The Team


Owen James was founded by Evie Owen and James Goad in 2005. Our goal was to create events which brought together the right people to discuss the right stuff in the right context.

So far so good! We have managed to employ a team who share our enthusiasm and passion for hard work and excellent customer service. When people come to our different events, we believe they are made to feel welcome and special. That is the goal!

Meet the team...

for-business.jpgEvie Owen - Joint Managing Director

Evie’s career path has not been particularly structured. Ranging from the British Foreign Office through to Hotel Management – a substantial part of her working life has been spent overseas in Europe and the Middle East. Latterly her career took in the world of venture capital as Assistant Secretary at the British Venture Capital Association and then Richmond Events as Project Director where she worked across a variety of industries – marketing, HR and financial services – before teaming up with James.

Having established their credentials in financial services, they decided to set up Owen James and run events with a more strategic, research-based approach. So far so good. Call Evie on 01483 862692.




James Goad - Joint Managing Director

James’s career began at Richmond Events as Head of Sales organising a large annual IFA forum in the UK.  This involved sending providers out to sea for a number of days on a luxury cruise liner and marrying them up with potential clients.

Times have moved on since then and James is now more focused on working with the key influencers from the various distribution communities to identify and work through the challenges facing both their businesses and the industry. James was educated at Bristol University and graduated with a 2.1 Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with European Studies.

When James is not juggling family and business, his passions revolve around Africa, pounding the streets, canoeing, football and skiing. Call James 01483 862691.

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sofia-1.jpgSofia Aldatz Alonso - General Manager 

Sofia has been working in the events industry for over ten years and has extensive experience with both commercial and not-for-profit organisations. She started her career organising events for the Film and Animation industry on the back of her two master degrees, Production and Management for Film & TV and Production Design for Film & TV. While working in her first job she realised that organising events was the perfect outlet for her creative, methodical and organised personality. Sofia is the General Manager at Owen James. Call Sofia on 01483 862693.

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image-emily-landless-bw.jpg Emily Landless - Events Manager - IFA Channel 

Emily grew up in Zambia, Africa and came over to study in the UK in 2010.  She studied Arts and Design in University of Bournemouth, graduating with an Arts and Events Management degree in 2015.  She joined our team in late 2015 as Relationship Manager and was responsible for building and maintaining our relationship with IFA's across our events. At the start of 2017 Emily branched out into the Events Management side of Owen James. Emily likes to read and paint ....when she has any spare time. Call Emily on 01483 862698.

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hannah-jackson-image-bw.jpg Hannah Jackson - Business Development Manager 

Hannah is our Business Development Manager here at Owen James and although she is new to us she has actually done time with us before, a three year stint to be precise.  Full of enthusiasm, Hannah really understands our clients and the challenges within the financial services world.  She loves to dabble in the marketing arena when the business needs her and in her spare time she loves walking her dog, who she treats like her child, as well as treating herself to a pamper at a spa. Call Hannah on 01483 862694.



simon-black-w-b-pic.jpgSimon Black - Relationship Manager Wealth Management & Private Banking  

Simon started at Owen James in 2015 as a Relationship Manager and is responsible for building and maintaining our relationship with the Wealth Managers and Private Banks, together with helping to launch TheMIND.

Previously Simon helped pilot a telesales and minor accounts team in the UK, after having worked in corporate events. Graduating from University in 2012, doing Sport Science and Coaching, Simon found his true calling in events building lasting relationships and since then hasn't looked back. However, in his spare time he does still help out at local hockey clubs around him in Raynes Park specialising in training goalkeepers. Call Simon on 01483 862697.



john-hall-black-and-white.png John Hall - Retail Client Engagement & Event Manager

John has spent the majority of his working life in retail banking with Barclays Bank where he worked in many different roles which included managing a number of branches. He also worked in the sports & gaming industry at Sporting Index, where he was a Business Development Manager helping to grow the organisation. In his spare time, alongside bringing up three young boys, he coaches Weybridge Vandals U8 cricket team as well as playing whenever he can. A huge West Ham fan he attends games as much as possible and has had a lifetime of mainly frustration! Other interests include golf, horse racing, American football and going to the pub whenever permitted. Call John on 01483 862696.



maisie-01.jpgMaisie Nowroz - Events Manager, Wealth Management & Private Banking

Maisie studied Event and Festival Management at New Bucks University, graduating in 2016. She lived in Hong Kong for some time and travelled extensively around the world until finding her passion in Events Management. She joined Owen James in early 2017 in Wealth Management & Private Banking. She enjoys the sunshine (of course!) and keeping fit - to compensate for glasses of vino and chocolate - and can often be found just staring at her dogs. Call Maisie on 01483 862690. 


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katherine-fortson.jpgKatherine Fortson - Delegate Manager, IFA Channel

Kat recently graduated from the University of Nottingham, where she studied German and Dutch. She spent her year abroad studying History of Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and working as an English teacher in Vienna. She joined Owen James in October 2017 as Relationship Manager and is responsible for building and maintaining our relationships with IFAs across our events. In her spare time, Kat enjoys any excuse to socialise with her friends and watch the rugby! Call Kat on 01483 862693.


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John Chapman - Consultant 

John has spent the majority of his career in financial services following his qualification as a chartered accountant with EY. He has been heavily invloved with mergers and acquisitions and joined Torquil Clark, a national IFA business, leading them through four acquisitions in eighteen months and the sale of the business to Skipton Building Society.  John recently relocated back to London to establish his own corporate finance business and works closely with Owen James to develop their merger and acquisitions consulting business. The relocation has worked well, except John now spends an inordinate amount of time on Virgin Trains, returning to Manchester to support his United lifelong obsession.