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.

o 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...

evie-owen-web.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.

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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 01483 862691.

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sofia-1.jpgSofia Aldatz Alonso - Head of Advisory Content

Sofia has been working in the events industry for over 13 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. While working in her first job she realised that organising events was the perfect outlet for her creative, methodical and organised personality.

Sofia joined Owen James in February 2013 as a Senior Project Manager, since then she has performed various roles within the company and is currently the Head of Advisory Content. 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 at the University of Bournemouth, graduating with an Arts and Events Management degree in 2015.  

Emily 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 Events Management. Emily likes to read and paint ....when she has any spare time. Call Emily on 01483 862698.

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stephanie-walsh-black-and-white.jpg Stephanie Walsh - Head of Marketing 

Stephanie has recently joined us as Head of Marketing here at Owen James. Having worked within the marketing and events industry for over 15 years Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. 

In her spare time she is the captain of a local netball team, loves to read a good book, visit the theatre and escape to faraway destinations - when she can. Call Steph on 01483 862697.

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Ciara SalaCiara Sala - Events Manager  

Ciara joined Owen James in June this year to manage the Wealth Management & Private Banking division.

Ciara comes from Barcelona, Spain, where she has been working in various roles until she discovered the joys of the events industry.

When she is not on the job, you can find her climbing, exploring new places or having an indulgent cup of tea. Call Ciara on 01483 862694.

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john-web.jpgJohn 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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Shams Fekaiki.jpgShams Fekaiki - Events Executive, IFA Channel

Shams joined Owen James in June 2018 as an Events Executive and is responsible for building and maintaining our relationships with IFA across our events.  In 2015 Shams graduated from Royal Holloway University of London where she earned her degree in Sociology & Criminology and shortly after sought roles in Social Media Marketing & Content Creation before discovering her true desire to work within the Events Industry.

Shams benefits from a rich cultural background thanks to her Arab and British roots as well as her past work in the UAE. When not working, Shams can be found at the nearest Arts Festival or exhibition! Call Shams 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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