RAD Work / Life Naomi Alexander

Claire Brown, Amy Le Vannais and Naomi Alexander from the SCoR Conference & Events team reveal the secrets behind their success and their favourite ways to relax when not creating compelling CPD for members

Published: 19 February 2021 People

Tell us aboout yourself

I started my career working in retail in various supervisory roles. I have always enjoyed being part of a team, working in environments that are ever‐changing, and in a role that is somewhat physical.

I eventually found my calling in events, as it is an industry that has a great mix of these aspects and it is very fulfilling to see a project you have worked on come to fruition. Before joining the SoR in

October, I managed scientific conferences at a similar membership society.

When your alarm goes off

I hit the snooze button! I need a good 20 minutes to persuade my body to leave my cosy bed during the winter months. I then normally get ready, have breakfast and write up a to-do list.

How did you get into event management?

My cousin is a musician and when she would perform at shows and events I accompanied her for moral support. Being part of the backstage action was exciting, and it was interesting to see how the events team were able to pull everything together so calmly. These experiences inspired me to take a closer look at the events industry. I studied for a qualification in Events Management and then completed an events internship with the British Red Cross. I have been working in the non‐profit sector ever since, helping to manage and plan conferences and events.

What does your role involve?

I help to provide support to the C+E team in the management of online events. This covers everything from daily administrative duties like drafting pre‐ and post‐event information, recording registration numbers and responding to enquiries. I also produce a lot of marketing content, especially for social media. If you see a tweet on our @SCoREvents twitter handle, that’s most likely from me! For the virtual events themselves, I help to set up Zoom webinars and assist during live sessions too.

What do members have to look forward to this year?

On Tuesday 16 March, there will be a webinar on sonographer wellbeing, so if you haven’t registered yet, make sure to secure your place. We’re continuously planning for future virtual content and are currently working on something really exciting, so keep an eye out for our announcements.

How do you like to relax?

Listening to music is my favourite way to unwind. Since the beginning of this current lockdown, I have been reliving my childhood by listening to the music I grew up to. So, my current playlists are made up of 90s and noughties R&B classics, garage anthems and a few guilty pleasure pop songs too – nostalgia heaven!

What was the last book or TV show you got into?

The Serpent on BBC iplayer is a great drama based on an insane true story. Couldn’t stop thinking about that one for a while!