Industry education guru, Jackie Mulligan, director of enterprise and principal lecturer for the UK Centre for Events Management, has revealed she will be leaving Leeds Beckett University at the end of August to pursue her own business ventures. The future career plan includes providing event consultancy, running events for a major videogames network and launching a new digital platform to support local regeneration across the UK.
“It has been a dream to pursue my own ideas for a long time,” says Mulligan. “I have led so many projects for industry and now I want to be able to blend my passion for innovation, events, design and experience into a whole range of new activities.”
She says her first new events industry project will be as business partner in Game Republic, where she will co-direct the events and business strategy for the biggest games industry networks in the North of England.
Game Republic runs 10 events per year with companies including Microsoft, Sony and Amazon for some 700+ members. It also provides games content for festivals, workshops, international trade missions and produces events for other companies such as the GamesIndustry.biz Investment Summit at EGX in Birmingham for the Gamer Network.
Mulligan will continue to volunteer as VP education for MPI’s UK & Ireland chapter.
Mulligan adds: “I have made a lot of good friends within industry and academia and I intend to continue to help build bridges between the two to produce new knowledge, informed insights and to nurture talent.”
Whilst at UKCEM, Jackie set up a successful graduate-led enterprise to run events for external clients, led major projects on future trends in the events industry, educational offers in the region, strategic meetings management, CSR and participant experience as well as professional development programmes in the UK and internationally. She instigated the Big Conversation at Confex (pictured) working with Paul Cook to bring academia and industry together to discuss the future of events management education.