Meet the Newest Addition to our Team – Events Planner, Julia Johnson

We’re incredibly excited to welcome Julia Johnson to Team Tactics as our newest events planner. Julia is a fantastic addition to the team and her experience and enthusiasm will be invaluable as we navigate the next stage of our growth journey and continue to deliver unforgettable events for our growing portfolio of clients.

Read our Q&A with Julia below to learn more about her impressive TV background, what she learned from her time as a Butlin’s Redcoat, and what she’s looking forward to most in her new role.

Welcome, Julia! Tell us about yourself.

I’ve been fortunate to have had opportunities that allowed me to travel around the UK. While working as a Redcoat at Butlin’s in Skegness, I met my partner. We soon moved to Cornwall, where I studied Television at Falmouth University and made lifelong friends from all walks of life. When I wasn’t studying, I was at the beach paddleboarding and exploring the coast with camera in hand. In the past year, I’ve welcomed a new addition to our family: a beautiful working cocker spaniel named Whiskey. My partner and I are currently renovating our first home together, which keeps us busy. When I’m not at home with a paintbrush in hand, I’m often at my local archery club with a bow and arrow. Fun fact: I ride a motorbike, and riding to work at Team Tactics on my first day made quite the impression!

Can you tell us more about your career to date?

Before joining Team Tactics as an event planner, I spent three and a half years in the television industry. During that time, I worked on beloved shows like The Chase, The Great British Bake Off, and 8/10 Cats Does Countdown. My experience in TV allowed me to develop strong communication skills through interacting with celebrities and the general public, which will be invaluable in building client relationships in my new role. With a background in performing arts and experience as a Butlin’s Redcoat, I pride myself on my interpersonal skills and attention to detail, ensuring I meticulously plan memorable events for all clients.

What will your role as event planner at Team Tactics entail?

I am responsible for ensuring clients have unforgettable experiences. My duties include scheduling, creating itineraries, and managing invoices. As the first point of contact for clients, I keep them updated on the progress of their events. I collaborate closely with our sales department to understand the clients’ initial wants and needs, ensuring we exceed their expectations. Once an event is planned, I coordinate with our event managers to confirm the structure and any additional details needed for successful execution.

I am currently focusing on our popular GPS and treasure hunt events to familiarise myself with the planning process at Team Tactics. I look forward to eventually taking on our more bespoke events. Abbie, the Senior Planning and Operations Manager, has been incredibly supportive and essential to my training, helping me understand all aspects of the Team Tactics process.

What about the role and company attracted you? 

I was drawn to Team Tactics because of the variety of amazing events they offer, ensuring no two days are the same. I thrive in fast-paced environments, and this role allows me to manage multiple events simultaneously. From my initial impression of the team through their online profiles to my experience since starting, everyone has been incredibly friendly and welcoming. I am particularly inspired by Tina, the founder, who serves as a fantastic female role model for all the women in the business.

What’s your favourite event in the Team Tactics portfolio and why?

Team Tactics’ CSR and charity events are my favourite because they combine fun with making a real difference. Wheel for Walkies holds a special place in my heart. As a huge dog lover, it’s incredibly rewarding to see our four-legged friends walk and play fetch again. I’m not the only one who thinks it’s one of our best events — Wheels for Walkies is a finalist in the Conference & Events Awards 2024!

Which podcast or book would you recommend to others and why?

I’m currently reading “A Court of Thorns and Roses” (ACOTAR) by Sarah J. Maas. It was recommended by my colleague Charlotte, and now the whole Team Tactics office is reading it, so we’ve started a little book club! The series has a few books, and I’m only on the first one so I have a way to go. If you enjoy a mix of Game of Thrones and Twilight, I highly recommend giving it a try.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is to embrace change and view challenges as opportunities for growth. This mindset has helped me navigate various stages of my life, from moving to new places and meeting new people to tackling unexpected obstacles with resilience and optimism. It reminds me that every experience, good or bad, contributes to personal development and opens doors to new possibilities.