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.

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... 


James Goad - 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. Email James

sofia-1.jpgSofia Aldatz Alonso - Head of Content

Sofia has been working in the events industry for over 15 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 Content. Email Sofia 

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

Steph joined us in 2018 as Head of Marketing. Having worked within the marketing and events industry for over 20 years, Steph 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. Email Steph


john-web.jpgJohn Hall - Delegate and Relationship 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! Email John 



charlie-martin.jpgCharlie Martin - Delegate and Relationship Manager

Charlie read English Literature at University before becoming self employed for a number of years demonstrating her entrepreneurial skills.

Since then, she has worked in Sales, Communications and Events and came to join our team in January 2019 working as Delegate and Relationship Manager for the IFA channel.

Being a foodie, you can usually find her cooking new dishes or trying new restaurants - when she's not pining for the ski slopes! Email Charlie 

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.