Introducing our Events Support Officer… Charlotte!

Charlotte joined the Events Services team in March 2022. Having joined as the team’s Event Support Assistant, she has quickly worked her way up the ranks and recently became an Events Support Officer. Charlotte thoroughly enjoys seeing events come to fruition and working with a wide range of stakeholders. Read the below for a glimpse into Charlotte’s role!

What inspired you to work in the Events industry?
As a self-confessed organisation lover, I knew that this industry would suit me down to the ground! I also love working with people, so working with organisers to understand their requirements and then communicating these with the University’s stakeholders day in and day out is what I enjoy. The adrenaline rush of event day when you see the organiser’s vision come to life is what makes the hard work worthwhile!

Can you tell us a bit about the favourite event you have looked after since working at Swansea University?
I’m a bit of a newbie to the team, but I’ve already had the chance to work on some amazing events. My favourite has to be assisting the BBC with filming a 4-part BBC Drama which has recently aired on BBC1 called Steeltown Murders. The film crew used multiple locations across Singleton Campus to capture the ‘feel’ they had been searching for. As much as I would’ve loved to have featured as an extra, my role in this was making sure that the operational requirements of the day were planned in great detail, and the result was that filming ran smoothly and we secured additional business from recommendations from them!

What’s your favourite thing about Swansea University?
It has to be the beach! Both campuses are really close to the sea, and I feel incredibly lucky to have the option to stroll along the beach during my lunch break.

In your opinion, what is the best recurring event at the University?
The University has annual the pleasure of welcoming the Welsh National Orchestra to the Great Hall. This was the first large event that I organised, and it was amazing to hear them practise throughout the day, and even better to watch an audience be completely captivated by their performance in the evening.

If you could organise an event yourself, what is a must-have feature?
It would have to include something that would set it apart from other events, it’s the finishing touches and special extras that make an event memorable. For example, using a photo booth, or having a completely new and innovative menu. Also, I would make full use of the Great Hall Bar and Balcony, the views of Swansea Bay are stunning, and really makes us stand out from our competitors.

And finally, what do you love to do outside of work?
I’ve recently completed the Swansea Half Marathon so have been spending a lot of time outdoors and training. Now that it’s over, it’s time to pick a new fitness goal – who knows what’s next! Aside from exercise, I love baking. During Covid, I worked in an artisan bakery (something different, I know!) and it’s a skill I love to practise on the weekends, and making sure that my sourdough starter survives!