Our team

Management

Paul Gray

Managing Director

Paul has a background in business development, marketing, public relations and consulting, in addition to event management.

After starting work in advertising in 1989, Paul moved into PR where he specialised in B2B communications for business services providers such as leading consultants KPMG and Cap Gemini.  He also worked representing trade associations, accounting and law firms and software providers.

Having moved into events during the 1990’s, Paul set up Symposium Events in 2003 to focus on conference production and the provision of information to the HR sector.

In his personal life, Paul is a practitioner of Japanese fencing (Kendo). He has also been active in politics, standing for Parliament in 1997 as the Conservative candidate for Preston in Lancashire.

Production team

Sales team

Martin Horlington

Head of Sales & Marketing

Martin joined the Symposium team in October 2014 to head up our client relations and marketing functions. An experienced sales professional with background in media, publishing and events, Martin is also a digital specialist and an expert in online events, marketing and social media solutions in both a customer and B2B environment.

A business and finance graduate of London Metropolitan University, Martin is a regular part of our conference team, supporting and liaising with our sponsors, exhibitors and media partners. Away from his role, he is a self-confessed technology enthusiast, creative writer, ardent Chelsea follower and dedicated family man. 

    Tony Okbani

    Client Relations Manager

    Tony is responsible for our relationships with our sponsors and exhibitors and a huge part of our events team. If you want to exhibit at one of our events or advertise with us he’s keen to talk. He has also been known to help put exhibition stands up on conference days (if you ask very nicely!).

    An experienced sales and client relations professional who grew up a stones throw from our offices near the Old Street roundabout in Shoreditch, Tony joined us at the start of 2014 as the client relations manager for our leading industry publication HRreview, but quickly added Symposium Conferences to his portfolio. If you are interested in our highly sought after exhibition spaces at one of our events, or advertising your business to the vast and growing readership of HRreview, he is the man to talk to you about the demonstrable benefits of doing so.

    Away from our events, Tony is a keen footballer and dedicated follower of the fortunes of north-London giants, Arsenal.

    Marketing team

    Logistics

    Customer services