23 - 24 January 2018 Banking Hall 14 Cornhill, EC3V 3ND

Show Team

Joanne Bates

Sales Director

Joanne has over 21 years experience in the events industry by working in both venues and in corporate events. She worked for The Concerto Group for 18 years latterly as Managing Director of their bespoke event management company, Eventwise. Joanne has booked many awards dinners, Summer Parties in addition to working on her clients’ own industry exhibitions.

Having been an exhibitor at many venue and event shows, Joanne knows the frustrations that many exhibitors face and believes that this innovative new show will be addressing these. Her experience, passion and drive will make this show a success, for the visitors and exhibitors alike.

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Phish Food – it has a bit of everything!
Perfect Summer’s Day: I dream of white sand, the sea lapping on my bare toes and reading a book… but I have three young daughters so currently building sand castles, collecting shells and teaching them to be surfing babes!
Favourite Summer Drink: An ice cold beer to start then a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc.
Favourite Aspect of the Show: For someone who has had a lifetime in sales, I hate anything “salesy”. Both our exhibitors and visitors remark on how informal, friendly and refreshingly non-“salesy” the shows are.


Clare McAndrew

Marketing and Content Manager

Clare joined Story Events as Marketing Manager after gaining 5 years experience marketing large scale B2B international exhibitions for the building & interior industry at ITE Group plc. She is delighted to be now working for Story and relishes the opportunity to let her creativity loose on these special and unique events.

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Rocky Road – every bite is a surprise, you never get bored!
Perfect Summer’s Day: Dining alfresco with friends and family enjoying a nice cool drink with a view of water, whether it be the sea, a river, lake or a pool – I’m a foodie, a drinkie (is that a word?) and a water baby – so all three combined is bliss.
Favourite Summer Drink: I love sitting in the sun sipping on a glass of cool bubbles – I’m not fussy! Champagne, Prosecco or Cava all do the job, as long as there are bubbles, I’m sold!
Favourite Aspect of the Show: I love the creativity, fun and love that is poured into this show from the events team – it’s no normal exhibition which makes it an absolute joy to be a part of.

Steph Eayrs

Operations Manager

Steph joined Story two years ago and heads up the Story Operations team who organise and deliver all of the events on the bespoke side of the business. Since starting in the events industry in 2008, Steph has been hoping to work with celebrities on events and is delighted to have found this opportunity in working with Lord Crispin! Admittedly suffering with a little bit of OCD when it comes to lists and colour coding, Steph leads the Operations side of the Show, and along with Joe makes it all happen.

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Honeycomb
Perfect Summer’s Day: A picnic in the park with a competitive rounders game
Favourite Summer Drink: An ice cold gin and elderflower
Favourite Aspect of the Show: Opening the Show to waiting visitors!