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The International Institute of Live Events came into formation in 2018 with a vision and mission to incapsulate education with the commercial world of live events. Accomplished industry professionals and academics who have published extensively within the field of live events management. They have an unprecedented and accumulative experience as practitioners in education and live events.

Our Mission 

Our mission is to create the most valuable event courses, resources and community to help people through their journey within events industry. No matter your experience or job role our website will have resources for the whole industry.

Our Vision 

  • To provide quality online courses built by academics and industry professionals.

  • A place for event professionals to access quick and free relevant information.

  • To help individuals grow their mindsets and become more adaptable and self aware

  • Give our students access to real world experience through our extensive volunteering opportunities.

  • Hold seminars and workshops with industry leaders around the world.

  • To create a diverse events industry 


Paul Walters is the Co-Founder of International Institute of Live Events. Paul has an employment history that spans over 25 years within the area of music management, exhibition design/build, management of major outdoor music festivals, project management, touring theatre management, film production, sponsorship/marketing and major sporting events at an international and national level.

Paul’s area of proficiency over the past ten years has enabled him to be instrumental in developing Event Management courses at degree and masters level. Over that period he secured the position of programme leader at 4 UK universities and teaching the same subject over a period of 8 years at 5 European universities. They include ANGELL Business School in Germany, Ecole de Management de Normandie institute in Paris, France, IMI University Centre Switzerland, Breda University of Applied Sciences, and University of Northern Denmark. Paul also recently taught at the Guangdong Industry Technical College in China to undergraduate event management students. He is a published author within the field of event management with several publishers. Paul is an active event professional who enjoys working on live music events throughout the UK and Europe.

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Vikesh Sitpura is the Co-Founder at International Institute of Live Events. Vikesh is a Live Events Production graduate. He has been working in the events industry for the past 6 years in various freelance and full time positions.

After graduating from University with a BA (Hons) in Live Events Production in 2018, he began a role at Alton Towers Resort as an Entertainment Technician, this role embedded the key principle of developing exciting, innovative and memorable spectator experiences. Whilst completing his degree he launched his own events company which offers music event services across the UK. Since its launch in 2018 he has delivered over 30 events in England and Wales with 5000+ attendees and featured a range of DJ’s and Artists. As a freelancer working in the events industry, he has worked in various different roles. Currently he is a Marketing Director / Event Manager at an educational technology company.

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Charlie Mussett is a highly experienced and respected Events & Safety Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the project management and operational delivery of televised mass events across the UK. An experienced event planner & director, producing event safety plans for urban & Greenfield sites, he created the operational & safety systems behind the Great Run series. Focused on operational and safety management, Charlie has a strong interest in improving best practice at events and developing the next generation of event professionals through leadership, lecturing and support.

Following a long career at The Great Run Company, the UK’s leading mass participation events agency, Charlie went freelance in October 2020 and provides Event & Safety consultancy to a number of clients including Massive. During the pandemic he refocused his safety skills & TV Outside Broadcast experience into TV production safety, joining First Option as an Associate Consultant, acting as Safety Advisor & COVID-19 Advisor on TV productions and photoshoots. He is a guest lecturer at a number of UK universities and HE institutions.

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Helina Thompson-Hartley has an employment history spanning over 10+ years within the events’ industry across a vast array of event types and formats. From a young age she knew that events would be the career for her, she secured a place on BA (Hons) Event Management degree at MMU and graduated with honours in 2013.

After university her first role saw her focusing on award ceremony delivery both UK and internationally, Helina moved onto an event producer role and further developed her technical knowledge and passion for creative concept development.

During her time within the industry she was involved in such events including but not limited too CBBC Summer Social, CBeebies Pantomime Festivals across the UK, Hay Festival, Bath Festival, UK Tatti Lashes Roadshow with mmmmitchell and Jeffree Star, Puma & Garmin Fashion Shows, Employee Conferences and Celebrations for brands including Nationwide, Shop Direct,, Travelodge, THG and Autotrader. Including immersive product launches for Illamasqua, ESPA, LookFantastic and ESPA.

Helina is currently the Head of Events at THG focused on the development and growth of the department, whilst on a personal mission to empower future event pioneers with the skills they need to enjoy a happy and successful career within the industry she loves so much.

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