Clare Ruby – Founder RubyBlosse Events

A BIT ABOUT RUBYBLOSSE EVENTS

RubyBlosse is a fullservice events agency specialising in Health and Technology events.   With over twenty years’ experience in the “wonderful world of events” the team have worked extensively across Europe and the Middle East with no event too big or too small to tackle. 

Clare Ruby has been there, seen itAND got the T Shirt!  Head of Events at the NHS ConfederationClare managed the UK’s largest annual NHS Conference & Exhibition. Six years as Director of Operations at IBC saw Clare overseeing Europe’s largest B2B event serving the global media, technology & media industry. Now, together with Business Partner Sophie Morgan she runs RubyBlosse Events her own highly successful events company. Away from work, Clare’s a passionate swimmer and can often be found down at Charlton Lido getting there on her trusty yellow Vespa Scooter.

Why did you choose to get into the Event industry?
I was Assistant Manager at the Slug & Lettuce pub in Islington where there was a large upstairs space with its own bar. This space was used for private events, including after parties for launch screenings from the Screen on the Green cinema over the road on Upper Street.  I ended up running a lot of the events we organised there, and really loved it. I stayed in hospitality for a few years ending up running pubs in Soho and Richmond. I then married my head chef and we left the UK to tour NZ for five months in a camper van. Bliss! When we came back, we both started in different careers – him in IT, me in events.  

 

Who has inspired you most in your career?
Many people, and not necessarily the usual suspects. Some unexpected encounters have led to moments of inspiration. Mainly women I have to say.  

 

If you could work anywhere in the world where would it be?
Working with authentic, smart people that value integrity and honesty and know how to laugh and have fun. 

 

What has been your most embarrassing moment?
There’s more than one! Those of you out there who have shared them know what they are and I trust you to keep them secret… 

 

What piece of advice would you give to your teenage self?
I’m not sure I was very receptive to advice as a teenager. I like to think I’ve learnt to value the advice and wisdom of others since then. 

 

What three items would you bring to a desert island?
Assuming friends and family are not allowed, I’d take my snorkel/goggles, a solar powered radio and a never ending supply of Ventolin (for my asthma) otherwise I wouldn’t last long!  

What did you do last weekend?
I had my niece and nephew over for a sleep over on Friday. We built a massive lego car! Saturday morning we walked through Blackheath into Greenwich Park to see the deer in the deer enclosure there. We stopped for hot chocolate in the Pavilion Café and then went on a few rides on the Funfair on the Heath (The Waltzer made me feel really ill!) Saturday night was Strictly, steak and chips and red wine. Sunday morning I went up to Spitalfields to have my haircut at the brilliant Pimps and Pinups. I wandered through the stalls and found some Christmas presents for my brother and Uncle.  

What is your favourite place to travel to? 

Charlton Lido on my yellow Vespa.
 

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

Certainly – I’m not done yet! I have loads of room on my bucket list for opportunities that may present themselves to me along the way.
 

What is your favourite APP? 

I don’t really do APPS but am open to suggestions. The ones most used on my phone are probably MapMyRun, BBC Sounds and Phonto. I’m a big fan of listening to stories and podcasts (I’ve just finished Serial and S Town).
 

What is your favourite food?
It’s impossible to answer this – It depends who I’m with, where I am and what mood I’m in. Memorable meals invariably centre around family and close friends in warm homes. 

Do you binge watch and if so, what do you watch?
I totally binge watch box sets – mainly on Netflix and the BBC and Channel 4. I’m currently watching “Ozark” and “This is Us”. I’ve just finished the American version of “The Slap”. It’s an adaptation of the 2008 book. It’s told from eight participant’s viewpoints, after one of them slaps another’s son. I’ve also recently absolutely loved “Killing Eve” with fantastic writing from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (watch “Fleabag” if you haven’t yet), and outstanding acting from Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.