Meet Rose – Dynamic, Personable, Tenacious, Joint Chair of ABPCO and Passionate Conference and Events Professional

Rose had a particularly varied journey to her current role as leader of Opening Doors & Venues, the Midlands-based conference and events agency dedicated to exceeding your expectations.

Rose’s career path involved time spent as a nursery nurse, a period in sales, marketing and PR and a lifelong involvement with amateur theatre – which resulted in producing a 3 night amdram production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in her local church! Rose has certainly led an eventful worklife!

In 2000, Rose was persuaded by a friend to become involved in the organisation of a 2-day conference for Age Concern. Ultimately, Rose assumed the role of overall project manager. The event was a massive success and led to Rose founding the thriving agency that we see today.

In 2015, Opening Doors & Venues was winner of the ABPCO Excellence Award for Best Agency Conference Organiser, a proud moment for Rose indeed. ABPCO is the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, the UK’s leading professional body for association conference & not-for-profit event organisation. 

Furthermore, following the award, Rose was invited to become a member of the ABPCO Executive Committee. The Executive committee are responsible, in conjunction with the Association Director, for the general running of the Association and also represent the interests of the Association to all appropriate Government agencies, industry bodies, and the media.

Moreover, last year Rose was made co-Chair of ABPCO - a great honour, and another challenge for Rose to “get her teeth into”! It is particularly rewarding role to tackle in 2017, as ABPCO celebrates its 30th year. On 8th December, Rose is truly looking forward to co-hosting the ABPCO Chairmen’s Lunch and Excellence Awards.

Rose is aiming to utilise her position at this time to highlight a concept which is close to her heart – the nurturing of event professionals. An EventWell survey recently showed that over a third of event professionals have experienced mental health issues. This did not surprise Rose who, as a seasoned conference organiser, has experienced the relentless pressure involved in professional event management. Furthermore, as the line manager of two event staff, Rose is keen to ensure they don’t suffer in respect of this. Therefore, alongside peer-to-peer support, Rose wants to see more pastoral mentoring of junior event managers as they come up through the ranks. Rose finds acting as a mentor to her staff is also personally rewarding, and hopes to encourage others in a similar position to do the same.

Finally, Rose appeared on the expert panel at the clic+ conference, an exhibition for event professionals, which took place on 24th November at the University of Cambridge (for more details Rose shared her experiences and views on the increasing importance of face-to-face events in a digital age.

Opening Doors & Venues is an independent and highly respected Professional Conference Organiser agency established in 2000. In 2015 OD&V was the winner of the ABPCO Excellence Awards for Best Agency Conference Organiser. The team specialise in 360º project management which can include venue finding, delegate recruitment and registration, marketing strategy and design, and the development of creative and engaging content. To find out more visit the website, call Rose Padmore or Madalina Marancas on 01562 731788 or email

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