'Crack on and enjoy yourself because everything will change tomorrow'

A-List 2018 profile: Mark Throup, 30, senior project manager at Principal. Global Events.

Mark Throup
Mark Throup

What kind of events do you work on?

Large conferences and exhibitions around Europe for 500-600 people. I also manage incentives around Europe and London.

What is your advice/motto for success?

Just crack on and enjoy yourself because everything will change tomorrow.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

When we hired a luxury yacht in Cannes for a week for a large media company and had a VIP programme running throughout.

What do you hope to achieve before you're 40?

I’d like to organise as large an event as possible. The events I manage now are 500-600 people but I’d love to head up events for 3,000 people.

What would be your dream event to work on?

Any historic milestone, once-in-a-lifetime events like the Olympics or World Cup inspire me. You never forget those kinds of events.

If you could pick anyone to be your next keynote speaker, who would it be?

Bob Mortimer because he’s hilarious and would bring a bit of fun to the event. It’s quite impressive when people can think creatively on their feet.

What job would you be doing if you weren't working in events?

More than likely a photographer, it’s a hobby that I’ve picked by taking pictures of events and while I’m travelling.

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