Simon Gasston

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Simon Gasston

Managing Director | Delta Events

What does a typical day look like for you?  

There genuinely isn’t a typical day in the events industry but most days start with team catch up to ensure everyone has all the information they need for that day’s events. It is not unusual for us to have 10 events in one day. Then it will be a mix of client meetings and staff meetings with some time spent onsite at events. Alot of time is also spent planning ahead, be that for forthcoming events or overall business planning

 How did you get your job? / What training, degree, education do you need? 

I had a friend at the time who worked in the industry and needed some help over the summer, and so asked if I wanted to come and help him. That was 30 years ago! I loved it from the second I started but had absolutely no experience or training. I didn’t even complete my A-Levels at school, so I am living proof that industry experience over education can actually work.

What are the most important skills needed for your role/job? 

At a technical level or in a management position, you must be flexible and adaptable. And you must put the graft in. That is an absolute must.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role? 

At a technician level there is always learning. Technology moves so fast, and we also work across multi disciplines of audio / lighting / video / projection etc. Each discipline has so many facets that we need to keep on top of. You can’t stand still and in order to be the best at what we do, we have to have a high-end technical knowledge that is only gained through constant learning. At a management level, I’m always learning from our staff, industry, colleagues and clients. If you think you know it all…. you definitely don’t!

What is the best part of your job? / What motivates you in this role?

I absolutely love my job. I love the people I work with from our staff, our suppliers, and our clients. Working in the events industry, although it’s hard work, long hours and can be stressful, it’s so much fun. The constant motivator for me is that I always want to get better at what I do personally and what we do as a company. That is really important to me.

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession? 

Give me a call or drop me an email and show some passion. Lack of education or lack of industry knowledge IS NOT a barrier to working in events. If you have passion and are prepared to work hard, we’ll teach you the rest and promise you’ll have a good time whilst we do it. Sense of humour helps as well!

What would you tell your younger self? 

Don’t worry about things you can’t control. And make sure you spend your life doing something you enjoy – life›s too short.

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