Our People

Who we are and where we come from
 
David Preston

David Preston

CEO

David has 25 years of international marketing experience, both client and event agency side.
Comfortable suiting up or dressing down. An experienced Blue Chip manager, mentor and coach to individuals and small businesses.

A specialist in Event Marketing David has worked with Greenwich University delivering programmes to both undergrad and postgrad courses in marketing and most recently has been delivering the marketing workshop for apprentices to attain their City & Guilds Diploma in marketing.

David is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM)

Richard John

Richard John

Director

Richard is a business trainer, consultant, writer, and presenter. His approach to learning is to take this wealth of experience and to transfer it into effective training delivery which makes a difference.

His clients range from major blue-chip organisations to SMEs and even micro businesses.

Richard worked for Derby university as a Workforce Development Fellow and is currently a Course Director for their Events and Sponsorship programme at the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Laura Capell-Abra

Laura Capell-Abra

Career Coach

Laura has grown up in the events industry. Top 35 under 35 in the inaugural ones to watch list in the events industry.

Over her 15 years in the industry she has run events for companies such as Visa, Toyota, BBC, Various Governments around the world.

She has a deep knowledge of public events and festivals and the challenges associated with complex multi-faceted events with many stakeholders.

Richard Tierney

Richard Tierney

Content Coach

Richard Tierney has worked in Event Production for over 30 years; producing conferences for more than 60 of the FTSE 100 companies as well as stints in television, theatre and concert production.

Trained at Drama School (LAMDA), Film School (The Royal College of Art) and London Business School. Richard has worked in more than 20 countries.

Believing the heart of any event to the performance of speakers, Richard currently focuses on presentation coaching. He is the author of The Introverted Presenter which aims to show how Introverts can be great presenters and even enjoy the process. Richard is also the Curator of TEDx London.

Winston the Realise Bear

Winston the Realise Bear

Social Media Expert

Winston. Originally from Harrow, joined Realise as our social media expert. He travels with the team, recording activities and events and attends all the apprentice workshops so that he gets to meet and inspire the learners to utilise social media in their work.
Katie Grennall

Katie Grennall

Business Development Manager

Katie has over 15 years senior experience as an Account Director, both operationally and client service side.  Exceptional understanding of the events industry, event solutions, logistics, project management and people management within the live communications and production arena. From Automotive to Energy, Telecoms to Finance, Media to Pharma, dealing with audiences in excess of 2000 delegates across Europe.
Clare Poynter

Clare Poynter

Business Development Manager

Clare has a wealth of experience in the events industry. An extremely accountable & dynamic project leader, who excels in the creation of event and marketing strategy. Highly skilled in project and team management, Clare has led the successful delivery of multiple events for brands across, Telecomms, Automotive, Electronics, Finance and the Public Sector, both in the UK and internationally. As a working mum she relishes the opportunity to utilise her event industry connections whilst fitting around her young family.
Rosanna Machado

Rosanna Machado

Project Director and passionate educator

Rosanna has worked in corporate communications for 20 years and specialises in managing large-scale events. From setting the strategic direction to handling the complexity and detail of production and delivery, she is skilled at guiding project development at a senior level, liaising with clients and stakeholders, troubleshooting and getting the best out of teams and budgets, both large and small. Known for the creativity and flair that she brings to the table, she will get under the skin of your organisation and find the best way to bring your content to life.

She has trained and mentored team members, colleagues and friends throughout her career and is passionate about training the next generation. She specialises in looking at the personal skills you need to excel in the events world.

Mariska Kesteloo

Mariska Kesteloo

Public Speaker

Entrepreneur, public speaker and Past-President of Meetings Professional International in Belgium. With more than 15 years working experience in tourism and the MICE sector, she’s an authority in the industry. Passionated about meetings & events Mariska founded her company Word of MICE in 2017. Her company connects the MICE industry with the right social media influencer, to tell the story of the suppliers in an authentic, creative and fun way within the right target audience.

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