James Caldwell



Which events have you really enjoyed working on?

One of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had was working on the ANCA and Vasculitis International Workshop, we organised the event with over 600 delegates from around the world coming together in London for a 4 day Conference. It was challenging but there was a great working relationship between ourselves and the local organising committee who were based at the Imperial College. After that I would say the Social Media Conference, it’s an event that innov8 created several years ago and is going from strength to strength each year.

What has been a recent success for you?

In April we organised a World Congress, we attracted more abstracts, more delegates and more exhibitors than any other previous Congress in its 40 plus year history. It’s left a lasting legacy for the Association that they now have a sound financial footing to really go out and continue growing the Congress.

If you weren’t working in the event industry, what other career could you have seen yourself doing?

When I was younger I always wanted to be a car mechanic, however it didn’t help that I was awful at it. I ruined my first couple of cars when I was younger by tinkering with them, needless to say I probably wouldn’t have been successful at it.

If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would you choose and why?

If it was anyone, I would probably say Winston Churchill, he was as British as they come and a fantastic character.

What is your phobia?

I’m not great with heights, which is not a lot of fun when I’ve got to fly a lot around the world to events. I’ll often be found talking the entire way through a flight on my way to the destination, its obvious to see apparently as I got told by a fellow delegate to the IMEX event in Frankfurt a few years back.

Can you share an interesting fact about yourself?

I was born in Hong Kong, thanks to my parents being in the armed forces, it often means I’m a little bit delayed coming through customs to certain countries.