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Leanne Webb - Employee Spotlight

Here we have a new employee spotlight, with our Brilliant Senior Administrator, Leanne Webb.

How long have you worked at Event Management Direct?

I have been working with EMD for just over a year (April 2020), although I have worked for Jane and the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) for 7 years.

What do you do at Event Management Direct and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?

I work as part of the Editorial Office for the BJA, which oversees the submissions of manuscripts to the Journal from all over the World. As well as the administrative work I do for the BJA, I also manage the collating of information for the BJA Board Reports, the co-ordinating of book reviews, the putting together of the information required for the running order of an issue to name just a few.

Within EMD I have the position of the Accounts Administrator, dealing with the daily financial processes for the company (incoming and outgoing invoices, raising payments etc). I also look after the budget sheets to ensure all the financial transactions for the different events are logged in order to provide our clients with up-to-date information as and when they require in order to make them aware of the potential financial outcome for the event. I collate the information regarding delegate payments and chase any outstanding monies. I have also been looking after the membership for different societies.

What energises you at work?

Having a streamlined administration process that is well maintained to provide instant information as and when required. Also, having a friendly team to work with, as I do at EMD, is always a bonus.

What’s one thing that surprised you about working Event Management Direct?

With not being from an events background originally, I have to say that the work involved behind the scenes of an event is a lot more complex than people realise. It does not just stop at booking a venue and advertising it. There are so many other key elements involved to deliver an event and to make it successful. It has definitely been an eye opener.

What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?

I tend to spend time with my family at the weekends, either taking a walk or going for a spot of retail therapy with my daughter.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a nurse growing up. When I had to make the decision of either being a nurse or going down the business route, I chose business as I felt that this area of work was more in demand. I do still have the upmost respect for the nursing profession. I definitely think I made the best decision for me as working the shifts/hours that nurses do could have been difficult to get my head/body around.

Are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Definitely a dog person. I grew up having a dog and I would love a dog now.

If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would have to be lasagne – I just love it! Meat, pasta, a tomato-based sauce and of course a sprinkling of parmesan cheese - what’s not to like!

What’s one song you have completely memorised?

Oh, so many, mostly from Disney films. I have recently introduced the Fresh Prince of Bel Air to my children, and I am re-watching that at the minute. I know the words to that off by heart, much to the annoyance of my children who now skip the theme tune!!

What’s your favourite book?

Sounds strange but it is Charlotte’s Web. I read it at school as a child and it just takes me back. I think it is the book that I have read the most, and I also read it to my children when they were both younger.

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