About Us

Introducing pro-ven

pro-ven is a robust and dynamic company with a formidable track record in finding venues and booking accommodation

From small meetings to major conferences, from group reservations to major room allocation management, we have the in-house talent to secure exceptional rates and deliver them to our clients with the smoothest administration

pro-ven delivers…

More than two decades experience managing the requirements and exceeding the expectations of blue-chip clients such as Sainsburys, Unilever, Liberty Global, Britvic, Carestream Health, Sony, Procurement Leaders, Tate & Lyle, Nomad Foods (Birds Eye), pladis (United Biscuits), CBRE and Beiersdorf.

A single-source solution and location for clearer communication and greater efficiencies

Sharper, smarter service, powered by our streamlined proprietary technology – “pro-active”

Meet the Management Team

Adam Hitchings

Business Development Manager

E: adam.hitchings@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835711
M: + 44 (0) 7876 758469

I joined pro-ven in an operational role before taking that knowledge and converting to the business development team. I am focused on winning and implementing new accounts to help drive pro-ven to the next level.
My spare time is divided between Emirates Stadium and Sky Sports.

Amar Akbar

Accounts Manager

E:  amar.akbar@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835732

Having joined pro-ven back in 2012 and have seen the company grow from strength to strength within the meeting and events industry. My role at pro-ven is to work alongside our operations team to ensure the financial processes of our clients bookings is smooth.

Andrea Manfre

Account Manager

E:  andrea.manfre@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835719

Before joining the team at pro-ven in November 2015, my earlier working years were spent with Hilton, starting in sales and then progressing to be an events manager. My time away from work is spent going on the occasional holiday and shopping!

Becca Bradley

Assistant Account Manager

E:  becca.bradley@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835743

Originally from a retail background, I joined pro-ven in 2015 as an Account Coordinator and happily progressed to Assistant Account Manager after developing my venue finding skills.
Time away from work is mostly spent with family and friends and enjoying the odd shopping trip.

Dale Trendell

Director of Operations

E:  dale.trendell@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835709
M: + 44 (0) 7881 958191

With more than 20 years industry experience in a variety of roles with hotel groups and agencies, I am as passionate about exceeding customer service delivery expectations as I am on a Saturday afternoon in the Matthew Harding stand at Chelsea.

David Setterfield

Account Manager Online

E:  david.setterfield@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835704

I joined pro-ven at the start and have held a number of operational roles, before taking on the lead in our delegate registration and allocation booking department.
My leisure time is spent with family and friends, and playing regular gigs and festivals with my band.

Jason Yiasoumi

Commercial Director

E:  jason.yiasoumi@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835730
M: + 44 (0) 7775 791250

I am a chartered certified accountant with a background in finance and commerce. A former hotel developer and operator, I have been with pro-ven since its formation in 2005.  My role is to lead the team which provides bespoke financial and commercial solutions to our key clients, supporting their operational needs.

Jayne Marriott

Supplier Liaison Manager

E:  jayne.marriott@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835706

My early working years were with Hilton in marketing, operations and sales roles, before I joined the agency side and was there at the start with pro-ven (account management then supplier liaison).
Two young daughters have also kept my husband and I rather busy along the way!

Julian Laxon

Managing Director

E: julian.laxon@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835722
M: + 44 (0) 7976 263975

As founder of pro-ven and with more than two decades experience in the meetings industry, I am committed to developing pro-ven as Europe’s leading venue placement specialist – based on the best people and the best technology.
Outside work, you can usually find me on a golf course or a hockey pitch or relaxing with my family.

Katie Bullenthorpe

Assistant Account Manager

E:  katie.bullenthorpe@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835733

I joined pro-ven at the start of 2017,  having previously worked in customer service at Waddesdon Manor and in events for a number of charity clients over the UK. I am a passionate skier and an avid West Ham supporter!

Lauren Petchell

Account Manager

E:  lauren.petchell@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835714

In my lengthy service with pro-ven I have been promoted several times to my current role as Account Manager of the Unilever team, and I am really excited to see our company continuing to develop and grow.  Typically female pastimes include shopping, indulging in a glass or two of prosecco – and getting married recently so I am no longer a Grimsdale!

Matthew Butler

Assistant Account Manager

Before joining pro-ven, I worked as Conference Manager for Doubletree by Hilton – having worked my way up the ladder there from starting on the bar. After 4 years I decided it was time to make a change to a different aspect of the industry, to broaden my knowledge and experience with the great team at pro-ven. Hobbies include anything football related whether it’s playing or watching, and you will also find me at the cinema as I am a huge film fan!

Ros Rega

Account Manager

E:  ros.rega@pro-ven.com
T: + 44 (0) 1442 835718

My long career in the travel and hospitality industry has encompassed long haul tour ops, group sports tours and full event management as well as specialist venue finding.
Weekends are spent supporting my partner raising funds for charity in his role as a Grand Lodge Officer in the RAOB.