Now in its fourth year under the new management team, The Game Fair is gearing up for expansion, a push on improved customer communication and a drive on quality. To facilitate these changes and more, the commercial team is expanding. Meet the new team…
Harriett Weston joins us heading up the popular Retail section including fashion, art and lifestyle products. Harriett brings a wealth of experience in live events, leaving behind a commercial role at Royal International Air Tattoo, combined with a personal passion for the countryside.
Harriett said “I have successfully grown the Business Development side of the Royal International Air Tattoo alongside an operational role, so you know I am also good at logistics and planning”.
“Away from work, in the winter months you’ll find me in a wet, muddy beating line! I’m truly delighted to be joining the team and will bring nothing but hard work, respect for others and a smile to The Game Fair. I’m not coming with any pre-conceptions or ideas and am so looking forward to this new challenge.
Oh, lastly: I’m a two T Harriett – happy for you to call me H.”
Chris Seldon’s arrival will give industry focus to gardens, machinery, diversification, and gamekeeping – benefiting from Chris’ 30 year career in events and the media.
Regarding his new appointment Chris said “I have been in the heady world of media for most of my professional life, working for media owners and advertising agencies, some say poacher turned gamekeeper. I have worked in many sectors including farming, engineering, food and marine.”
“Working on exhibitions and niche events I deliver the best service possible to my clients and quality solutions to meet their needs. I am a keen sportsman – my big passion is rugby, I cant wait to get stuck in to my new role at The Game Fair.”
Completing the sales team’s full time staff will be Katrina Midgley. Familiar to many already, Katrina has the last 3 Game Fairs behind her and an excellent knowledge of the complexities and quirks of the event, having worked across both Operations and Sales.
Katrina will primarily be taking care of Gunmakers, Equestrian and Dogs, whilst also looking after some of the larger accounts.
Katrina said “My background includes key account management with IPC Media (now TI Media) on Horse and Hound where I also managed their outdoor events for a few years. I have also worked for showguide publishers TRMG on their Crufts, Olympia and Royal Windsor products before leaving to run my own business. Outside of work I am heavily involved in the countryside and am the firm but fair DC of our local Pony Club”.
“The future is really exciting for The Game Fair and I am looking forward to continuing working with the fabulous team who put the event together.”
John Hunter, who has played a major role in the development of both the airguns and fishing areas since 2017, will continue his consultancy for The Game Fair, building on the last two years.
Three successive years of growth, solid attendance records and a high spending, quality audience has created exhibitor waiting lists in some areas, allowing for quality selection and further improvements. Adding to this, there will be an expansion in gardening related exhibitors to complement new Show Gardens planned for the event next year.
Please get in touch if you have any questions at all. In the mean time I hope you will join us in welcoming Harriett and Chris to the team.