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Spotlight on Emma Matthys

15 January 2015

This week the spotlight is on Emma Matthys, Events Coordinator, UCL Communications & Marketing.

Emma Matthys

What is your role and what does it involve?

My role as Events Coordinator involves supporting the Head of Events and Events Managers through event administration as well as being a port of call for general enquires. My role also involves collating submissions for UCL's public events leaflet Brain Food and to manage the termly mailing which is distributed to all UCL departments, schools, sixth forms, UCL Alumni and local community. I'm responsible for editing and publishing online submissions for UCL's public events calendar as well as managing the booking and loan system of UCL's free corporate event display materials which include UCL branded tablecloths and pull up banners.

How long have you been at UCL and what was your previous role?

I've been working within the Corporate Events Team for a year and a half. Prior to UCL I worked as an Exhibitions Assistant in the Shows Department at the Royal Horticultural Society where I was lucky enough to work on large scale projects such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?

For me, being at UCL is a rather large achievement! I enjoy working within a professional service that can offer advice, materials and event management to different departments across UCL.

Tell us about a project you are working on now which is top of you to-do list?

The team and I are currently working on establishing an Events Network for any UCL staff member who has responsibility for organising events. We hope that by creating an event network we can share our expertise with colleagues and inform them of the event services that we provide.

We will be hosting a showcase event in late April, where colleagues will have the opportunity to network with the Events Team and other colleagues. For more information and to join the network please email us at events@ucl.ac.uk.

What is your favourite album, film and novel?

Favourite album: Now that's what I call music 1993 - admittedly it's a compilation album but it was the first cassette that I bought (and still have) plus it has cheesy 90s classics including Ace of Base's All that she wants and the awfully amazing 2 Unlimited No Limit.

Favourite film: ET or Amelie

Favourite novel: The Odyssey by Homer - I fell in love with this epic, so much so that I pursued a degree in Classical Civilisation.

What is your favourite joke (pre-watershed)?

What is a pirate's favourite shop…Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargos!

Who would be your dream dinner guests?

Robin Williams, Phil Dunphy (Modern Family), Meryl Streep and Audrey Hepburn.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don't sweat the small stuff as things tend to work out in the end.

What would it surprise people to know about you?

I don't have a driving license. When I was younger I was never keen to learn plus by living in London you can easily get by without a car.

What is your favourite place?

For the last couple of years I've revisited a campsite in Jersey called Clifden Jersey Yurts. For me it has everything that you would want for a weekend getaway!