C&IT A List 2017: Hew Belgrave, Smyle

Starring in C&IT's A List 2017 is Hew Belgrave, 30, senior event producer at Smyle.

C&IT A List 2017: Hew Belgrave, Smyle
C&IT A List 2017: Hew Belgrave, Smyle

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Hew did a placement year at BMW sports marketing and met Smyle while he was there. After some travelling and freelance work he joined Smyle eight years ago.

Boss says: "Hew is a hugely talented member of our team and a true Smyle legend. He has contributed much in his seven years with us, leading some of our largest and most complex projects with great success," says Dominic Thomas-Smith, director.

Best project I've worked on: The opening and closing of the Ryder Cup in 2014.

Most challenging moment: Last year a venue pulled out of a public-facing event and we needed a new venue capable of taking 15,000 people with a lead time of three weeks. We ended up using The O2 and it was amazing.

Dream client: Red Bull with whom we actually work. Or a large-scale music event, festival or carnival, like Bestival.

Alternative career: I'd work on a farm as both myself and my wife's family own farms. It's similar because the work is all project based and hands on.

Goals before 40: Continue working with the biggest brands. I'd like to be head of events and do some research into farming so I can eventually run away to a farm.

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A List 2017

C&IT's annual A List celebrates the rising stars from the top UK event agencies