Our People

With over 140 years of combined events experience, the Noble Events team has a range of skills, traits and talents that allows us to create event experiences in a variety of different contexts and environments. We bring people together by becoming an extension of our clients’ teams, so that they can focus on their guests, meet their business objectives and shine.

Penny Noble

Managing Director

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With a background of over 37 years in the hotel and event industries, Penny’s experience has a strong automotive bias, having worked for more than 25 marques in multiple guises from media and customer launches to conferences, incentives and global retailer training.

Events within the luxury sector are a passion for Penny, who understands the nuances of looking after UHNWIs and VIPs, including royalty and heads of state.

Penny founded Noble Events in 2008, and expanded into Dubai, where she has a second office, in 2015. As Managing Director, she splits her time between both offices.

She spent three years as an Eventia judge and has sat on advisory boards for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Leading Hotels of the World.

Her strong work ethic is evident throughout the DNA of the company; indeed, a key marker for her business is that of there is no “that will do.”

Penny loves a glass of crisp, chilled Provençale Rosé, and has a penchant for Asian-Fusion cuisine. Her favourite part of the world, unsurprisingly, is Asia!

Sarah Cox

Operations Director

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With a solid background in event delivery, Sarah now focuses on the day to day management of the business, specialising in HR and team management, employee engagement, health and safety, data regulation and contracts, for both the UK and Dubai offices. She believes that a happy team is a productive team, and works hard to ensure the wellbeing of her colleagues. At the same time, her role is to ensure maximum quality and efficiency alongside impeccable customer service, in keeping with the key values of the business.

Throughout her career, Sarah has worked across a range of industry sectors, including mobile telecoms, life sciences, financial services, theatre and government, and for clients including SWIFT, Visa, Mattel, AstraZeneca, the OECD and the European Commission.

A keen cook and wine lover, Sarah enjoys many cuisines but is never happier than with a glass of something cold and bubbly and a large platter of seafood, preferably in the sunshine of the Italian coast. Her most memorable travels were to Sri Lanka and she dreams of taking her family there one day.

Richard Glover

Finance Director

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Having initially worked in practice, where he gained his formal accountancy training and qualifications, Richard has held a number of senior roles, predominantly in service industries, during which time he amassed extensive agency experience.

His role as Finance Director spans both the UK and Dubai offices, ensuring accurate and efficient financial management of all events and liaising with clients and their procurement and purchasing teams.

Richard enjoys a nice cold fruit cider to accompany his steak and chips with all the trimmings. Currently his favourite place in the world is Italy, a destination he is looking forward to exploring further.

Sally Kay

Account Director

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Over the last 20 years, Sally’s experience has covered sports, hospitality, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows, with automotive very much her forte. Notable clients have included Bentley, Lamborghini and Porsche, as well as the Australian Grand Prix and Vogue Fashion Week 

Sally loves working on all things automotive, in particular product launches, which benefit from her highly creative approach. She works incredibly hard to deliver above and beyond for her clients, fostering strong relationships at all levels.  

Wine lover Sally is partial to a Chablis or a Malbec, but says that in the heat of Dubai sometimes she prefers a coconut waterHaving visited over 30 countries, with several still on her wish list, she is a self-confessed Europhile; her current favourite is Croatia, for the sailing and island hopping in the stunning Adriatic Sea, but Italy for the food! 

Kate Furness

Senior Event Manager

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Kate has a wealth of experience gained from working in the pharmaceutical, telecoms, FMCG and automotive sectors for over ten years. Working with high-profile clients including Bentley, Lexus, Novo Nordisk, AstraZeneca and Volvo has allowed her to gain valuable experience focusing on the little details that really bring events to life.

Running conferences, gala dinners, product launches, congresses and ride and drives on a global scale, Kate prides herself on the excellent relationships she builds with her clients and suppliers. Nothing is too much trouble, and her diligence is well respected by those she works with and for.

Kate loves sipping a cocktail in the sunshine while enjoying a BBQ feast. Her favourite place in the world is South Africa, with the stunning landscape, beautiful animals and incredible wine.

Lydia Galbraith

Senior Event Manager

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Lydia has delivered events across a variety of sectors including automotive, logistics, technology and alcoholic beverages, and for clients such as Honda, Bentley, TNT, Diageo, Triumph and Lenovo.

She enjoys planning all types of events but her meticulous approach and passion for detail mean that she loves getting her teeth into large scale training as well as luxury incentives.

Although her favourite drink is a cheeky beer now and then, when she has her sophisticated hat on, a crisp gin and slimline tonic is a clear winner, garnished with pink grapefruit.

Everyone would laugh at Lydia’s favourite meal as she is known for being partial to a good superfood salad, but when she is having a naughty day, its Mexican food all the way!

Lydia is a keen explorer and would always travel somewhere new given the chance. Her favourite destination is without question New Zealand, due to its insane natural beauty, vineyards and adventure sports.

Jenny Homer

Senior Event Manager

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Jenny’s career has spanned financial and professional services, technology, automotive and luxury jewellery, for clients such as LinkedIn, Mastercard and IWC SchaffhausenShe heads up the General Motors account for Noble Eventsand also works with global brands such as Honda, VW, Aston Martin and Lexus. Her favourite events are track experiences and product launches, as she loves seeing the transition of an empty pit garage or venue to a multifunctional purpose-built event space 

Jenny prides herself on her organisationalproject planning and budget management skills, allowing her to build trust with, and successfully provide counsel to, both clients and suppliers.  

Jenny’s favourite drink is a full-bodied red wine, coupled with a medium-rare steak. Her favourite place in the world is Oman, where the people are amongst the most welcoming in the world, and there is a wide variety of landscapes to enjoy, from camping in the desert, swimming in the wadis and hiking in the mountains, to the beaches and tropics in the south. 

Katie Stephens

Senior Event Manager

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Katie’s events career has included the automotive, retail, luxury goods, technology and leisure sectors, for clients such as Honda, Lamborghini, Sunseeker, Siemens, Diechmann, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Roger Dubuis and SsangYong.

She is never happier than when she is working on a product launch or incentive programme, and loves to see an event from brief stage to final reconciliation. Her venue and destination knowledge is second to none, and she is well known for remaining calm in the most difficult of circumstances.

Katie’s favourite tipple is a vodka with Diet Coke (3 lumps of ice, no lemon) and she loves to accompany this with Mexican food. Her favourite place in the world is Rotterham, where she has spent so much time it feels like her second home – she loves the city, the canals, the pancakes, the shopping and the nightlife!

Emma Calvert

Event Manager

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Emma has a strong background in pharmaceutical, finance and professional services and automotive, having worked for Bentley, Celgene, Barclays, Deloitte and PwC amongst others. She enjoys producing international congresses, drive events and product launches, and loves undertaking rigorous research to find the perfect venue for an event. This, alongside her creativity and relationship building, makes her an integral member of the team.

Emma’s favourite drink is the Caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail. She adores all East Asian food and says that her favourite place in the world to visit is Costa Rica with its waterfall canyoning and amazing volcanic hot springs.

Erin Donaldson

Operations Manager

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Erin has vast experience of the automotive, IT, telecoms and FMCG sectors, working for clients such as Honda, Dell, McAfee, Three UK and PepsiCo. She prides herself on her organisational skills and is particularly adept at budget management. In her current role she provides a valuable support function for the onsite team, ensuring that the office runs like clockwork.

If allowed, Erin would say her favourite drink is a cup of tea but, failing that, then a nice cold crisp glass of white would be her drink of choice. Her favourite cuisine has to be the coconut influence in Thai food.

And as for her favourite place to travel, she loves everything about South Africa; the people, the scenery, the food and the safari.