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.

Carol Vosloo

Senior Account Director

I am all about strong relationships – ensuring our clients and partners get value from our services. My experience ranges from major blue-chip companies, mass participation sporting events, conferences, expos, non-profit organizations, and small bespoke events. Before moving to the UK, named Business Woman of the Year finalist in the Western Cape, South Africa.

My favourite food is tapas with loads of calamari.
I prefer a good book to a movie. My current fave is “Where the Crawdads Sing.”

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!

Nicola O’Neill

Business and Development Advisor

I have the fun job of helping UK-based companies benefit from employing an events apprentice. The Events Apprenticeship programme provided by Realise helps companies invest in new talent, upskill junior staff, even offer a new career path to their employees. 

Favourite food is fish, freshly caught and grilled on the beach.
‘Top Gun’ and ‘Maverick’ are both equally favoured movies right now.


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.