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AEO People's Award

Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker

Director of Operations & Production, Immediate Live

After graduating in Modern Languages, Sophie started her events career at Consumer Exhibitions working on the BBC Good Food Shows. She subsequently launched the Good Food & Wine Shows in Australia and was also seconded to Food Network to launch the Great Big Food Shows in the US.

With over 25 years’ experience in marketing, editorial and operational management across multiple portfolios, her focus within the senior leadership team now sits with sustainability and NBD.

Sophie was part of the management buy out of River Street Events from BBC Haymarket Exhibitions in 2013 and remains a RSE Board Director after its acquisition by Immediate Media in 2020.


  • I think for us to actually champion the amazing people that work in this industry is to be hugely applauded and to be able to recognise the incredible talent that lives and breathes in our world is very important
    Lisa Tyson
    Deputy Managing Director, Aztec Event Services
  • It’s a great honour and an achievement to be nominated, shortlisted and even better to win one.
    Emma Barrett
    Managing Director, Broadway Events
  • I'm a CEO within the industry and it's my responsibility to support associations and talk to some of the new up and coming talent
    Mary Cole
    Owner & CEO, Skyline Whitespace
  • It feels absolutely amazing to be recognised for the work I’ve put in
    Melina Mavoungou
    Winner of Best Newcomer 2023


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