Bright Spark awarded Ashfield ‘Student of the Year’ prize

Spark Thinking, an Ashfield Meetings & Events brand, presented the ‘Student of the Year’ award at the UK Centre For Events Management at Leeds Beckett University recently.

The agency were delighted to present Ella Crowther with her prize following her recent graduation ceremony.

The UK Centre For Events Management was established in 1996.

In April 2014 the university appointed Spark Thinking to deliver the production requirements for their graduation ceremonies.

Spark Thinking global marketing manager Luke Flett said: “It is important to reward and recognise the bright sparks of tomorrow. University graduates are the next generation of thinkers, leaders and doers and will face a complex and challenging future.

“We are keen to encourage any initiatives that supports talented and enthusiastic individuals and allows them to showcase the new types of value and fresh thinking they can bring to our industry. We are confident that Ella has a glowing career ahead of her. As part of her four-year degree she undertook a placement year with the specialist events venue, 8 Northumberland Avenue, so she is already well versed with the intricacies of our sector.”

Ella said: “During my first induction lecture at the university I remember the lecturers sharing an image of the highest academic achiever at that year’s graduation ceremony. I remember thinking to myself what an accolade it would be to receive the award but never dreamed it would be me. It is exciting to launch my career with all of this experience and support behind me”.

Flett pledged Spark Thinking would continue to develop strong working relationships with academic institutions offering event management courses.

“Anything that encourages and facilitates collaboration between industry practitioners, lecturers and the student community can only enhance the effectiveness of our industry,” he added.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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