Mace People

Rosie Laurenson

Events Manager

Group Services, UK

From small town New Zealand to the bright lights of London, Rosie moved halfway around the world and joined Mace in 2013. Working in the Events team, she helps to create events that inspire, educate and provide opportunities for our employees, clients, partners and suppliers.

How did you get into what you do?
I went to university to study politics and media studies – I wanted to be a foreign affairs journalist. I picked up accounting as well and found myself working in an accountant’s office. After I moved from New Zealand to London in 2013 I got a week-long position doing admin for Mace’s marketing team. I fell in love with marketing and with Mace pretty much straight away and my contract got extended by another week, then another, and soon I was permanent.
How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
After eight months I was promoted and began working on marketing campaigns, customer surveys and client relationship management. Our 25th anniversary in 2015 was a massive year for the company and I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to project manage an event called Race for Mace, and play a crucial part in the success of other major anniversary events we held. In 2016 I moved into organising events for Mace full-time.
What is your proudest achievement at Mace?
I’m most proud of Race for Mace. I was halfway through a 5km run in 2014 when it occurred to me that Mace should have its own race as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. I suggested the idea and nine months later I was standing in Regent’s Park in London surrounded by over 500 colleagues and friends getting ready to race. We had great feedback and seeing everyone raving about it afterwards was amazing. Plus, it raised over £38,000 for the Mace Foundation – not bad for a few people running around a park.
What skills do you need to be good at your job?
I read somewhere that event management is one of the five most stressful jobs in the world, and that sounds pretty accurate to me. To be successful you have to be able to stay calm under pressure, think on your feet and solve problems effectively and efficiently.

You also need to be flexible - I’ve gone from discussing acoustics at a venue for 1,000 people, to looking up the cost of creating bespoke garden gnomes, to helping develop marketing strategies, to selecting the menu for a private dinner at a five-star hotel, all in the space of 30 minutes.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
I had no experience in marketing or event management before I worked at Mace, so to move up the ranks I’ve had to prove myself over and over again. The best piece of advice I’d give is to be invaluable. Be the person that people rely on and trust. And always trust yourself. Back yourself and be confident in your decisions, that’s how you teach other people to have confidence in you too.
What are you passionate about outside of work?

Travel! I grew up in New Zealand, so there was no Europe on my doorstep to pop over to for a weekend. I moved to London specifically to see more of the world, so I spend all of my money and spare time doing just that. In saying that, I have been back to New Zealand four times in the past three years… there’s nothing like leaving to realise how amazing home is.

“I'm most proud of Race for Mace... it raised over £38,000 for the Mace Foundation.”