C&IT A List 2017: Helena Vella, The Black Tomato Agency

Starring in C&IT's A List 2017 is Helena Vella, 28, project manager, The Black Tomato Agency.

C&IT A List 2017: Helena Vella, The Black Tomato Agency
C&IT A List 2017: Helena Vella, The Black Tomato Agency

Meet the C&IT A List 2017

Having graduated with a degree in english literature, Helena took an intern role at Black Tomato in sales promotion and has been with the agency since, holding several roles before moving into events.

Boss says: "I've managed Helena for the past two years and seen her grow into a competent project manager going from strength to strength with each project," says Jessica Charles, head of operations. "Her ability to progress at this speed is only possible with her 'can-do' attitude."

Best event I've worked on: I'm working on an incentive to Japan for 100 people visiting Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo this May. It's an exciting itinerary including a bullet train carriage takeover - it's going to be challenging, but I can't wait.

Most challenging moment: We were flying an incentive group from Hanoi to Halong Bay in three groups. A technical problem meant the pilot could not fly the third group and all commercial helicopters were booked up. The delegates were due to join a cruise so we drafted in a helicopter from the Vietnamese government then got the group on a speedboat to join the cruise.

Dream client: I love the Royal Family so a Royal Wedding would be great.

Alternative career: Something to do with food, such as a food critic. I love Man v. Food - perhaps I could be his sidekick.

Goals before 40: I'd love to have run an event on all seven continents - I've done four already so just three to go.

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