Meet The Team
As a well-respected personality within the housing and event industries, Penni’s breadth of knowledge spans over 20 years. A powerful advocate for women, she is the founder of the prestigious Women in Housing awards and an Ambassador for the Girls Out Loud Foundation and charity. Penni never switches off and is always thinking of new ways to adapt and change the direction of events – now more than ever, she has helped reshape ConnectIn into the virtual online event specialists they are today.
Whatever her brief, Penni is passionate about event delivery, her persuasive skills, creativity and incredible work rate means she can deliver fantastic result for clients every time and her ability to secure impressive amounts of sponsorship are well-renowned.
On a personal level, Penni is well-loved for her warm, bubbly and personable nature, balanced with true professionalism; she gets the best out of everyone she works with.
“Creative flair, glamour and a little bit of Prosecco, are all I need to bring ideas to life – the possibilities of virtual events are quite literally endless!”
A change of pace saw David enter the ‘real world’ and head up the events division of a North West publishing house prior to establishing ConnectIn with Penni.
David’s faultless organisational skills and his ability to ‘make things happen’ are invaluable to ConnectIn and its clients. With previous experience of working for a bank, David is naturally the ‘money man’, managing both clients and Connect In’s budgets with pin-point accuracy.
That keen eye for detail doesn’t end with the finances, David also oversees all of the design, development and delivery within Connect In’s portfolio of events. Along with Penni, David has been one half of the driving force behind turning ConnectIn virtual. From the minute you choose ConnectIn to run your virtual event, David is there to help guide, prompt and conjure your every request!
“When I was younger, I always wanted to be a ‘rock star or a Grand Prix driver’, so now every event I design has to be memorable, and as special as it can be for our clients – making their dreams come true!”
He is immensely driven to succeed and doesn’t stop until a client’s visions are turned into reality. Jordan loves doing what he does, turning people’s dreams into a reality – that most certainly shows in his quality of work. Jordan’s client management ability has been a real driving force behind ConnectIn’s new digital offering.
“I would much rather work 16 hours a day giving 100% than working eight hours and giving only half the effort! Our new digital approach has its challenges, but I love a challenge - just because we can’t see the audience doesn’t mean they aren’t there!”
A love for dance music sparked her passion for events and festivals – attending events across Europe in Leeds, Manchester, Barcelona, Ibiza and more! During her time at university Jess worked in promotion, networking and hospitality roles for various student club nights. A true lover of music, she is a pianist and song writer in her spare time.
Previously a restorative approach ambassador during her education, Jess is a people person who loves working with people of all backgrounds – always doing everything with a smile!
Jess says: ‘Creatio ex nihilio’ – creating paradise out of nothing. I believe that the possibilities within events are endless and that is the beauty of our industry. Transforming ideas on paper into a live reality is something that I will never lose love for.
Simon joined Connect In eight years ago and has never looked back since. Simon’s skill set is vast including typography, visualisation, print, software design and communications – making Simon an invaluable member of the ConnectIn team.
“Design has always been a massive part of my life, when I was younger, I used to draw pictures and send them to big blue-chip companies looking for a response and advice on how to progress. To be doing what I’m doing now – it’s a dream come true!
In Andrea's spare time she enjoys walking the dog, spending time with her family and attending gigs - Especially Rock! In fact, Andrea and David share a common love of the Foo Fighters.
"I would not be able to do my job without a sense of humour! Thankfully I have one!