MEET THE TEAM

Penni Pennington

Client Development Director

Connect In’s ever-increasing client list. As Co-founder and Director, her strength lies in business development, client liaison and drinking wine!

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.

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.

Penni says: “Creative flair, glamour and a little bit of Prosecco, are all I need to bring event themes and ideas to life – the possibilities are quite literally endless!”

David Ward

Client Experience and Operations Director

Before Co-founding Connect In with Penni back in 2009, David’s could be found organising and promoting successful themed club nights across Cheshire and Birmingham throughout the 1990’s.

 

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 Connect In with Penni.

 

David’s faultless organisational skills and his ability to ‘make things happen’ are invaluable to Connect In 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.

 

David says: “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!”

Jordan Walker

Senior Client Experience Manager

Jordan’s a grafter, even from the age of 11 when he was working five days a week in his father’s restaurant, followed by his 15 year’s spent in the hospitality industry – including Assistant Hospitality Manager at the Manchester Arena.

 

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 says: “I would much rather work 16 hours a day giving 100% than working eight hours and giving only half the effort!”

Head of Creative

With an impressive background in the design/Creative industry, Simon started out in web design, over eight years ago. Moving through the design industry by working in kitchen design, packaging and graphic design, he has managed to work for a number of high-profile brands such as, Halfords, Adidas, Tesco and Suzuki.

 

Simon joined Connect In 7 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 Connect In team.

 

Simon says: “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!

Simon Kershaw

Jake Redman

Venue Finding Expert and Client Experience Assistant

Jake has been part of the ConnectIn team since June 2019, becoming an important member of the team through venue finding and assistance in client experience. Alongside his work for ConnectIn, he is currently at university studying Music Business in Manchester, his studies also include running a local record label/collective which involves putting on music events throughout Manchester.

 

Jake says: "I have always been passionate about working within events after attending both large and small events/festivals from a young age, I have already learned a great deal working within the team at ConnectIn."

Andrea Donaldson

Finance Director

Andrea has been with Connect In Events for the last ten years. She met Penni and David at a previous employers shared offices and has stuck with them since! Andrea has grown with the company seeing their expansion of clients and memorable moments.

 

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. 

 

Andrea says:

"I would not be able to do my job without a sense of humour! Thankfully I have one!"