Jade Harrison recently joined WL as Business Development Manager, working specifically with our corporate event clients. We sat down with Jade to discuss her background, how she got involved in the industry and what she brings to WL and its clients.
I started my career with an Events Management degree from Leeds Metropolitan University which included a year-long events placement at Earls Court Exhibitions Centre. I was also fortunate enough to spend a summer in Colorado working on large-scale events in Las Vegas and Boston.
Almost straight away I caught the events bug and was quick to move to London where I joined the events team at the Science Museum. This led to further venue roles including Royal College of Surgeons, The Mermaid and most recently, Guildhall. Having developed my venue experience over the years I then joined the Board of Unique Venues of London. This was a fantastic experience which included delivering the UVL 25th Anniversary event as my swan song before moving into my new role here at White Light! I feel privileged to have joined the team at such an exciting time of growth and development.
My ability to chat to anyone! In this industry relationships are incredibly important and I’d like to think that my chatty nature is a good way of breaking the ice and building great connections.
There was a moment about 3 days in where it really hit home just how huge the scale of White Light’s operation was. I’ve known White Light for the best part of 10 years but was still incredibly surprised to discover how far and wide the White Light reach goes. It really ignited my excitement for the role and I’ve not stop talking about it since…
I love working with clients who come to us with a creative brief and like to be challenged by new ideas. In particular, experiential projects in locations that may not have been used for events before – whether it’s a car park or the back of a lorry, the quirkier the better. I feel that these clients really get to see White Light at its best.
Stay true to your personal brand. I’ve learnt over the years that people buy from people and that we’re more likely to build lasting relationships with people who are honest, personable and passionate about what they do.
A curious nature will get you far too. The Events Industry is developing at a rapid pace and the best way to stay ahead is through a desire to learn and to challenge everything.