About us

Rela8 Group serves the technology leaders community by providing executives with a platform to identify challenges, connect with key innovators and understand where their business is going next. Based on these three pillars, we create engaging and stimulating B2B programs as well as custom gatherings for senior leaders and solution providers.

Our Values

Trust. Honesty. Integrity. These underpin everything we do at Rela8 Group. From the internal structures and processes that keep everything running, to the way we treat you - our customers and future customers. Our goal is your goal. We want to deliver the best for you and won’t make promises we can't keep. Our commitment to transparency means there are no surprises, so you can be sure you're in safe hands.

Our Misson

Collaborate. Innovate. Accelerate. Rela8 Group brings business leaders together to connect minds and build communities that collaborate, innovate new ideas and accelerate knowledge. Because we work from a platform of trust, integrity and honesty, our events reflect the credible, authentic voice of the B2B community to deliver life-changing experiences and opportunities.

Always insightful and a great way to meet other leaders
Matthew Chase, UK Healthcare CTO at Fujitsu

Corporate Social Responsibility

We are proud patrons of 2 fantastic charities through our events, summits, roundtables, and Technology Leaders Club:

Fosse Way School Charity - Our delegate donation campaign gives delegates the option to donate the value of their £15 / $20 lunch voucher to our chosen charity. In 2020 alone which generated £6,000 and we are on track to deliver £10,000 by 2021. Money raised goes towards supporting this local school for underprivileged children.

NSPCC - Each year we sponsor a White Hat Charity Ball, which in 2020 raised over £70,000. A charity such as the NSPCC that supports children; physically, mentally, and financially is one that is extremely important for Rela8 Group and one that we are looking forward to actively fundraising for going forward.

Team

Our most valuable asset is our team and our culture. Every member of the Rela8 family is dedicated to providing nothing short of exceptional customer service in an open, honest and transparent way.

Paul Gibson
CEO & Founder
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Father to three beautiful daughters and Husband to one very patient wife! Paul is a huge motorsports fan and avid Manchester United supporter.

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Arnoldo Gonzalez
Director of Business Development
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Lover of good food, real music, travel, and life in general. Rela8’s first and longest-serving full-time member, with responsibility for new business and accounts. Has spent most of his career in sales, focused on the media and events industry, mixed with some time in the kitchen and many nights behind the decks. A proud advocate of Rela8 Group and not one to shy away from a debate.

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Chris Seal
Delegate Experience and Operations Manager
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Young..(ish) sales and customer experience professional delivering a no BS, consultative approach to communicating and liaising at all levels. With 3+ years experience in marketing and sales environments, Chris thrives in working and leading small teams dedicated to exceeding expectations, fulfilling the clients’ needs; ensuring a positive, valuable experience and developing long-term relationships. The appreciation of sharing challenges, ideas and knowledge stems from Chris’ love of travel and food culture. As an avid traveler who is always looking at ways to learn from others, share experiences and knowledge; Chris looks forward to providing more valuable opportunities for senior leadership to Collabora8, Innova8 and Accelera8 with their professional peer group.

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Travis Vierk
Delegate Relationship Executive
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After working within the financial services sector for 5+ years I developed a passion for new technologies and seeing how the ‘digital world’ is constantly changing the way we live our day-to-day. I have also always been a people person and love meeting new faces, therefore I decided to put both of these passions into my work and make the move over into the technology events industry and haven’t looked back since! On a personal level, I am a very easy-going person who loves to socialise with friends & family. I’m huge on sports with football being at the forefront and taking up the majority of my spare time!

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Jessica Gibson
Director of Operations and Finance
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Jessica heads up the financial operation of Rela8 Group and is also the co-director. Outside of the office she is a keen lover of traveling and art as well as being mum to 3 girls and one dog!.

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Josh Sullivan
Business Development Manager
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Josh heads up our global Data & Analytics portfolio and has 6 years of industry expertise helping technology companies to generate demandand raise brand awareness. Father to a beautiful daughter and a handsome little dog, a die-hard Formula One fan and Manchester United supporter. Spends much of his spare time producing EDM music and exploring the world where he can!

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Daniel Turner
Director Delegate Relationships
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Dan leads our Global Delegate Relations function here at Rela8 Group. Innovating, implementing process and driving positive change are some key traits, along with developing an infectious winning culture throughout the organisation. Dan empowers those around him, demands high standards and has a genuine passion for helping others succeed. Outside of work, Dan is a family man, a keen footballer and a very mediocre golfer who enjoys spending his spare time chasing a single figure handicap.

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Ryan Searle
Delegate Relationship Executive
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After obtaining my BA Hons Business degree from the University of Plymouth, I entered the world of Executive Events and I have not looked back! After stints in Marketing, Retail, and Education (home and abroad) alongside my studies, as well as running my own organisation, I realized my real passion and skills lie within developing strong relationships, professionally and personally. I love the fact I get to speak to amazing people with amazing stories every day from around the world. Outside of work, you can find me trying to travel the world as much as possible as well as playing my guitar or watching my team Aston Villa lose

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Emma Everett
Business Development Manager
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Dedicated to delivering exciting, creative and bespoke solutions for our clients to enable them to achieve the growth that they deserve. Emma is a lover of music, portrait painting and family.

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Beth Sheppard
Director of Events & Customer Experience
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Beth has worked in the events industry for over 10 years, leading teams to deliver outstanding experiences across the globe for multiple industries, including technology, engineering and gaming. Unwaveringly customer focused, profit driven and passionate about developing teams, Beth’s priority remains driving forward strategies that will achieve continuous growth, whilst having a lot of fun along the way. A keen cook, in her spare time you can usually find Beth making a mess in the kitchen whilst enjoying a cold glass of sauvignon blanc.

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Jennifer Huynh
Delegate Relationship Executive
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Jennifer, Delegate Relationship Executive, helps innovative thought leaders get the most out of the Technology Leaders Club. With 6 years’ experience in Account Management, she understands what great events and collaboration looks like. She hopes to use her experiences and network to help leaders in tackling their current business challenges while meeting great people along the way. Outside of Rela8 Group, you can find her at local tech meet-ups, e-sports or community events. Jennifer believes that challenges make life interesting, but overcoming those challenges makes life meaningful.

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Katherine Jamieson
Senior Delegate Relationship Executive
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I joined Rela8 Group in March 2019 as a Delegate Acquisition Executive. Throughout my time at Rela8 Group I have been able to grow both personally and professionally with a promotion to Senior Delegate Acquisition Executive within a year of being at the business. I have been in the fortunate position to watch the business change, adapt and flourish over the past year and I am excited for what the future holds. I enjoy traveling to new destinations and helping people I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to meet. When I’m not at work I enjoy training at the gym, eating out, and taking pictures of my cat Pinkie!

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Elizabeth Powell
Chief Marketing Officer
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Elizabeth leads the marketing function at Rela8 Group, bringing 10 years of experience from the B2B events industry. She’s passionate about developing brands, engaging with customers, and growing businesses through creative marketing strategies, having worked across a range of industries including travel, energy, construction, and finance. Libby loves to travel, having recently returned from working overseas in Dubai - but as a country girl at heart is looking forward to relocating to the West Country. She is a keen hockey player, sun worshiper and loves nothing more than indulging in good food and wine with friends!

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Lauren Shirley
Events & Customer Experience Assistant
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Lauren is an organised co-ordinator and you will usually find her bravely spinning all the plates in the cupboard at once. Her focus lies in customer service with an exceptional eye for detail. She has turned her four eyes to the events industry and has valiantly escaped the Tower of London where she was responsible for both security and customer experience.

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Chris Lauder
Delegate Relationship Executive
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Prior to joining the team at Rela8, I worked for one of the largest IT Security software resellers in the country where one of my secondary role was to help organise and fill their cyber security events. Rela8 Group has offered me the chance to develop my skills and abilities alongside the rapid growth of the company itself. When I’m not spending my time on LinkedIn, I can usually be found somewhere with a camera practicing my photography or with a telescope learning about astronomy

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Hanif Sahi
Delegate Relationship Executive
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I've recently joined the Rela8 Group as a Delegate Acquisition Executive coming from a very strong B2B and events background for the past four years. I love my role and getting to have conversations with many different people from different countries and backgrounds, gaining meaningful insights not just in their professional life but personal too. If you can't reach me on LinkedIn or E-Mail then I'll probably be watching Man Utd trying to return the glory days.

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Adam Southcott
Delegate Relationship Executive
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An events executive professional with extensive experience working within the events industry, specifically in the B2B roundtable and summits area as a delegate relationship executive. I enjoy getting the opportunity to help others, working as a team to achieve common goals and being able to provide a great experience for attendees. Outside of my work, I enjoy baseball, spending time with my family and loved ones, and travelling the world.

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Ugne Daudaite
Delegate Relationship Executive
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Ugne is infectiously enthusiastic and upbeat, and is passionate about the world of B2B events. Having worked in the environment, Ugne has a precise understanding of the industry, built upon the outstanding relationships, along with her consultative approach to grasp the problem and solve it effectively. She is not afraid to roll her sleeves up and put in some elbow grease, and is great at forming trusting professional relationships. Being a city dweller, Ugne enjoys a countryside escape to the quintessentially English villages of the Cotswolds. She is a big advocate of fitness and wellness, and a green smoothie connoisseur.

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Katie Chesworth
Delegate Relationship Executive
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Katie joined Rela8 Group having worked in an environment where building strong professional relationships with others is key and she is always up for a challenge. She genuinely loves having conversations with different people and really thrives in helping others. She made the move to the big city 6 years ago, originally coming from a small town in Cornwall. When she's not at work Katie loves baking, being part of a local netball team, going for drinks with friends and going on nice holidays!

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Lounas Amara
Delegate Relationship Executive
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I’m a very dynamic and well-travelled person who aspires for constant adventures and challenges. My professional life is always in permanent stretch to catch up with my academic empowerment and ongoing training. I have 6 years of experience in customer facing management roles and 4 years of self-employment which developed my creative thinking and decision-making processes. It also served me in mastering the notion of time keeping and a healthy work-life balance. In addition to English, I speak 3 more languages which help me massively in my social interactions, interpersonal skills and business negotiation.

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Deanna Nicholas
Delegate Relationship Executive
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With 7 years' experience in the events industry and 5 years working within a delegate relations team, I have joined Rela8 Group to be part of the great culture and growing community. Outside of work I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, going for drinks and eating out.

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Rinkle Netto
Delegate Relationship Executive
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I'm an an international student pursuing my Masters in Events Project Management. I have 6 years’ experience with 3 years into delegate acquisition managing large scale business conferences, summits, roundtables & sports expos. A total people’s person. I believe in always staying positive. I'm an achiever and now being a part of Rela8 Group, I am certain I will be achieving growth, stability, and my career goals along with company goals. Apart from work I enjoy singing, cooking, and travelling.

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Ella Fearon
Events & Customer Experience Executive
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Ella studied events management at University of Cumbria, and since graduating has spent the last six years working in events, from large-scale conferences and gala dinners to triathlons and food festivals. An enthusiastic member of the team, Ella enjoys the variety that comes with working in the events industry; particularly problem-solving and finding positive solutions for clients as part of a team. A proud Northerner living in the South West, outside of Rela8 Group, Ella likes to spend her time socialising, travelling when possible and tending to her many houseplants!

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Barry Bastiaansen
CISO, C.Steinweg Group
Victoria van Roosmalen
CISO & DPO, Coosto
Jörgen Mellberg
CISO, Head of IT & DPO, Sparbanken Syd
Ravinder Sankar
Chief Security Officer, ITSDONE Services
James McKinlay
Group Information Security Officer, Barbican Insurance Group
Scott Mathis
CISO, RBC Bank US
Pete Shorney
Global Head of Information Security, Rentokil Initial
John Whiting
Global Chief Security Officer, DDB Worldwide
Dr Runli Guo
Global Head of Digital Cybersecurity Initiatives, Marsh & McLennan
David King
Regional Information Security Officer EMEA, Omnicom Media Group
Iain Hunneybell
Global Head of Information Security, YOOX Net-a-Porter Group
Richard Malach
Interim CISO, 15 Marketing
Tim Grieveson
CISO, AVEVA
Naveen Vasudeva
Founder, CyberTree Paradox
Dorman Followwill
Senior Partner, Frost & Sullivan
Suela Vahdat
Founder, Startup GTM
Ned James
Delegate Relationship Executive
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Ned started his early career playing guitar in bands which at one point to led to him touring Europe andbeing played on national radio. Alas fame and fortune didn’t materialise, so he embarked on a rather more successful career in business development with a focus of connecting businesses and individuals together. These included stints in city recruitment and then to conferences and exhibitions where he spent almost 10 years at the Financial Times heading up the global delegate division. Since then, he has spent time working with and promoting UK SME’s alongside the Department of International Trade and more recently within the B2B Social Housing sector. Away from work he’s a keen cyclist (but a better guitarist) a husband, a father to two Burmese cats, and he still dreams of headlining Glastonbury…

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Patrick Chambers
Business Development Manager
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Patrick joined the Rela8 group team in May 2021 and brings with him a wealth of experience within the events and media industries. Passionate about helping not only businesses but his local community, Patrick works as an on-call firefighter in his spare time. When he's not working he enjoys traveling/exploring, watching good films and staying fit.

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Joel Norris
Cyber Security Manager, LafargeHolcim
Mr Chowhan
CIO, LuLu Group International
Tom Purton
Graphic Designer
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I’m a highly skilled graphic designer Graphic Designer who specialises in Editorial Design, Web design, and Branding. I have extensive experience working across the design spectrum. I’m a passionate and inventive creator of innovative multi-discipline design layouts. Accustomed to performing in collaborative and highly deadline-driven environments. When I’m not trying to change the world through design then I’ll most likely be found doing something sports related. My life is ruled by a cat called Jimmy.

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Sarah Netherclift
Content Writer
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A copywriter for over ‘ahem’ years, Sarah has written extensively about technology, security, AI, finance and drains. She has an MA in Creative and Professional Writing, writes crime fiction and is on the reading panel for major crime fiction awards. When not thinking about murder, Sarah enjoys gardening and trying to stop her C17th cottage from falling down.

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