Declan McDonald

Event Assistant & Graphic Designer

Gilly's Take on Declan

Declan is a passionate event manager and a talented creative designer. With his background in animation, photography, videography and film, he always works with a clear and tangible vision in mind, making him an exceptional event concept designer. 

He is an 'ideas person' that keeps an eye on the latest trends of brands and the event market in general, ensuring that our clients continue to receive fresh and unique proposals from our team.

Declan is personable, calm, imaginative and detailed. He loves bringing his creative thoughts to life, supporting his team and exceeding client expectations through first class event design and delivery.

Declan, why event management?

Event management is something that has always come naturally to me. Growing up in a large family that was heavily associated with organising local festivals and sports events meant that I’ve been gathering and building on my event skills since I was 13 years old.

A good few years on, working in YOURgb's 'The Famous Grouse House' was when I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in events. Being a part of a successful project, that brought so much to the city centre, gave me a feeling of accomplishment and gave me the confidence to push to be involved in even bigger and better events. 

What's it like working with you?

If you were to ask my peers, they would probably say that I am a fun, loyal and an enthusiastic person. I am very ambitious, and I pride myself on being able to see and get the best from anyone I work with. You'll probably never see me without a smile. 

Where have you come from?

The baby of a family of Irish red heads who live in a village, at the foot of a mountain, with a supposed bottomless lake at the top. Six years ago I came to Edinburgh from the Emerald Isle to study Film and Creative Studies at Edinburgh Napier University. I valued my time in university as it gave me the tools and platform to design, create and grow as a person. My time studying gave me the creative freedom to explore my own tastes, while also teaching me structure, dedication and how to meet briefs and exceed expectations.

When you're not managing events?

I'm most likely socialising with friends, in the gym or trying my hand at a new sport (I love them all). I'm very competitive and I feel running an event has very similar thrills to sport. Not only because the more you prep the better the result, but also you can prep and train for months but you never know what you'll have to deal with on the day, and that is what drives me.