MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND GEMINI
It is our people that make Gemini the business we are. We have a shared passion for events that motivates us – no matter how many events we deliver, we will never lose that excitement and enthusiasm for what we do. This means you can count on us to be there when you need us, working hard to make your next event the best it can be.
We very much look forward to meeting you in the future, but in the meantime, here are some brief introductions to our Executive Board.
Christine Kelly - Managing Director
Prior to establishing Gemini in 1988, I worked for 10 years at Astra Zeneca/Stuart Pharmaceuticals at their global headquarters in Cheshire, organising UK and international events. Since then I have been proud to develop Gemini over the last 25 years, working with some of the world’s leading businesses to deliver events all over the globe. In addition to heading up the team here at Gemini, I am also an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise and a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE). TiE is the world's largest network for entrepreneurs and I was recently appointed Chair of the TiE Women’s Network for the UK North Chapter.Professionally, it has been a privilege over the last 35 years to work with so many inspirational healthcare professionals who change lives and shape futures. A particular highlight has been developing the ‘Controversies’ educational meeting format in several therapeutic areas, and recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Controversies in Fungal Infections’ this year. Personally, I have found it very rewarding to be able to use my experience and knowledge from the events industry and business management to support and mentor young entrepreneurs.
Alastair Cotton - Director
After developing a taste for events while leading a team of volunteers at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, I began my career at Gemini back in 2003. After working my way up from a junior role to leading my own team, I left Gemini to broaden my professional experience. Following over four years working in professional services and a move to London, I came back to my first love of events and rejoined Gemini as a Director. Since then I have relished being back in the industry and working with our clients, both long-standing and new.
Looking back on my time at Gemini so far, I feel fortunate to have worked on such a variety of incredible events. Personal highlights for me include leading a group of clients on a trip around Zambia, culminating in us all renovating an orphanage in Livingstone, something I will never forget. Likewise, I fondly remember an event spent working with a group of luminary speakers, including Sir Richard Branson, Lord Heseltine, Sir Terry Leahy and Baroness Martha Lane Fox - it was a very surreal day indeed. I cannot wait to see what the next event brings!
Mark Kelly - Director
Having grown up around the business for most of my life, I joined Gemini formally as a Director in 2010. My primary focus is on finance and the general operations of the business ensuring we are always as efficient and effective as possible.
Prior to graduating from a Business BA (Hons) degree course in Manchester, I successfully secured work placements at an Australian events company in Melbourne and also at leading accountancy firm, RSM Tenon in Manchester, both of which considerably broadened my experience in many areas.
At Gemini, I have gone from helping to stamp envelopes for mailings when I was 10 years old to managing the ticketing and registration process for more than 3,000 attendees at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2012. Working at Gemini presents new opportunities and challenges on a daily basis and provides a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment that is always fun to work in.