Alison Jenkins – Founder & CEO, meetingsclub

A BIT ABOUT – meetingsclub

meetingsclub is a review site for meetings, training, conference & events. Our aim is simple: to help bookers find their perfect venue. Through the meetingsclub platform, members can share their first hand experiences through trusted and checked reviews, network online and access venues via seamless links. meetingsclub partner venues increase their exposure to the world of bookers and grow traffic through positive reviews and marketing of exclusive offers to members.

Alison is the Founder and CEO of meetingsclub and has worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years, starting at a very young age!  Having worked in Operations, Sales and Marketing for a number of leading hotel groups and event agencies Alison firmly believes that “service is the secret.” Her mission is a simple one.  For every venue that can hold a meeting, training course, conference or event anywhere in the world to have their own page on meetingsclub.

 

Why did you choose to get into the hospitality industry?

It was all down to a pair of jeans! when I was 13 years old, FUS jeans were the jeans to be seen in, they were equivalent to a £200 pair of jeans now. My Mother thought that was a ridiculous amount to spend on jeans. So I got a job washing up in a restaurant in the Cotswolds to buy a pair myself, I got the jeans and also got the bug for the hospitality industry.

Who has inspired you most in your career?

Harry Murray- while doing my HND in Hotel Management I worked at The Imperial in Torquay where Harry was the General Manager, I thought he was incredible and during this time was awarded “Hotelier of the Year”.

If you could work anywhere in the world where would it be?

France, I have always wanted to speak fluent French so that would definitely help.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Knocking over a Wedding Cake with all the guests, including the Bride & Groom in the room when I was doing my six months in industry during my HND. Luckily it was hardly damaged and they had taken photographs already.

What piece of advice would you give to your teenage self?

Stick to your dreams and think carefully before making life-changing decisions.

What three items would you bring to a dessert island?

My phone, I love to speak to my children everyday (hopefully Vodafone have a mast installed!)

Suntan Cream, I burn easily and understand the importance of protecting your skin. I had a friend who died because of Melanoma, he was a such a great guy and I really miss talking to him.

Matches, although my Mum taught me how to light a fire without matches, it is so much easier with them and think that a fire would ward off dangerous animals.

What are your hobbies?

Skiing and Cycling, I got the cycling bug after doing the Prudential Ride 100 in 2013.

What is your favourite place to travel to?

Cornwall I love, there is an estate called Trelowarren where you can rent amazing holiday homes and another place is Ibiza, there is a fab restaurant and beach called Malibu which is great fun.

Is there anything on your bucket list that you haven’t yet done?

My bucket list is huge; think I might need to start ticking some off!  A parachute jump is on the list.

What is your favourite book?

Mr Pinkwhistle this is a favourite from my childhood.  My babysitter used to read this to me and try to skip pages but I always knew and would tell her to go back!

What is your favourite food?

Cadburys Dairy Milk Chocolate, so much so that I don’t eat it anymore!

What is your favourite restaurant?

The Wolseley in London, for breakfast, they make great sausage and bacon sandwiches