Thushari Thalgaswattage

event planner, wedding planner

Thushari Thalgaswattage
London
+44(0)7963128498
glancesevents@gmail.com
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I'm based in London and I'm a fundraiser at charity which supports adults with learning disabilities.
I have been organizing various types of events for the past three years in my current role. Like Jazz evenings, Multicultural day, Discos, Race Nights, Quiz Nights, Sports & Games day, BBQ, Surprise Parties, Christmas Parties.
Experienced and goal-orientated professional with a track record in consistently meeting and exceeding established goals. Proven track record in fundraising/sales, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with clients and suppliers. Highly motivated, and can demonstrate the desire, ambition and ability to succeed in a fast-moving and challenging environment.

Academic History:
City Lit, London, Art and Design Foundation Course 05-2007
Textile, Fashion, Sculpture, Installation and Painting

University of Birmingham (UK) 01-2005
BA in Languages “Italian and Spanish”

Diploma di Maturità until 2000
Scuola Superiore Indirizzo Linguistico Don Bosco
Montecatini Terme, Italy

Employment History:

St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre:
Community Fundraiser-PR/ Event Organizer / Volunteers coordinator, London – 03/2010 - Present
St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, an agency of the Archdiocese of Westminster, led by a Director and its Management Committee, entrusted with the support of people with learning disabilities, their families and friends.
I am responsible for managing specific fundraising projects, initiating, building and fostering relationships with external bodies and recruiting new fundraisers participants and volunteers. Proven ability of working to meet annual income targets within a fundraising environment as well as the ability to produce marketing materials, managed multiple projects, combined with excellent communication, interpersonal and computer skills.

Tutor, London – 03/2010 – Present
I am planning, preparing and teach several courses for adults with learning disabilities and carry out the administrative tasks required in each programme area. I provide appropriate learner feedback and support and educational advice where necessary, in order to create an appropriate and welcoming atmosphere for the students.

Mc Queen: Internship, London 5/2010-7/2010 Twice a week
Gained more experience in the fashion industry. Managed studio stock supplies, help with garments alteration, filling and organization, clearing showrooms.
Excellent opportunity to have a feel and a practical experience with in a well-known company.

Visiongain Ltd: Sales Executive, London – 06/2009-12/2009
Independent business information provider for the telecoms, pharmaceutical and defence industries.
I was responsible for identifying new clients and working with established customers by creating an interest in the conferences/congresses that the company has to offer in the pharmaceutical and telecom sectors.

 Excellent proven track record in sales at a senior level, gained in a delegates- and sponsorship-led environment. Average of more than 100 calls a day with a call rate of 1.5/2 hours, targeting only senior management (Director, MD, CEO and COO).
 Worked in conjunction with the Event Team to organise conferences.
 Exceeded sales targets by 15%.

Marcus Evans Ltd: Senior Sales Executive, London – 06/2008-05/2009
Leading providers and promoters of business-to-business congresses, global summits, strategic conferences and professional training.
As a sales executive, I was responsible for identifying new clients and working with established customers by creating an interest in the congresses that the company offered in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. Furthermore, I was tasked with offering on-site support to my clients during the events, by identifying potential buyers and helping them to promote their products to a targeted audience.

 Developed excellent interpersonal, communication and telesales skills. Average of 80-100 calls per day, targeting only senior management (Director, MD, CEO and COO).
 Travelled internationally as required to deliver our events, and worked in conjunction with the Marketing and Event Team to satisfy our clients and maximise our sales.
 Exceeded sales targets by 25%. Initiated and closed my first deal during the training programme. Generated sales of circa €30,000 from new leads and circa €45,000 from existing clients.

H&M: Sales, London (High Street Kensington) – 04/2008-06/2008
Worked in the sales team, trying to maximise sales and meet targets. Took charge of the trend department, developing and improving customer service and awareness of the H&M brand.
 Developed experience in promoting and selling a premium brand.
 Extensive experience in a customer-facing environment.
 Adaptability to general day-to-day duties and administration.

Amy Ltd: Assistant Manager, London (Camden Town) – 08/2005-01/2008
Promoter and seller of Dead Sea Spa products; all beauty products are imported from Israel and distributed in the UK through local markets.
Main responsibilities were: to promote and sell the products; verify the inventory and organise the rota for the other employees; deal with customers; and translate and interpret for overseas clients such as Italians and Spaniards.
 Developed an impressive ability to handle intensive work loads and to deal with tight deadlines, as well as to prioritise tasks.
 Flexibility to work extended hours when necessary.
 Gained excellent B2B and B2C sales skills.

Thusitha Import & Export SNC: Event Coordinator / Assistant buyer (Temporary), Montecatini, Italy – 06/1997-01/2005
Imported high-quality jewellery manufactured in Asia to Italy and exported it to all over Europe.
Was responsible for the organisation of exhibitions, and dealing with customers and suppliers.
 Developed many technical skills and was able to make a positive contribution to the staff.
 Travelled around Europe to promote the products and visit retail customers.

Nila Agency: Choreographer Assistant (Stage), Milan, Italy – 07/2004
Dealt with fashion show-related firms such as Hugo Boss, Triumph and Wella. I organised part of the choreography, assisted in make-up and hair styling, and was responsible for public relationships. In addition, I organised a fashion show during my studies in Birmingham University. I am a highly creative person, an excellent eye make-up artist and an outstanding stylist.

NEC Group: Steward and Translator (Contract), Birmingham, UK – 02-2005
Was in charge of making clients feel welcome and worked as a translator between my employer, potential customers and business partners. Was employed by several companies such as: Tecnomeccanica Biellese, Cambuzzano (BI), 13891, Italy; Spit Italia, Milan, 20148, Italy; and Thusitha Import & Export, Montecatini Terme, 51016, Italy.

Further Information:

Skills and Interests:

Languages: English, Italian, Spanish and Sinhalese.

Services

Events & Wedding planning
Types of events:
Fundraising events
Weddings
Home coming
Fashion
Concerts i.e. Jazz Evenings
Birthdays
Baby Showers
House warming Parties
Going Away Parties
Holiday Parties i.e. Christmas/Easter
Sport & Games for families and kids i.e. It's a Knock out
Galas & themed parties
Corporate

Testimonials

Thanks once again for a great event, we really enjoyed. it was a great atmosphere. Keep the good work.

Mollie

Another great Success Thushari, the Jazz evening was fantastic, great music, great food decorations were amazing. Great job, looking forward to your next event Thanks

Peter & Paula

Thank you for your great work, it was a beautiful event, we had an amazing time, despite the weather you managed to make it perfect and everybody enjoyed it. Thank you so much for all your work

Libby