Meet your team

We’re very proud of our team and the work they do to create a friendly, professional service for you, your members and your delegates. Find out more about about them and the unique skills and experience they bring to Echo…

Claire Westgate

Claire Westgate

Director

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Dorothy Inverarity

Dorothy Inverarity

Director

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Tracey Christy

Tracey Christy

Director

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Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson

Associations Coordinator

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Nicole Dixon

Nicole Dixon

Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager

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Jo Sloan

Jo Sloan

Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager

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Imogen Cothill

Imogen Cothill

Finance Assistant

Rachael Scott

Rachael Scott

Membership Services Administrator

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Deborah Washington

Deborah Washington

Secretariat Services

Cheryl Price

Cheryl Price

Accountant

Claire Westgate, Director

Claire is a professional conference and event manager with over 12 years experience delivering client services and project management. Along with Dorothy & Tracey, she oversees the day to day management of Echo and client services.

Prior to Echo, Claire spent 8 years in London working for specialised B2B media groups - EMAP and Centaur Media. She was an integral part of the conference team at EMAP and delivered events across their publication portfolio which included Retail Week, Architects Journal and The Lawyer. In 2008 she moved to Centaur Media as Head of Events for Centaur Conferences. Leading the logistics team in their delivery of around thirty events a year including conferences, exclusive round table dinners and 121 summits. On her return to Newcastle Claire project managed the Behaviour Conference 2013 on behalf of Newcastle University which attracted over 900 delegates.

Claire is a full member of ABPCO (Association for Professional Conference Organisers).

Dorothy Inverarity, Director

More than comfortable in a multi-national environment, Dorothy brings her extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of events management and organisation including strategy, implementation and evaluation. Along with Claire & Tracey, she oversees the day to day management of Echo and client services.

Prior to her return to the UK in 2013, Dorothy spent several years managing programmes for large scale international conferences and events for MCI in Brussels. Specific projects included events such as the Society for Clinical Data Management (Baltimore, LA), Dioxin Annual Conference (Brussels), 20th EACMFS Congress with over 1900 delegates (Bruges), and the United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit (New York). Fluent in French and with a PhD in Chemistry, Dorothy heads up Echo’s international congress and association management services, creating an international and scientific slant to client events.

Tracey Christy, Director

Tracey Christy, is an experienced finance manager with extensive financial knowledge gained from over two decades working within a range of different sectors. Along with Dorothy & Claire, she oversees the day to day management of Echo and head up the finance division.

Tracey manages the finance team who cover a wide range of services for clients, from the day to day back office finance functions, to more complex finance functions, such as cash flow and working capital management, foreign currency risk management, and preparation of Management Accounts and EU Project Reports for International clients.

Tracey specialises in finance system processes, reviewing and improving current systems. For clients this means improved efficiency, compliance and management information reporting.

Throughout her career Tracey has worked for employers such as the NHS, Royal Mail and Local Council, through to charities and private sector Ltd companies. Tracey is in the final stages of completing ACCA, having passed all of the knowledge and fundamental exams.

Laura Gibson, Associations Coordinator

Laura works across a number of client accounts offering an exceptional level of customer service to our associations and their members. She oversees the day to day administration, membership renewals, websites and handles membership enquries. 

After graduating from university Laura worked for the Labour Party on a full five year election cycle. During that time, she worked in the Membership team where she drove membership retention and the Conference and Events team where she project managed the Autumn Conference Fringe Event Programme.

After the Labour Party she spent a year in Melbourne, Australia before returning to the UK and joining the Echo team in 2017. 

Nicole Dixon, Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager

Nicole works across all of Echo's events building relationships with our partners and delivering sponsorship packages which create real opportunities for investors. 

Prior to Echo Nicole worked for a number of large London based conference specialists including Clarion Events, Financial Times and Ascential Events.

Having lived all over the world from Dubai to London she has a thorough understanding of the opportunities that event sponsorship can provide and the power of face to face meetings. 

 

Jo Sloan, Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager

Having worked across a range of event, sponsorship and exhibition management roles for over a decade Jo brings her extensive management skills to her role as sponsorship and exhibition manager, ensuring the smooth running of all exhibition and sponsorship logistics from inception to conclusion for all clients.

Target focused, Jo has the ability to meet and exceed revenue targets and has the knowledge to maximise revenue streams for each project she undertakes.

Previously based in Melbourne Australia, Jo has a range of experience organising exhibitions and managing sponsors for large scale conferences and events with up to 5,000 delegates. 

 

Rachael Scott, Membership Services Administrator

Rachael handles membership enquiries and supports Laura with the day to day running of our associations. An invaluable member of the team she also provides administrative support for the committees and board members - planning meetings, agendas and papers for distribution.