Alannah Marie McGhee

Event Co-Ordinator at gradireland

I am a highly driven, result-focused individual with experience in managing and marketing a wide array of events.  I have a huge passion for the arts and I revel in the prospect of  being a part of the industry. I am highly organised and work well under stress. I enjoy a challenge and feel that this is when I am at my best. My communication skills are strong and I am comfortable in dealing with people of all ages and from different backgrounds. I believe in hard work and attention to detail. My administration skills are sound  – I am fully competent in the Microsoft Office Suite and have experience in using other software such as CRM systems and HTML. 

Work History

Work History
Sep 2014 - Present

Event Co-ordinator

gradireland

I organise and co-ordinate a myriad of events from breakfast seminars to large careers fairs with attendance of up to 7000 students. 

Main responsibilities include:

  • Create and update events web pages
  • Liaising with exhibitors and customers.
  • Maintaining database of registrations, RSVPs, exhibitor information etc.
  • Coordinating caterers, stand designers, equipment hire and other suppliers.
  • Planning exhibition hall layouts and activities such as seminars and CV Clinics.
  • Production of event programmes and input into event marketing.
  • Post-event evaluation and reporting.
May 2013 - Sep 2014

Online Columnist

Festival and Gig Guide Ireland
  • Researching the best new music and events in Ireland.
  • Dealing with artists, management and venues to arrange interviews.
  • Writing press releases for coming events.
  • Reviewing live event, festivals and new releases, with a particular focus on the best of new Irish music.
  • Adding written content to festivalandgigguide.ie through their blogging platform.
  • Maintaining a professional image when representing the brand at events.
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Box Office Assistant

Galway International Arts Festival
  • Sales - Processing all general public bookings including telephone, web and over the counter sales, cross-selling items such as festival merchandise.
  • Computerised Ticketing System - Having an excellent working knowledge of the box office ticketing system (Ticketsolve)
  • Financial - Twice daily reconciliation of computer till, which meant handling large amounts of cash.
  • General - Maintaining an effective and efficient system of filing  bookings and correspondence as well as customer records on the ticketing system at all times. Ensuring all historical and current data was correct and entered according to policy.
Sep 2010 - Jul 2014

Radio Presenter

Flirt FM
  • Designing, editing and producing a weekly music show, The Nightlink, focusing on the best of new music.
  • Creating captivating content to produce an engaging show.
  • It was imperative to keep up-to-date and implement as much research as possible.
  • Organising and conducting interviews, which involved dealing with music management companies and record labels.  
Sep 2013 - May 2014

Campus Representative

USIT
  • Increasing awareness of USIT products and services through ongoing promotions .
  • Assisting at promotional events.
  • Identifying key events to target.
  • Representing USIT at events.
  • Providing regular feedback to the Marketing Department through bi-monthly report.
Jul 2012 - Jul 2012

Production Assistant

Galway International Arts Festival 
  • Managing venues.
  • Volunteer coordination. 
  • Conducting artist liaison duties.
  • Acting as point of contact for the artists and management.
  • Arranging transport and hospitality for artists.
May 2012 - Jul 2012

Operations Assistant

Volvo Ocean Race, Galway 
  • Administrative duties.
  • Implementing the set-up of all management offices and accommodation. 
  • Acting as primary contact to the Volvo team for the duration of the event.
  • Being the responsible for the set-up and accreditation of the media centre. 
  • Volunteer coordination. 
  • Liaising with traders and vendors.

Other festival and events experience 2010-2014

June 2013

Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival  

September 2010, 2011 & 2012

Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival

June 2011, 2013 & 2014

Body and Soul Music and Arts Festival

December 2011

Tommy Tiernan Comedy Tour

October 2011

Galway Comedy Festival 

July 2011

Errigal Arts Festival

June 2011

Forbidden Fruit Music Festival

Education

Education
Sep 2013 - May 2014

Honours Degree - Bachelor of Business 1:1 (Marketing)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Sep 2010 - May 2013

Ordinary Degree - Bachelor of Business 1:1 (Event Management with PR)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

References

References are available upon request.