We are events experts who love what we do. We are curious, nimble, big-hearted. You can count on us. Every time. Across the globe.

Then throw in a good ”What if?” or “Why not?” challenge and we really shine.

A little about us, then let’s talk about you …

David Preston

Co-founder, named Most Influential CEO 2023 – UK (Event Registration & Intelligence)

Our work reaches into every part of the event industry – as a strategic service provider and educator, Event Apprenticeship coach, Elevate Mentoring Board member. I thrive on happy clients and identifying and investing in new event concepts and innovation.
My favourite food is steak frites whilst in France.
My favourite movie is Pretty Woman. Ask my wife and she’ll confirm I’m a romantic at heart.

Richard John

COO, Co-founder

From flawless execution to incubating and partnering on new events, I keep things moving forward. Exhibitor excellence training, Chartered Institute of Marketing course director, speaker training, Event Apprenticeship coach, industry speaker, author, and storyteller (check out Dent in the Sofa – my humorous take on what event planners can learn from my binge-watching during the pandemic!).

My favourite food? I’m easy but love a good lasagne and definitely NO seafood!
Give me a free hour and I’ll throw myself into a good novel.

Kim Smith

Finance, Ethics and Compliance

We are proud of being a trusted provider and partner. I advise on compliance and assist with operations.

My favourite food is Thai!
Favourite movie is The Green Mile.

Gemma Marks

Operations and Events Manager

I have my finger on the pulse of all we do. I manage our social media, projects, team calendar and events, and logistics for our network of event professionals as they travel to support client events.

My favourite food is sushi and favourite cocktail has to be an espresso martini.​
I enjoy a good crime drama series!

Wendy Warnecke


I listen to the praise clients give Realise after an event, consultation, speaking, or training session and find useful ways to share our expertise through the event industry media. You can check out the many articles and tips from David and Richard on the News page.

My favourite food would be Baja fish tacos with a classic margarita on the rocks and Tajin on the rim. (Or anything with dark chocolate … that’s a food group, right?!)

Movie? My three top are all happy musicals – Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz.


Realise Mascot

My job is to remind us to have fun!
My favourite food is a fresh scone with clotted cream, raspberries, and a drizzle of honey. Yumm
My favourite movie is Into the Woods.