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Meet the team

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The UK's most experienced pet and aquatics trade show organisers, with over 80 years of combined experience running trade shows.

Gordon Thomas

Gordon started exhibition organising in 1982. In his 30 plus year exhibition career he has staged more than 70 exhibitions, including many of the UK’s leading trade and consumer events. Gordon was responsible for Glee between 1999 and 2003 and, along with Annie Foord, was also responsible for incorporating Petindex alongside Glee in 2001. Gordon’s major achievements include building the visitor attendance at both Glee and Petindex. His desire has always been to stage exhibitions with colleagues who share his passion for his ideals; delivering great value and fun events to exhibitors, thus creating positive, enthusiastic reasons for visitors to attend. 

Annie Foord

Annie, known to most as the pet exhibition expert, started her exhibition career in 1983. For 18 years Annie organised Petindex for the Petcare Trust and latterly Emap. Throughout her 30 plus year exhibition career,  Annie has staged more than 55 exhibitions and she is very familiar with every area and every nuance of the pet and aquatics trade. Her expertise and experience extends from delivering visitors and caring for exhibitors' needs before and during shows ... to rescuing escaped parrots from exhibition venue ceiling rafters!  Annie’s knowledge of pet and aquatics trade shows is unrivalled.

Jo Scotting

Jo has worked in exhibitions since 1997 and was responsible for the organisation of six Glee and Petindex Exhibitions.  Jo has worked on the operations side of PATS since its launch in 2008. Throughout her career she has organised more than 40 exhibitions;  and although these have included some of the UK's largest trade fairs, Jo has never lost sight of the importance of customer focus.

Jo Craik

Jo has been working at Impact now for over six years, in this time she has been involved in over 15 exhibitions. Prior to working at Impact Jo worked for Ford Motor Co. where she worked in brand marketing. In this role she was involved in lots of product photo shoots, working on stands at The Motor Show and had a big involvement in various product launch events.

Joanna Bladon

Joanna started working in exhibitions in 2001 when she worked on Glee and Petindex amongst others. In 2008 she joined Impact Exhibitions for the launch of PATS and subsequently AQUA. She has worked on over 30 exhibitions working within the the various different departments of event/exhibition organising and enjoys all that comes with these events from the pre-show organising to going onsite to see the event open.

Helen Price

Helen has worked for Impact Exhibitions since 2009 and has been involved in the organisation of over 20 shows. Helen comes from a publishing background having worked on many different publications from University Prospectuses, to Childrens educational books and business to business directories at Benn’s, before joining the team at Impact.

Fiona Dagger

Fiona first started in exhibitions on a stand at The Chelsea Flower show in 1998 and 1999 selling garden statues and also worked at the Tatton Park Flower Show.  In 2001 she joined Clarion events where she worked on Home and Gift Harrogate and Royal Smithfield show. In 2005 she joined Emap where she worked on Glee and Spring Fair. Being an animal lover she has three dogs and chickens to name a few, she enjoys horse riding in her spare time.

Neil Pope

Neil is a trained journalist by profession, having learned the trade on his home-town newspaper, the Grantham Journal. He has edited leading consumer magazines like Angling Times, Today's Golfer and Garden News. He became heavily involved in the pet industry in 2009 when he was made Editor of Pet Product Marketing, and over a three year period built up a good relationship with the trade, including the PATS team. Neil, who took over as PATS Press Officer in November 2012, has three dogs – Lucky, Oskar and the latest addition Billie.

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