60-Seconds with Allianz Insurance
Charley Jennings is the corporate events officer at Allianz Insurance. Based in their London offices, she works with a team of six people who are in charge of organizing a variety of events from large conferences, dinners, awards, ceremonies and team building days which can gather anywhere between 10 to 600 people at a time.
EventTech Talk had a quick chat with her to find out a little about her favourite venues and restaurants and her worst event experience.
How long have you been working in events?
Around three years in total. I started at Allianz as a placement student, returned to university to finish my degree and applied for a job when I finished.
Where is your favourite venue for events?
The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in London is great for meetings and One Great George Street in Westminster for awards ceremonies.
What is your favourite restaurant?
The Hutong Chinese restaurant at The Shard and SUSHISAMBA for Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi.
What would you say is your biggest challenge when planning an event?
Time – there doesn’t seem to be enough of it in the day!
What has been your biggest event nightmare?
We held a large awards ceremony last year and there was a political protest outside the venue the night before the event. We had no idea what time the protest would finish, and if we were going to be allowed near the venue. After a very long day, we managed to get everything ready and get to the venue before it started!
Mobile app you couldn’t live or work without?
New technology you’re looking forward to using one day?
To be able to use holograms at our conferences would be very exciting.
What has been the best piece of professional advice someone’s given you?
There is no such thing as being too organised!
Lastly, if you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to freeze time!