The Team

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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...


resize-evie-b-w.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.  Call Evie on 01483 862692

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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 direct on 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 direct on 01483 862693

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

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

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Louise has over fifteen years’ experience in the planning of large international sporting events, including PGA Championships and Ryder Cup in the UK and Spain.  She has organised corporate days for individual clients and remained in a customer facing role during her career.  With the explosion of social media she set up her own company assisting businesses to raise their profile via digital media.  She joined Owen James in February 2016 as she missed working with a team.  When relaxing she can be found jogging around the countryside…slowly! Call Louise on 01483 862695

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Simon was brought up in London and then graduated from The University of Bedfordshire in Sport Science and Coaching.  Having worked for a number of sports companies he realised his true calling lay in events.  His coaching career has now become more of a hobby and allowed him to work alongside ex-England hockey players where he specialises coaching hockey goalkeepers at club and county level.  More recently he helped develop a number of junior and senior programmes within hockey clubs.  He has also worked for a conveyor belt company piloting their telesales and minor accounts teams.  In his leisure time, seeing friends and family is a priority and he enjoys watching a good game of hockey.  He also enjoys long hikes when he can find the time.  Call Simon on 01483 862697

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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

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maisie-01.jpgMaisie Nowroz - Wealth Management & Private Banking Client Engagement & Event Manager  

Maisie studied Event and Festival Management at New Bucks University, graduating in 2016.  She travelled extensively around the world and then lived in Hong Kong for some time.  She moved back to the UK earlier this year and joined the team at Owen James.  She enjoys the sunshine (of course!) and keeping fit - to compenste for glasses of vino and chocolate - and can often be found just staring at her dogs.  Call Maisie 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. 

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