ABOUT US

Happening has a team of experienced and dedicated staff who each specialise in essential areas of the event management process. As our name suggests, we will make things HAPPEN.

We offer a professional range of services that will successfully communicate your objectives through a creative, responsive, energetic, skilled and cooperative approach, which has been built on our commitment to the highest standards of best practice. Our experience, creativity and enthusiasm to consistently deliver successful events is demonstrated by the fact so many of our clients ask us to manage their projects year after year.

OUR TEAM

We have an excellent team of staff who have impressed our client base so that
they return time after time because of our creativity, energy and results.

Anne Doherty

Founder and Managing Director

Anne is responsible for the performance of Happening Conferences and Events Ltd in the delivery of the contract. Anne has more than twenty-five years’ event management, public relations and marketing experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She is a long-term member of the Association of Professional Conference Organisers and was previously on the board of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in Ireland.

Anne has worked on high profile events including EC Presidency conferences; on projects involving Heads of State and on a recent conference which was attended by the Taoiseach as his first official engagement. Anne has a track record which spans 23 years with this company, which she founded and is Managing Director.

Celia Lloyd

Project Director

Celia has over 20 years’ events experience in the UK and overseas specialising in academic and association conferences. She now specialises in abstract management, providing full support from system set up through to submission and review and final print and digital production. In the past year Celia has managed the submission and review of over 2,500 abstracts.
She is an Executive Board Member of the Association of Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO).

Dr Judy Livingstone

Abstracts and Programme Manager

Judy is responsible for managing the conference secretariat, ensuring delegate and author enquiries are responded to professionally and efficiently. She is also responsible for the abstract management process for Happening, from submission to proof reading and editing the final abstract book. Judy is proficient in using all the main abstract management software systems as well as our own bespoke systems.

Jayne Fyfe

Senior Event and Sponsorship Manager

Jayne is an innovative and versatile events professional with excellent communication skills. She is a conscientious, customer-focused individual with experience within both the public and private sectors. She has almost 20 years’ experience working in the conference and event management sector ranging from small intimate meetings to events of 1500+ delegates. She will source and liaise with sponsors and exhibitors, as well as liaising with the Event Director regarding the event budget.
She has experience in all aspects of project management and will co-ordinate staff and resources to ensure the conference reaches its full potential.

Diana Edwards

Office and Finance Manager

Debbie has a vast knowledge of running an office and managing accounts for numerous projects. Debbie is responsible for the financial aspects from the initial stages to reconciliation of each event at conclusion, ensuring delegates pay in a timely manner and politely chasing outstanding payments. She is particularly skilled in accounts to trial balance, preparation of Management Accounts, cashflow forecasting and budgeting as well as office management.

Kim Keightley, Business Development Manager

Event Co-ordinator

Olivia is fluent in French and Spanish, meaning she is an excellent communicator and a key point of contact for liaison with European and International delegates. She reports to the Managing Director to research business opportunities for Happening and generate leads as well as developing quotes and proposals. She also assists the Event Managers at events, having recently been involved with the Belfast Media Festival and Royal Television Society Annual Awards 2017.

Thomas Meaney

Event Manager

Lynne is responsible for the management and delivery of Happening Conferences and Events from initial enquiry and proposal through to onsite delivery. Her skills as a professional event manager are underpinned by her meticulous attention to detail, ability to understand and develop client requirements and her enthusiasm to consistently deliver conferences and events that exceed expectations.
She takes on the event management for our larger events with the ability to manage conferences with multiple streams of seminars and workshops with ease. Lynne will prepare and implement a full project plan encompassing all the elements necessary to deliver a successful conference.

Emily Anderson

Event Director

Emily is also responsible for the management and delivery of Happening Conferences and Events from initial enquiry and proposal through to onsite delivery. She thrives on originating, building, managing and maintaining relationships and is a solution driven, initiative member of the team whilst always bringing a positive attitude and drive to every challenge.
Her background is in both local and global corporate events as well as working with public sector bodies and she is focused on the logistical and strategic implementation of each event to ensure that the overall outcome meets and exceeds client expectation.

Brian Anderson

Finance and Contracts Director

Brian is a director of Happening and is responsible for its’ financial and contractual obligations. Brian also oversees all the health and safety, risk assessment and insurance requirements to ensure complete compliance with local and international standards. Brian will monitor all financial aspects in relation to your event including payment schedules and contracting with all suppliers.

OUR VALUES

Management

We are happy to manage and share the risk with our clients. Our dedication to listening to our clients, continuously monitoring, evaluating and improving our services.

Communication

Successful communication of your objectives through a creative, responsive, energetic, skilled and cooperative approach. ‘Large enough to deliver, small enough to care’ – whilst we have extensive experience in managing events from 50 up to 3000 guests, what makes us truly unique is that we care about the intricate details of your event and how it impacts both your and our reputations.

Partnership

To be more of a partner to our clients and not just a mere supplier. To serve as facilitators / coordinators between international and domestic clients.

Expert Support

  • We have gathered extensive contacts through more than 20 years in business
  • We have worked closely with the in-house team at all main conference venues throughout the UK and Ireland
  • We know what to be aware of when negotiating contracts
  • We have worked on conferences with multiple stakeholder groups and involving multiple platforms
  • ABPCO accredited (Association of British Professional Conference Organisers)  An acknowledgement from peers we are doing a good job as we have been fully assessed on our services, providing you with valuable piece of mind that we are professionals.
  • Associations choosing an ABPCO certified PCO are sure to get the same level of service and excellence, regardless of their style of event.

Trade Associations

We have worked extensively with local authorities, government departments, trade associations and the private sector managing events from 50 up to 3000 guests. Contact us today to find out more.