Chris Powell

History and experience

Chris Powell is Director of The Event Expert.

Chris has been designing, planning and delivering events for 24 years. In that time he has been a local authority events manager and events director on a range of events and festivals, as well as helping a variety of organisations to deliver their events as a freelance events manager and consultant.

For the past 19 years he has also been helping clients from the world of business, exhibitions, education, sport, the public and charity sector, training, tourism, creative agencies and festivals develop the ideas, skills and confidence to go it alone: run their own events. He specialises in providing in-house and on line events training and consultancy services to accidental, occasional and professional event managers across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. His clients include some very well-known names. He’s an in demand event specialist.

He is a self-confessed event groupie...a lover of all things events and a student of event management; keen to know what the latest event trends are and perhaps somewhat modestly suggests he is still learning to be an event manager! However with some 500 events successfully completed and over 3500 events managers trained, it’s safe to say that there is not much Chris doesn’t know about the ‘how to’ of successful events.

He is a regular blogger on all things events, a speaker and author of two event planning books. Work with, or listen to Chris and you will get clear, logical and easy to follow advice based on his 20+ years of practical events management experience. He does indeed practice what he preaches. He also guarantees that we’ll laugh together, share light bulb moments and create a ‘things you will want to do list.’

Chris is the author of two event planning books How to deliver outstanding corporate events and an eBook How to organise successful events

Clients

Chris’s clients include major corporates, educational organisations, the public and charity sector, sport, tourism, UK and European training companies and a variety of marketing agencies and individuals. They include the likes of Christian Dior, Casio, Hockey Wales, PepsiCo, Houlder Limited, Winchester University, Heineken, IGS Paris, Greenwell Conference Centre (Austria), MTV, Visit Essex, Rugby Football Union, Ricoh, Enterprise M3, Skanska, Sharjah Tourism and Development Authority, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and various public sector bodies such Community First, Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council.

Training style

Chris has a relaxed but professional approach to his training. Delegates will leave inspired, full of ideas and, importantly, have a tried and tested event planning system to work from.

Some words that have been used to describe Chris, taken from recent course evaluations and testimonials, are:

"Creative, personable, expert, very keen attention to detail, enthusiast, inspiring, passionate, engaging, funny, relaxed, captivating, knowledgeable, meticulous, practical and he really knows events!"
"What's the big idea… well, it's to give all delegates the confidence and skills to design, plan and deliver their own outstanding and rewarding events - from concept to completion and everything in between." 

Courses

Chris delivers training sessions for first-time and occasional event planners right through to experienced event professionals. His courses cover public and corporate events, exhibitions, exhibitor stand staff training, major events and festivals and sports, schools and community events. He does also design and deliver event subject specific courses, presentations and two to five day master classes.