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Bring your next event to life at the University of Birmingham. Whether it’s a one-day business meeting, a large-scale conference, major sports event, or private dining experience, we’re here to help.

Our Commitments

Our commitments ensure that every event is treated with the same care and attention as the next. Our talented team and our delegate management service makes planning the event as enjoyable as attending the event.

Our venues are always beautifully maintained and individually dressed for the occasion, and our food teams create menus that are locally sourced, creatively prepared and perfectly served. These four commitments are pivotal to the way we operate as well as central the way we communicate.

We are experts with years of experience from across the events industry and we know everything that goes into putting on fantastic events right here on campus. We specialise in three key areas including account management, events delivery, and events management.

As part of a global top 100 University, we’re here to showcase phenomenal academic research as well as bring unique and large events to campus, and our city centre venue, The Exchange.

Account Management

Our account management team will help you choose the right venue, catering and accommodation to build the perfect event. Our account executives will guide you from the very start of your journey, helping you bring your vision to life.

Sally Badham, Head of Conferences & Events

Sally Badham Lee

Head of Conferences & Events

With more than twenty five years' of experience at the University, Sally oversees the entire operations of our team. She regularly works with external clients to bring major events to the University, from the televised Prime Minister Debate to the spectacular 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Ryan Adams McGlasson

Ryan Adams McGlasson

Deputy Head of Conferences & Events

Ryan oversees our account management and events delivery teams, helping to implement strategy, provide clear direction and strengthen our operational efficiency. He brings creative solutions to complex event requirements and looks for fresh ways to showcase our amazing and unique venues.

Georgia Johnson

Georgia Johnson

Account Manager

Georgia manages the trio of account executives within our team, whilst supporting clients within College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Joining the University in 2021, she has helped bring some incredible events to campus, and successfully won the bid to host the Faraday Institution Conference in 2023.

Christine Lyons

Christine Lyons

Account Executive

Christine is our event guru having worked at the University for over fourteen years. She looks after College of Arts and Law, and College of Social Sciences, and has helped deliver a substantial number of world class events across her career.

Louise Burridge

Louise Burridge

Account Executive

Louise is responsible for external clients looking to host their event on campus or our city centre venue, The Exchange. She enjoys unravelling complex event requirements and solving issues in order to meet client expectations.

Demi Lee

Demi Lee

Account Executive

Demi is responsible for College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and College of Life and Environmental Sciences. With experience in events finance, she'll help you maximise your budget to create a fantastic event.

Events Management

If you’re starting an event from scratch, our events management team will take the pressure off you. They manage, coordinate, and deliver all aspects of your event – including delegate and venue management, sponsorship, marketing, and financial planning.

Louise Walczak, Head of Events Management

Louise Walczak

Deputy Head of Conferences and Events Management

Louise heads up the events management team, delivering a variety of services to help bring academic events to campus. In 2022, she managed and organised the International Conference on Biomagnetism 202, a large-scale event that took four years of planning and attracted 600 academic experts to campus.

Samantha Oliver, Senior Events Manager

Samantha Oliver

Senior Events Manager

Samantha is your go-to expert when organising large-scale events across campus and the city centre. Having worked at the University for over seven years, she has valuable experience in events planning and delivery. Samantha has helped organise and delivered an academic conference attracting over 700 delegates to campus.

Jessica Nyirimana, Senior Events Manager

Jessica Nyirimana

Senior Events Manager

Jessica is the newest member of our team, but she brings with her a wealth of event know-how with five years' experience managing events in the pharmaceutical and investment industries. She's ready to support you throughout your event.

Katie Brown, Events Manager

Katie Brown

Events Manager

Katie organises and manages events at the University. She’ll be there from start to finish, helping you choose the right venue, manage delegates, manage budgets, organise fantastic social events, and shine light on incredible research.

Lucy Hall, Events Manager

Lucy Hall

Events Manager

Lucy is responsible for organising and managing conferences on campus. Her favourite event was working on the AM Marketing Conference 2023, her first conference attracting over 300 delegates to the Medical School.

Events Delivery

Once you’ve found the perfect venue, you’ll be in the safe hands of our events delivery team. Your dedicated event coordinator will help coordinate and oversee all aspects of your event. From catering, to porters, to cleaning and security, and arranging audio-visual support, they’ll be there every step of the way.

Helen Williams, Events Manager

Helen Williams

Events Manager

Helen manages our team of event coordinators helping to ensure every aspect of events delivery runs smoothly.

Annaliese Stanton

Annaliese Stanton

Event Project Manager

Annaliese oversees the delivery of larger events and conferences on campus, and is responsible for embedding sustainability initiatives across every aspect of our operations.

Daniel Whateley, Events Coordinator

Daniel Whateley

Events Coordinator

Daniel is passionate towards delivering events on campus, particularly those within his favourite venue, the Great Hall. He’ll be there every step of the way.

Connor Stanford

Connor Stanford

Events Coordinator

Connor is one of our other friendly event coordinators, dedicated to delivering events at The Exchange, his home from home. He knows every corner of our city centre venue, loving its historic charm and versatility.

Josh Butler, Events Coordinator

Josh Butler

Events Coordinator

Josh enjoys being able to bring the best possible experience for his events and will work alongside you to understand your expectations for catering, AV, and room layout.

Leanne Drury, Events Coordinator

Leanne Drury

Events Coordinator

Leanne is no stranger to major sport events at the University, having both supported the delivery of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and more recently, the 2023 IBSA World Blind Games.

The Exchange

If you’re looking to host your event close to the city centre and within a venue with historical charm, you’ll be in the safe hands of our dedicated Exchange team. They’ll be every step of the way and on hand throughout to ensure your event sparkles from start to finish.

Fiona leaning against a wall at The Exchange


Venue Manager

Fiona oversees our Exchange team, supporting both commercial and public engagement activities.

Damien, Deputy Venue Manager


Venue Services Manager

Damien supports with overseeing the daily operations at The Exchange and helps manage events delivery alongside the trio of coordinators.

Duncan, Venue Services Co-ordinator


Venue Services Coordinator

Duncan enjoys meeting and greeting new people, hosting tours around the venue, and helping the event organisers create fantastic events.

Ying, Venue Services Coordinator


Venue Services Coordinator

Ying is one of our other friendly coordinators, who meets and greets visitors to The Exchange, and supports event delivery, ensuring event spaces are set up for the day.

Hollie, Venues Services Assistant


Venues Services Assistant

Hollie is another one of our team’s friendly faces who will meet and greet clients. She supports the daily operational running of the building and is our accessibility expert.



Venues Services Assistant

Lydia brings smiles to the room and works with Hollie to meet visitors and support the smooth running of the venue. Lydia is also our sustainability lead at The Exchange.

Gideon, CBRE Site Manager


Total Support Services Site Manager

Gideon heads up the cleaning team and ensures that the venues and its facilities are squeaky clean. He keeps the building in pristine condition inside and out, helping to preserve its historical charm.

Farman, Total Support Services Site Manager


CBRE Site Manager

Farman oversees all maintenance across the venue to ensure it’s in tip-top shape. He is also responsible for regularly organising and booking maintenance contractors and keep our gorgeous old building in great condition.

Elliot, IT AV Assistant



Elliot is our other IT and AV genius at The Exchange and will be able to support you with all your event’s tech. He’ll never be too far away so, if there’s any difficulty, he’ll get you reconnected straight away.

Woman at conference speaking to delegates.

Make a difference!

We are an exciting and empowering business that invests in our people because we know it’s our team that makes the difference. We are looking for motivated individuals to work in our conference and events business. Whether you have lots or little experience we believe in hiring our team on personality and values, the rest we can teach!

Click the button below to read about our current vacancies. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t worry. Simply send us your details and we’ll be in touch.

Join the team

We are an exciting and empowering business that invests in our people because we know it’s a team that truly makes the difference. We believe in hiring on personality and values, the rest we can teach!

Click the button below to explore our current vacancies.

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Small changes make a big difference Our role in the University’s strategy is to deliver responsible events that make a big impact, without costing the earth. Here are just a few ways that we’re helping to make a difference.

Living sustainably

Encouraging our teams and guests to travel responsibly, using electric vehicles or public networks.


Serving and merchandising food in a way that meets the need, as well as recycling food and coffee grounds.

Promoting plant based

Offering low carbon, locally sourced and dairy free alternatives on all event menus.

Reducing plastic

Removing all plastic packaging delivered to site and well as all single use bottles cross our retail estate.

People walking and talking on campus.

Reducing our footprint

We are taking steps to be net-zero carbon by 2045 which is why our University Master Plan shows our commitment to building a smarter, more sustainable campus that delivers economic and social value to the region.

We are a civic university founded on the principles of social responsibility. This is why we are committed to operating in a responsible and ethical way that supports our region and our city. Our creative approach to planning conferences and events reflects the pioneering spirit of the University’s values, teaching and culture.