meet our team: our esteemed event project managers

We couldn’t do what we do without the guys who make it happen – our event project managers. We are all team players and these chaps are the glue that holds us all together. What they don’t know about producing events isn’t worth knowing. They rock our world and we couldn’t bear to be without them (don’t let them know we said that!).

Meet the guys who are the face of our events: you will know at least one! (In no particular order:)

Ali Robertson, Operations Director

Ali was one of the founding fathers of visionevents and has seen it grow from the humble AV supplier into what it is now; Ali Robertsonnurturing the staff and skills that makes us so strong today. Having slightly diversified his role touching into the Business Development and Marketing area of the company, Ali is crucial to the day-to-day running of the company.

What has been your most memorable moment at VE so far?
Meeting Goldie Hawn at an event – prior to which she forgot to take her mic off and went out for a cigarette and she was still live! Happily only the crew could hear her, but what a gal – dynamite chat!

Where do you spend your Saturdays?
Most likely in my workshop tinkering with my Messerschmitt bubble cars…if I’m allowed.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
I grew up in West Africa (Cameroon) on a banana plantation, so love going back to Africa when I can – it’s home.

What would you do with a win of 10 million on the Lottery?
Design a custom workshop and have all my bubble cars in individual ‘stables’ and buy a banana plantation … oh and go on a year long (at least) holiday.


Iain Pugh, Project Director

Iain has been at visionevents since 2006 after forging his career in the industry for a number of years, as well as time taken to explore the world.Iain B&W email Having recently been elevated to the heady heights of Project Director, Iain is a very hands on member of our team and manages a number of our key clients.

What has been your most memorable moment at VE so far?
A few years back we were producing a large event from a themed marquee complete with internally lit trees. All our rigging and truss had to go above and through them which was a challenge but looked stunning as a result. Also, what has to be said, is the multitude of times we have pranked our Ops Director, Ali’s hotel room. Think that’s why he stopped coming away on events with us all…he’s just too easy to wind up!

Where do you spend your Saturdays?
Mornings are spent watching my children play sports and afternoons I like to get out for a surf when I can and evenings relaxing with a bottle of red wine or two.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Before we had children it was Havana. With children it would have to be Crieff Hydro.

What would you do with a win of 10 million on the Lottery?
In the short term probably the obvious; long holiday, new house, new car and buy a jet ski. Long term make sure family and friends were all looked after and invest some of the millions in visionevents!


Keith Hamilton, Project Director

Another long term survivor of the events world, Keith has been with the company for 18 years. Keith B&W emailHaving worked his way up the ranks through the years, Keith is a Project Director and manages his key accounts as well as new clients.

What has been your most memorable moment at VE so far?
Many years ago, when I was a technician, we were asked to deliver some American standard video equipment to a VIP at an Edinburgh hotel. The door was answered by a guy with a guitar slung around his neck. We set up the equipment and stood watching the video with him only to realise it was Bruce Springteen and the video was a draft of his new single! What a nice guy!

Where do you spend your Saturdays?
Training for the Edinburgh Half Marathon, I need to beat last years’ time! Doing a bit of dinghy sailing and some home and garden DIY.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
The island of Koh Samui, Thailand.

What would you do with a win of 10 million on the Lottery?
Spend a few years travelling the world by road, rail, sea and plane: to the East, West, North and South. And put it to good use doing something charitable.


Andy Arneil, Project Manager

Joining visionevents in 2002 as a technician, Andy is now one of our elite Project Managers. Andy ArneilWith an incredibly strong technical background, Andy knows our company inside and out and has worked on most events we have ever staged throughout his career. This wealth of experience makes him a valued team member.

What has been your most memorable moment at VE so far?
Getting involved with FedEX ‘Panda Team’ when they brought 2 Pandas from China to the Paris Zoo. Our input was to provide AV equipment and technical support for the actual arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport and lighting a huge plane was pretty awesome…the Pandas were pretty cool too.

Where do you spend your Saturdays?
Running around after my 3 kids.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Paris – the Pandas won me over.

What would you do with a win of 10 million on the Lottery?
Move to Paris and buy the kids a Panda (not that my career at visionevents has influenced my life choices).


Malky Todd, Project Manager

Knocking on the door of 20 years experience within the events industry, Malky has been at visionevents for nearly 15 of those years. Malky Malky heads up our Glasgow branch and is a well known figure in the city’s thriving events industry and a much respected technical mind.

What has been your most memorable moment at VE so far?
Prompt monitors for Snoop Lion on main stage at T in the Park.

Where do you spend your Saturdays?
…working! Or if not, up the hills of Arran with my kids.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
A long weekend in the Drift Inn, The Isle of Arran or the Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura in Portugal.

What would you do with a win of 10 million on the Lottery?
Buy a big boat and hit the sea!


Steve Thorpe, Project Manager

Like so many of our Project Managers, Steve started his career nearly 20 years ago with visionevents, Steve Thorpeleaving us to spread his wings working for other companies both in UK and abroad and produce some really exciting events. Family commitments saw him settle in Edinburgh and happily Steve came back to us 6 years ago and has never looked back. He manages a number of our large corporate clients.

What has been your most memorable moment at VE so far?
Celebrating the success of a huge event in New York with a pitcher of Mojitos in a typical NYC bar (after the event had finished….naturally!)

Where do you spend your Saturdays?
On a cold school football pitch!

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Santorini, Greece and Positano on the Amalfi coast of Italy, are 2 of my favourites.

What would you do with a win of 10 million on the Lottery?
Buy a ridiculously huge boat and sail to my favourite holiday destinations.



Now you’ve formally met our superhero team of project managers, get in touch with us to fulfill your event requirements! projects@visionevents.co.uk

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