My Event World - Margaret Falconer

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Article from Event Magazine | 12.11.12

Event Magazine

Margaret Falconer, Head of Meetings and Events at EQ Travel Management on fashion, walking and an addiction to chocolate.

I arrived in the event industry by a series of co-incidences. I used to work in fashion and became involved promotions, fashion shows, new store openings and press events so it was a fairly easy transition to organising corporate events.

I have worked here at EQ Travel since November 2011.

I was attracted to this particular role because it was an unusual opportunity to help build an agency responding directly to the current financial climate. It is also exciting to work with a dynamic young team who are hungry to make a difference.

Not many people know that despite my best efforts I just cannot give up chocolate – I will do anything for a bar of Lindt – I am well and truly addicted.

My worst experience at an event was too embarrassing for either the guest or the host for me to ever repeat. Torture would not make me tell.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s don’t judge by appearances and be generous in your approach to life. Always assume the best and make plans for the worst.

The best event I’ve been involved in was an international event at the Palace of Holyrood house. The planning was detailed and demanding, our partners surpassed themselves with their creativity and effort and I still smile at the memory. It’s amazing how an inspired idea brings people together.

If I could do it all over again I would be bolder in my choices, have better focus and have become proficient in several languages early in my career. We work in an international industry and miss opportunities left, right and centre due to poor linguistic skills in the UK.

The one thing I can’t stand is laziness or people who are mean. We are in a high-octane business and must look like we are in command. If you are mean spirited you belong in another industry and will generally get little out of life.        

Outside of work I enjoy cooking, fashion, design and art and spend too much money on magazines and books. Also, I am trying to make myself walk many miles a week at the moment; some weeks are more disciplined than others.

If money were no object I would have Ilse Crawford (Grand Hotel, Stockholm) and Kit Kemp (Firmdale Hotels) design my new flat. I would sleep on the very best bed, made with fresh, crisp linens every night.

The one thing I can’t do my job without is our skilled travel and events team for their support and experience.

If I could switch places with anyone else in the industry it would be Danny Boyle – what a gig. Delivering happiness on that scale must be the ultimate gig. Danny for Prime Minister I say.

If I ruled the event industry, I would ensure all school children experience a live performance at least once in their lives. There is little to compete with the thrill of live music or sport and access to these privileges should be shared.