international confex 2023

Richard Waddington

Richard Waddington

Chair, EMA-UK

After a career in hotels, venues and events, Richard founded events agency First Protocol (now known as FIRST) in 1996 growing it into a highly acclaimed agency with offices in London, New York, LA and Singapore, exciting the agency via an MBO in 2012. Since then Richard has remained involved with the industry through investments, Non Exec roles, advising and mentoring, and through the creation of EMA. EMA came about through a small group of corporate contacts wishing to have their own ‘industry group’. EMA now has over 1400 members across the UK, is the official association exclusively for the In-House Corporate eventprof and is focused on helping members personal development, collaboration and knowledge share, best practice and the EMA voice back into the industry.