and spend time meeting contacts at exhibitions and trade shows.

What drew you to Tobacco Dock?

I have always planned to end up working in London and really wanted a role somewhere that would provide lots of variety at the same time as being part of a close-knit team. I attended an awards ceremony here last July and although I had heard of Tobacco Dock before, it wasn’t until I actually came to the venue that I realised its size and versatility. As soon as I got home I took a look at the website and got an idea of how many types of events it hosts.

I can’t wait to get stuck into working on more creative events than I got used to in the corporate hotel events world. The thing I love about it is the fact that even though it’s full of character, it’s a real blank canvas too, so I am excited to see the different things our clients do with the spaces!

What’s been your career highlight to date?

Where my previous role was so proactive and outward facing, I used to represent the company at all trade shows, exhibitions and networking events and I loved growing my network. I’m more reactive now and looking forward to bringing my contacts here and introducing them to the wonders of Tobacco Dock!

What’s your favourite space at Tobacco Dock?

As I’m the Account Exec for the Dock Gallery, I have to say… Dock Gallery! I love its adaptability and the fact that it’s pretty much a complete mini-venue in itself.

Dream event?

I’m really keen on sport and football in particular. So, a football award ceremony would be the dream. If anyone from the FA is reading this, give me a call!

Katie Brewster – Account Manager

Route to Tobacco Dock

After graduating from Bournemouth University with a degree in Event Management, I started my career working in a small London events agency as an Account Manager. We worked on an enormous range of events and because of the size of the team I was involved at every moment of the process which gave me the perfect introduction to the real world of events.

After a couple of years working for Spotify and Jack Wills head offices I moved out of London to work for an event caterer where I was event manager for some incredible weddings and even looked after events at the Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth. Working in the Captain’s Quarters of HMS Victory was definitely memorable! From there I moved venue side to Ministry of Sound as a Sales Manager where I looked after their portfolio of venues and worked with some amazing brands.

What drew you to work at Tobacco Dock? What are you most looking forward to in your role?

I had known of the great reputation Tobacco Dock had for a long time. Its appeal was the scale of the venue and the creative events it hosts throughout the year. I was ready for the challenge and the next step in my career, so could not say no to this amazing opportunity. 

I can’t wait to start building my client base and working with them to imagine incredible events.

Favourite work project to date in career?

This is a tough question because I’ve had so many, most recently at Ministry of Sound. While there, my favourite project was managing my junior team member, Pascal. He was completely new to the world of event sales and seeing him go from strength to strength made me super proud, it reassured me that I kind of knew what I was doing!

What is your favourite space in Tobacco Dock?

Could I choose more than one?

I love East Mall and Little Gallery, they are a great match and super popular! Their versatility is obvious and from what I have seen in our event archives, brands love being creative in these spaces!

But I think my absolute favourite spot here is the iconic Wapping Lane entrance. It’s just a beautiful landmark and makes a punchy first impression.

Dream Event?

I love all animals so if Peoples Pet Awards or any similar event are looking for a new home, get in touch 😊

Tom Harris – Account Manager

Route to Tobacco Dock

It took me a while to realise that events were my passion! After uni, I joined British Airways in their loyalty department as part of their graduate programme where I worked in various commercial roles around the business. It gave me a lot of different skills, but it wasn’t until I moved to the Kia Oval that I realised I had found the best fit for my talents. My role there was very hands on and a combination of both Sales and Ops, so it’s given me a good understanding of the workings of events from all angles. The excitement and satisfaction I got from it ignited my interest in the event industry. I’m a definite extrovert and I relish building relationships with clients and going through the planning and execution journey with them from start to finish.

What drew you to Tobacco Dock?

I felt ready to take on more varied events and Tobacco Dock has such great scope for creativity and tailoring our offering to clients’ needs. Within the industry Tobacco Dock has great reputation – even its name makes it stand out. I’d always dread being up against this venue in a pitch, so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! After ten years of operating, it’s up there in the top ranks of London venues, so when I saw an opening I jumped at the chance to apply.

After spending the past few years working on quite straightforward event packages, I am looking forward to getting my teeth into more complex challenges, and in being part of unique and spectacular events. Working on a wider range of event types is another draw. For example, this week we’ve had a lifestyle and sports launch event, a conference and even our first ever wedding!

Other than getting the job here, what has been the high point of your career so far?

I am a massive sports fan which was a definite plus when working at the Kia Oval! Getting the chance to meet my sporting heroes was a great perk of the job, and my highlight was running the testimonial dinner for Rikki Clarke, a Surrey player who is my absolute hero! It was a brilliantly positive occasion and our first one in the new stand at the Oval as well as the first proper event we had been able to run post-lockdown. At the time, I was the only member of the event team at the Oval, so there was a lot of pressure but the results were incredible, everyone had a great time and I am now pretty good friends with my hero! Definitely a successful day’s work.

What is your favourite space in Tobacco Dock?

I can’t just pick one. I love the curved brick wall in East Mall 1. It’s a tremendously adaptable space and a really great size. It’s very distinctively Tobacco Dock, and so is my other favourite – North Dock 1, but in a totally different way. Situated in the Vaults level, it has the stunning barrel ceilings and it such an interesting and atmospheric space.

Dream event?

I am a total aeroplane nerd, so I would absolutely love to bring in an aviation event. I think the particular architecture of the building and the grand proportions would make it a stunning venue for displaying some great pieces of engineering. I’m not sure how we can make it happen, but I am here for it!