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Kat Downes


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I coordinate academic and visiting conferences, managing contracts, budgets, catering,  registrations  (both technical side and customer facing) and facilities management to deliver complex events.

I bring 20 years experience of event management to the team having held both practical and project management roles across the charitable, cultural and private sector. I've created, coordinated and delivered nationally broadcast pop concerts, TV shows,  film festivals and networking events with audiences ranging from 10 to 25000 people. I've worked with and for Channel 4, BBC, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Creative Arts East, Culture Works East and many more. 

In my role at UEA, I've welcomed the NHS, NationalTrust, Campaign for Rural England, adventure film festivals, SENSS, student conferences and many more, working with them to deliver events sensitive to the environment and with excellent attendance numbers. I've delivered celebrity book launches and facilitated visits from royalty, the Fast Show at 25, astronauts talks and all the other exciting events that my team delivers. 

My campus knowledge is invaluable to my role, as campus is always evolving every day is different. Oddest request? 'Can I photograph your concrete?' Most exciting moment? Being on set for the Avengers film (I coordinated dressing rooms) and nearly choking to death next to Thor (Chris Hemsworth)  while holding a student union bag full of clothes! Sadly he didn't stop to check on me but I do get to say that I work at Avengers HQ! 


I'm very proud to work at UEA and talk about campus and our fine city of Norwich so please get in touch.  if I can be any help. 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts

5 Oct 19961 Jun 2000

Award Date: 1 Nov 2000