About Us

GCN Talent is the talent acquisition partner of choice for senior-level candidates and clients within the conference, exhibition and live events industries worldwide.

Run by two former industry practitioners from the B2B conference and exhibition industries with over 40 years’ worth of combined experience, we provide an effective and efficient recruitment service offering expert consultation, in-depth sector knowledge and an unrivalled network of senior-level contacts.

GCN Talent is the recruitment arm of the Global Conference Network which was established to provide quality information, events and services for the global conference and live events industries. As part of the Global Conference Network, we are positioned right at the heart of the industry and are therefore able to introduce you to clients and candidates that would be traditionally hard to reach.

You can meet our team below and find out more about how we can help you with your job search or hiring needs.

Katharine Mann

Katharine Mann

Co-Director

Katharine has 20 years’ experience in exhibitions and publishing sales. Starting her career at the Guardian Media Group selling classified advertising, she moved on to live events joining Penton/Ithaca Media where she became a Show Director after 5 years, following UBM’s acquisition of Ithaca. For the 5 years prior to joining GCN Talent, Katharine ran her own headhunting operation, 2BZ Ltd, and has built an extensive and strong network of contacts throughout her career.


Kevin Hosier

Co-Director

Kevin has been involved with the conference and exhibitions sector since 1994, working in content production and management with a variety of companies including IIR/Informa, Emap, and DMG, before establishing Media Types, his own recruitment business serving the industry in 2001. Prior to co-founding GCN Talent with the Global Conference Network, Kevin was Head of Global Recruitment and Talent Management at UBM (Conferences).


Rebecca May

Marketing Consultant

Rebecca looks after the marketing at GCN Talent, from our social media through to the production of our industry white papers and guides. Initially beginning her career in financial recruitment as an office manager, she quickly moved into recruitment marketing, helping to build networks and spread brand messages and opportunities. Rebecca has also worked in events marketing which gave her an in-depth insight into what makes the events industry tick – both in terms of the events themselves and the people behind them.


GCN Talent always ensure they understand the requirements of the business and the type of candidate we are looking for through close consultation with us. As part of that, they only send the best candidates, making the recruitment process efficient and enjoyable! I would highly recommend GCN Talent.

General Manager
Capacity Conferences/Euromoney plc

Kevin and the team at GCN talent are always one of the ‘must-calls’ when recruiting. The reason I like to work with them is that they take time to get to know our needs, and only put forward well-researched and briefed candidates which has led to a number of appointments. I am happy to highly recommend them.

Managing Director
Mining Indaba/Euromoney plc

Katharine is incredibly helpful, personable and enthusiastic – she was the driving force behind turning an opportunity into a career. I am very grateful for the time and effort she put into securing the role for me, and I highly recommend her.

Conference Director
WBR

Kevin has been a key player in supporting us finding top-quality candidates for our events team. He always takes the time to understand our requirement and then only puts forward relevant people.

Director of Events
Campden Wealth

Katharine and I had been liaising for a number of years. She is consistently very personable and a pleasure to work with as well as being very insightful and enthusiastic about who she works with. I always felt confident that she would represent me well. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Katharine again at all!

Director
Cuckooz

I am very happy to recommend Kevin who has successfully sourced good candidates for me over many years. He always questions a brief carefully to get a good understanding of what’s required for a given role. He’s always happy to take on board feedback to adapt a search if necessary. As a result, he always sends me through a high calibre of candidates.

Content Director
Ascential Events

I had the pleasure of speaking with Katharine when I needed someone who really understood where I was at that time. Unlike other recruiters I have encountered, Katharine really took the time to understand what I needed, why I needed it and what was important to me. I would happily recommend GCN Talent to anyone looking for the right move.

Business Development Director

I cannot recommend Kevin highly enough. As well as having in-depth knowledge of the conferences & exhibition worlds – and the key roles and functions that they entail – he is no doubt the best-connected recruitment professional.

Director
Southbank/Crop World Global

Katharine is a fearless recruiter who very quickly got to grips with the complexities of our market place and the specific requirements of the role we were looking to fill. She left no stone unturned in her search for the perfect candidate and I relied on her to save me time by thoroughly screening all potential interviewees before she referred them to me. Her results have been great and we’re really happy with the senior level people she has helped bring into our business.

Editorial and Network Director
The Hive

I have loved and enjoyed working with Katharine over the years. Not only she is one of the most resilient headhunters I have met in my career, but also an incredible pleasure to work with from a personality point of view. She is one of those individuals that will not stop until she gets what you are looking for, really a great recruitment partner to have for any job you may require to hire for. I recommend very highly!

Group Head of Marketing
WBR