Jessica Johnstone McBride

Event Planner

Gilly's take on Jess

Jess is a self motivated, ambitious and fun person with a true passion for the events industry. She is calm under pressure, happy when busy, and ultra productive. By being solution driven, she always tackles problems head on with honesty and clarity. Her on-site management style is assertive yet warm, her experience allows her to control and manage events seamlessly.

Her working life has included managing and delivering a strong array of private, corporate and charitable events all over the UK. Jess is passionate about exceeding expectations and loves creating tangible, shareable, unique and memorable event experiences.

Jess, why event management?

I am passionate about planning events; being creative, organised and business like. Every single day and every event is different which keeps life interesting and fun. There is a terrific sense of achievement in seeing months of planning and hard work culminating in successful events and happy clients.

What's it like working with you?

I am focused, ambitious and personable; mixed with a sense of fun! I love working with people and think it’s hugely important to build honest relationships with clients, suppliers and colleagues. I pay great attention to detail and remain calm under pressure. I believe no problem is too big - there is always a solution!

Where have you come from? 

Following internships with a variety of event companies in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, I went on to study Event Management and Business at University, mixing bar work with my freelance event work along the way. Since graduating, I have worked on an eclectic range of corporate, charitable, and private events.

When you're not managing events?

I try to keep fit as much as possible. You might see me in a hot yoga or body pump class, or maybe up a hill with my dog, Bear. I love being with with my friends and family, as well as trying new restaurants & bars Edinburgh has to offer. I enjoy travelling and going on city breaks, this year was Copenhagen, next year is Prague…