A List 2016: Curious careers

Spy, rock star, florist... life for this year's A Listers would be very different if they chose alternative career paths.

The Louvre, scene of Wildgoose Events' Gemma Smith's most interesting event moment
The Louvre, scene of Wildgoose Events' Gemma Smith's most interesting event moment

Investigative interests

With a nose for detail and a fond familiarity with hotel bars, many of this year's A List might be thinking about putting their name in the hat to be the next James Bond! MD Events' Alistair Barton fancies himself as a forensic investigator while Brandfuel's Marina Ranger has her eyes only on the secret service.


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Creature comforts

More than a fair share of this year's A List would be willing to ditch the desk job and head out into the wild to work with animals. Cascade Productions' Hollie Wright envisages swapping Manchester for the Caribbean to be a marine biologist. "It would be a great way to work with animals and be in the sunshine."

If I were a rock star

Owning their own flower shop, retiring to New Zealand to be a ski instructor and becoming a rock star are some of the more peculiar alternative careers listed by this year's A List. "I love baking and would love to be a younger Mary Berry," admits Gemma Collinge, The Appointment Group.

In the heat of the moment

When Indian customs seized Team Spirit's props the morning of a major event, Alistair Barton hit the streets of Delhi and sourced everything they needed from local suppliers just in time.

Worldspan Group's Jennifer Jones was ready to fly her 250 delegates home from Portugal when the Icelandic ash cloud hit, but she successfully arranged extra nights with the hotel and kept delegates updated with alternative travel routes.

While running around Paris mid-way through a corporate teambuilding challenge, Wildgoose Events' Gemma Smith had to haul 30 over-excited senior business leaders out of the fountains in front of the Louvre museum as armed French guards moved in to reprimand them for their over-exuberence.

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A List 2016: Noelle Juttla, Event Travel Management

A List 2016: Hannah Banfield, AddingValue

A List 2016: Jennifer Jones, Worldspan

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