Richard Waddington
Event Marketing Association

Chair EMA (Event Marketing Association) the UK industry association for in-house eventprofs.

With over 40 years in the events / hospitality industry, former Founder and CEO of international communications agency First Protocol now ‘FIRST’ building it from scratch to a business with with a team of 120 and offices in London, New York, LA and Singapore, exiting at the end of 2012 via an MBO. Richard is now an active investor and mentor across the events industry and holds a number of NED roles as well as being a sort after speaker at key industry events. Richard sits on the Board of both the BVEP and industry charity Meeting Needs

Richard was instrumental in the creation of EMA in 2013 as a not for profit in response to a number of corporate contacts wanting their own industry network where they could meet and discuss in a peer to peer environment. With now over 1200 members across the UK EMA is the home and voice for the in-house event professional.