Who we are
All our AIEA members are directors of their own companies. Please allow us to introduce our founding members.
Director, Blue Line Events Ltd
Nick and his wife Noelle set up Blue Line Events back in 2004. It’s an independent events agency with a small team of people offering a full range of services from free venue finding to full event management. They provide a very friendly and personal service, with one point of contact from initial enquiry through to the successful conclusion of an event. The majority of their work comes from repeat business and client referrals.
Nick previously spent 25 years working in the corporate technology sector with 14 years in electronic engineering and 11 years in sales and marketing running numerous European sales meetings, roadshows and training programmes. Having experienced event management from both sides Nick has a unique understanding of the industry.
Vice Chairman, PR & Media
Director, Cloud 9 Event Management
After over two decades in Marketing, Advertising and Events, Paula set up Cloud 9 Event Management in 2003 providing effective event management and venue finding solutions for a range of clients locally, nationally and internationally. Cloud 9 remains a small company with a big reputation for creative event solutions and exceptional service and the passion to ensure that all clients, guests, delegates and stakeholders in any event associated with the company.
Managing Director, Nexusvenue (SB Nexus Ltd)
Sylvain’s working life started in the 80’s with the Club 55 St Tropez and then George V Paris where he gained valuable experiences. Moving to England in 1988, Sylvain was part of the opening management team at the Bath Spa Hotel then became Assistant to the MD at Hunstrete House hotel. From operations he moved to conference sales and in 1995 become MD at Venues Unlimited then worked for I.B.R now Zibrant. His last job was director of sales for Le Meridien Hotels before creating nexusvenue. He is very proud that most of the nexusvenue team has worked together for at least 12 years.
Sylvain loves mingling, sports, adventures, has travelled extensively and is known for his can-do attitude.
Managing Director, Lime Blue Solutions
Nicola set up Lime Blue Solutions in 2004; an independent agency offering worldwide event management, venue finding and design services from their offices in Berkshire.
Now running an experienced team of 12, she has spent over 30 years in the events and hospitality industry, initially taking a BA Hons Degree in Hospitality Management at Bournemouth and her initial training with the then Forte Hotel group.
With 5 star hotels, boutique hotels, conference centres and her own 3AA rosette restaurant on her CV she become an Event Manager for a specialist event company in Jersey before her final role prior to Lime Blue which was Sales Manager at the Compleat Angler in Marlow. Unsurprisingly she loves travelling, hotels and good food.
Managing Director, Team Umbrella Limited
Martin founded Team Umbrella in 2012, having been involved in the events industry for many years. Martin attributes the team’s success to an “open mind” policy. He studied languages and speaks a reasonable level of French, a little Polish, and a high level of waffle. His career has spanned numerous other industries, including once working in a circus!
Martin is an avid rugby fan and follows Harlequins. He loves travel, food and reading, not necessarily in that order. His chosen career as a rugby superstar never really took off, due to limited ability. He sometimes claims to look like Brad Pitt, which also suggests poor eyesight… Martin believes strongly in the value of humour.