31 August, 2009

Festival Staff Profile - Jenny Rutherford

We spoke to Jenny Rutherford, Head of Marketing & Business Development for The Hub, the home of the Edinburgh International Festival.

What is your background – how did you come to work for The Hub?
I ran a small venue in Edinburgh for 4 years before coming to The Hub. Previous to that roles including Cast member in Disneyland, Kids rep. on a campsite in France and waitress in an American Country Club taught me a lot about both running events and customer service!

What is your job title and what does your position involve?
Head of Marketing & Business Development. Promoting The Hub to the right people and ensuring that we’re meeting their needs and keeping up to date with the fast paced events industry.

What is the best part of your job?
The variety and the fact that hospitality is a fun business.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Trying to please everyone – customers and colleagues!

What has been your most memorable experience in your job so far?
The Parliament sitting at The Hub in 2006

Which event/s are you most looking forward to at Festival 09? Why?
Petrushka, I love Ballet!

What are your words of advice to those at the Festival this August?
Keep breathing!

Describe the Edinburgh International Festival in 3 words?
Stylish, Huge, Breathtaking

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