For our latest SUPPLIER FOCUS feature, we caught up with Daniel Smith – Head of Events at the wonderful Tobacco Dock to find out all about him and this fab venue!
Q. In a nutshell, tell us about your business and your role there
A. I’ve been Head of Events at Tobacco Dock since June this year. I oversee the large team of skilled events managers here and hopefully ensure smooth operation of all event delivery. This includes everything from supplier relationship management to making sure we’re giving clients and guests the best service at all times.
Q. How did you get started in the industry?
A. I’ve been fortunate that one opportunity has opened the door to another. After uni, I spent a year in Italy working on travel logistics for British holiday makers. When I came back to the UK, I then worked in the operations department for a west country-based travel operator, where I would have to sort anything from broken down coaches in the Black Forest, to repatriation from cruise ships. I side stepped from travel operations to event operations when I first moved to London 14 years ago and started work at Central Hall Westminster.
Q. Best moment for you at your company so far?
A. Being on site for Meatopia, which meant lunch and dinner for three days from some of the country’s top chefs & restaurants. I’m already looking forward to next year’s menus.
Q. How can your organisation’s services make a Delegate Wrangler’s life easier?
A. With over 55 event spaces for hire, from small meetings rooms, to the largest of dinners, and the available to hire in different combinations, as well as the opportunity for hosting concurrent events, we’ve hopefully a potential venue hire solution for the majority of event briefs.
In recent years, Tobacco Dock has recognised the different needs for different events & organisers, so we’ve made sure we’ve comprehensive types of hire, from DDRs to complete Dry Hire. We’re happy to be involved as much or as little, as organisers would like.
Q. And finally – you’ve got one question to ask a famous person – who would it be and what would you ask?
A. Without a doubt, I would ask Tina Turner if she would take to the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury 2020 for the heritage slot.
Tel: 020 3763 4431
Linked in: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-smith-974b051/