Thanos Staikos (Management at Kasbah Nightclub)
A motivated, enthusiastic and trustworthy events management graduate, with work experience in both indoor and outdoor events who relishes being involved within the events and hospitality industry.
When I'm not working for Spindlewood at festivals during the summer, I work for Mint at their two venues and two festivals.
My roles include being Bar Staff, Bar Manager and Bar support. My responsibilities have included, but are not limited to:
My past experience gives me the confidence that I can thrive at Mint in this position, with my contacts and experience within the events management industry rising as I continue to work here.
Being a keen graduate, I decided to re-launch the events company that I had previously secured a university placement with. Successfully managing a variety of my own small-scale events at bars, pubs and nightclubs has assured me that I possess all of the relevant skills needed, to be an asset within the events and hospitality industry.
During my first summer as a graduate, I secured seasonal work with Spindlewood and have been involved in installing various types of temporary event technology at English summer festivals including 'Glastonbury', 'Leeds', 'Download', 'Latitude' and 'BoomTown'.
My roles include:
Working for Spindlewood during festival seasons at some of the UK’s best and biggest events has provided me with invaluable experience into how events of this scale are managed. I got to know many influential people within the events industry and experienced a great deal of behind the scenes procedures.
In between my university term time, I worked for Kasbah Nightclub.
My roles included:
Overall, the experience that I have gained from my various roles at this events company has given me the confidence that I can work well under pressure as well as in a team. This job has also given me further experience into the world of events and entertainment management and what it requires to be successful in this industry.
Dusk was a student run events company that organised and hosted nightclub events around Leeds; I was lucky enough to secure a very active role within this company during my university placement year, which led to me gaining a wealth of valuable experience.
My roles included:
Being given the responsibility of recruiting and managing staff has given me valuable people management skills; attending meetings with venue managers has given me an insight into what it entails when booking a venue. Overall seeing an event progress from the initial proposal to a successful night has convinced me that being involved in event and entertainment management is a career that I want to pursue.
During my first year of university I secured a part time job with student nightclub event company Taking Liberties. My responsibilities included promoting various events that the company hosts, by engaging with students face to face and through social media. This work has given me lots of experience into how to effectively promote an event, and how to best attract the maximum amount of attendees to an event.
(Leeds Beckett University is the UK Centre for Events Management and the longest-running events management course in the UK.)
Activities and Societies:
- Successfully completed a placement year.
- Part of the Leeds Becket UKCEM Events Society.
- Attended and passed a BIIAB Personal Licence Course.