Techniquest, the educational charity in Cardiff Bay, has recruited a conference and events development manager to spearhead its brand-new event services.
The science discovery centre has welcomed Gareth McTiffin into a new position at the organisation, having launched its events offering in May to diversify revenue streams.
Originally from Pontypridd, Mr McTiffin brings a wealth of experience to the organisation having worked for Merlin Entertainments and Pinewood Studios, overseeing a diverse range of venues and attractions including the London Eye and Thorpe Park.
In his new role, he will be responsible for developing, marketing and managing the events offering at Techniquest.
Providing a unique and unusual backdrop for both personal and business occasions, Techniquest offers waterfront meeting and conference facilities, as well as its exhibition hall, planetarium and science theatre for venue hire.
For the first time in its history, Techniquest will this year host a series of Christmas parties for corporate organisations who are looking for something different.
Home to 120 hands-on exhibits, it has already hosted the Cardiff Blues team for a team building day and hosted over 100 guests at its own 30th anniversary celebration last year, where Virgin Galactic’s commercial director Stephen Attenborough was guest speaker.
Speaking of his new role, Gareth commented: “I’m thrilled to join the team at Techniquest, as it has a truly unique offering for event bookers in Cardiff and the surrounding areas.
“Its architecturally acclaimed building is a perfect venue for many occasions — from corporate events, meetings and award dinners to wedding receptions, birthday celebrations and anniversary dinners.
“Being part of the story as Techniquest grows its events offering, was a huge draw for me. It also played a huge part of my childhood, and seemed like the perfect next step in my career.
“Having delivered corporate, private and ticketed events I’ve had to overcome many challenges that come with working within unique venues so I feel my experience is well placed to help Techniquest going forward.”
Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO at Techniquest, said: “Our new events offering has generated a lot of interest since launching in May, and recruiting the right Conference and Events Development Manager was pivotal to our success going forward.
“As soon as we met Gareth, his experience really set him apart and made him the ideal candidate. We’re looking forward to working alongside him during this exciting new chapter for Techniquest.”