At BI WORLDWIDE, we have an incredibly talented bunch of Event Professionals who are led by our Head of Events, Shaun Casey. We put the spotlight on Shaun, finding out about his role and what it takes to lead an awesome team!
What it takes to run an Events team
To be successful in the role of the Head of Events, it helps if you're well-travelled and passionate about seeing the world…and Shaun Casey certainly is that! Since he was a child he's had a vast amount of travelling experience, as his father insisted on taking him everywhere he went. Shaun commented: “I was fortunate that my Dad always loved to travel and he took me everywhere. I combined my postgraduate studies in International Management studies with a placement with Thomas Cook in Germany. This was the first piece of experience that led me on this path; I wrote my post-graduate thesis on Thomas Cook's marketing efforts through point of sales displays to encourage the general public to book holidays to exotic destinations. The rest is history!”
Shaun has visited nine countries already this year and in his spare time he likes to travel to all kinds of destinations and experience a type of travel you wouldn't normally experience whilst at work. He is multilingual; speaking French, German, Spanish and Italian, which has its advantages when working with international partners. “I try to organise one big adventure trip per year. This year I was in Tibet and I trekked to base camp of Mount Everest. Next year I'm planning to tackle The Silk Road and travel on the trans-Mongolian express.”
To be the Head of Events you have to be able to keep up with the fast pace of the role, and be comfortable with adapting at the drop of a hat as every day you're faced with different challenges.
Travel adds meaning to your work
Working in Events means that every day is different. You're on the move or researching for the next exciting destination or business partner to visit; or you're going above and beyond working on a client event. So it certainly helps if you don't mind living out of a suitcase! Shaun commented on travelling in his spare time: “I guess if I had to choose a favourite location then it would be the Southeast Asian country, ‘Myanmar'. The reason I loved it was because we seemed to be pioneers. It was the first time that the boat had actually sailed up the river. There were no embarkation points, so it felt as though we were the first tourists ever to visit (we weren't obviously). Also the beautiful silence of travelling by river and the temples shrouded in the morning mist. I love South America too for its music and culture, and Africa for a sense of how magnificent nature is.
“I'm also passionate about ‘WASH' (hygiene and sanitation programmes in the developing world) and in my spare time I spent four months building gravity fed drinking water systems for remote villages in northern Nicaragua. In this country, I realised just how beautiful the world is at night, and how looking at the stars in remote areas is so therapeutic. I stargazed up at the sky on a bench in a remote village there. It's incredible how light pollution hides the beauty of the environment we live in. I also stargazed when I stayed in a monastery that overlooked Mount Everest, which was lit up by the moonlight and stars. It was absolutely fascinating and we all need to spend more time looking up at the sky at night!”
One of the most thrilling things Shaun has done on his travels is being on the maiden voyage of the Orient Express boat ‘Road to Mandalay', sailing up the Irrawaddy river in Myanmar watching the temples appear from the mist in Pagan and the monks going to morning prayers. “It was hard to understand how people can have such different life experiences living on the same planet.”