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Hannah Williams S


omething that I have learnt while being in the events department of Holstein UK is that you should never expect a quiet day; my phone is constantly ringing, all day every day, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.


Being obsessed with details, having a sense of humour and multi-tasking are all key characteristics required while working in the events industry – I like to think that I am sometimes a jack-of-all-trades. While thinking on my feet and being able to plan, plan and plan are all fundamental, I never go anywhere without my trusty events box. Think of it as a Mary Poppins bag, even I have no idea what lurks at the bottom of this box, but it carries anything from sellotape and cable ties to extension cables and an ear-tag gun. I love my job because it mixes two of my favourite things; I grew up and studied in agriculture and have worked in events for a number of


years, so a job in the events department at Holstein UK is perfect for me.


My role is varied, which is why I enjoy it so much – no day is ever the same. But to give you an idea of what my main roles are, I book events, organise the building of show stands and order power, internet and refreshments for the stands. I also set out the staffing schedules and act as the Holstein UK travel agent as I book a lot of the travel and accommodation. On top of this, I have to put my accountants head on from time-to-time and sort out the event finances as well as organising awards, sponsorship, competitions, open days, dealing with all the Holstein Young Breeder (HYB) enquiries and, importantly, ordering toilets.


In my spare time, which I actually do have sometimes, I have two young children and an arable farmer husband – which is a job in itself; I’m sure many other farmer’s wives will agree. Outside of work and daily


Head of Events, Holstein UK


family life, I am also the secretary of Beckbury village show which attracts more than 4000 visitors each year with all proceeds going to the local community projects and charities. I like to take advantage of the free labour I have with my children and their grandparents by making them get involved and helping out. It is a great family day out. One of the highlights of my year has to be the National Holstein Show and UK Dairy Day which consumes my life in the months leading up to it; the dairy industry needs support and a platform to work together to share knowledge, discuss plans and seek support for future decision making and that is what UK Dairy Day offers. In my short time at Holstein UK I have met so many people who are deeply passionate about the dairy industry and its future and it is truly inspiring to work in such an environment.


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