Paul is an original founder of Firebird and within his role as Managing Director he oversees the production side of the business. He is Account Manager for some of our largest clients and is hands on at events too, often attending large scale conferences, awards nights and parties.
How did your career start in events?
When I was 11 my Dad brought back some disco lights from a work fashion show… A couple of months later I was asked if I could run an 8th birthday disco party. In those days I recorded songs onto cassette and swapped them as I talked through the microphone! By the time I was 17 I had other DJs that worked for me and I worked my way through University as a Student Union DJ. During the holidays I worked for an event management company and knew that this was what I wanted to do. The day I left University I started my own events business and that’s how it all started!
What’s your favourite tipple?
A good G&T, or if it’s a long night a Vodka Redbull!
Why do you love working in events?
I love the creativity of events – no two briefs are the same… Working with a wide variety of clients and then seeing the event being such a success is so rewarding. We get to see the most glamourous corners of the world and have a great team to share this time with.
What’s the #1 most played song?
Either U2, Joshua Tree or uplifting funky house!!
What do you think you bring to the team?
I think, above all, the team know how passionate I am about our company and our events. I hope this inspires them in the office and at the events themselves. Our jobs can be extremely stressful and with very long hours, so it is critical that we keep a good life balance. I hope that I also contribute to ensuring that our working environment is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
None really… My hardest chore is clearing the leaves in our garden – which is insane, ongoing and never ending! But actually, I enjoy spending time with my little helpers – the kids!!
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
I think our Firebird 21st Birthday celebration pretty much topped all parties of all time!! A dream party would be somewhere exotic and warm, with no budget restrictions, for anyone who loves to party… How about the Maldives?!
Five words to describe what Paul brings to the team:
Passion, creativity, dedication, fun and lots of singing!