Clare Beach, PCO and Managing Director of Azura Events Limited is renowned for her hard working enthusiasm, ‘can do’ attitude and attention to detail, and her clients have come to expect nothing else. Her experience in the conference industry has been spent in both commercial as well as not-for-profit organisations. Clare is a list Queen and prides herself on attention to detail.
When not organising conferences Clare enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and baking for friends and family, practising yoga, sailing at her local sailing club, singing in a community choir and being by the sea. In fact, Clare firmly believes that making, sharing and eating cake solves most things in life!
"“I have worked with Clare Beach in my different functions first as Treasurer and then as President of the World Muscle Society. This involved, over the last five years, organising four international academic congresses in different countries and on different continents. These congresses were attended by 700 to 1000 attendees from 30-40 different countries and required setting up a high level academic program, organising venues and negotiating sponsorship, developing specific accountancy and tax negotiations as well as relating to local PCOs and academic committees.”
“In all of these dealings Clare Beach has shown an exceptional level of professionalism combined with a sound and level-headed judgement. Processes were always appropriately prioritised and duly completed in time. Accountancy was immaculate. Academic considerations were taken into prompt account. In addition to making the cogwheels turn smoothly in what was always complex undertaking, Clare Beach profits from her extensive experience in congress organisation and the running of academic societies, and is capable of combining this with smart anticipation. The latter is very much needed if settings are not completely standardised as you would expect if you organise world congresses on different continents.”
“In all of these proceedings, which involved times of high work intensity and sometimes navigating conflicting interests, Clare Beach displayed her affable nature and great sense of humour – certainly qualities that make life and collaboration so much more pleasant and easier.”
Professor Thomas Voit, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, London"
- January 29th 2020
"“Working with Clare and the Azura Events team to deliver the 2017 British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy meeting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Dance in Cardiff has been an absolute delight from start to finish. Clare was the epitome of professionalism throughout and, together with her team, helped us to deliver a wonderful event that ran smoothly and efficiently, and which was uniformly lauded by delegates, speakers and sponsors alike. Organising the event from over a year in advance of the conference, Clare made visits to Cardiff to view potential conference venues, headquarter hotels and venues for the conference banquets, and was in constant dialogue with key personnel at each venue to ensure smooth running of the event. This attention to detail was key to delivering am amazing conference for the ~350 delegates, and a truly spectacular conference banquet. In addition, Clare took care to deal with all the requirements of invited speakers including communication and invites related to the conference, travel arrangements and reimbursements, and hotel bookings, and was always “on site” during the conference to deal with any potential issues. In addition to her organisational skills for the conference, Clare also negotiated with potential sponsors for the conference and helped to bring in record amounts of sponsorship, thus enabling the society to turn over a healthy profit from the event. In short, Clare and her team delivered a magnificent event, within budget and which ran like clockwork. I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Clare and her team to anyone considering organising a conference, and I would like to personally thank Clare and her wonderful team for organising a conference that will live long in the memory in Cardiff.”
Alan Parker, BSGCT 2017 Conference Chair."
- January 29th 2020
"“Dear Clare, I’m really pleased to provide you with a brief testimonial.
We have been working together for 2 years or so to prepare for this event. I’m so glad that Francesco Muntoni who co organised the WMS Brighton meeting in 2015, recommended Azura Events to help us in this venture of organising this large international meeting. You and your whole team have been so professional all along the different steps of this long trip together. Everything went smoothly thanks to your professional work! And on top of this always with smile and enthusiasm.
Many thanks once again!!
Dr Gisèle Bonne, Institut de Myologie, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France"
- January 29th 2020