Speaker Announcement – Ben Hardy

Ben is the Managing Director of Richmond Event Management Ltd, an outdoor event management specialist, making great events happen in cities and places across the UK.

Since 2010 Ben has led the operational delivery of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Now in its 40th year the Fiesta attracts an annual audience of 500,000 visitors, a social media reach of 4.2 million and print/broadcast reach of 166 million. Notably Ben has driven the events turnover, diversified its income base and enhanced the events security, crowd and traffic management plans.

In addition to the Balloon Fiesta, Ben has been involved in some of Bristol’s largest outdoor events and celebrations, including Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol Half Marathon, BBC Food Connections, the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth to HM Naval Base Portsmouth and much more.




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