Name: Anna Chippendale, events manager with Allerdale Borough Council.

Age: 39.

Where are you from? Carlisle.

Where do you live now? After moving away at 18 to go to university in Durham followed by Manchester then Belfast, I moved back to Carlisle in 2010.

Where do you work? Workington.

How long have you done this job? Seven months.

Take us through a typical day: There really is no such thing as a typical day in events. Some can take many months to plan and a lot of that time is spent working with partners.

Outdoor events particularly rely on a lot of different people to make them happen from bands and performers to toilet hire and generator companies. There’s also a lot of paperwork including event management plans, risk assessments and site plans so you have to keep up to date with legislation.

Budgeting, marketing and creative design are also key parts of the planning process and it’s also crucial to have a good understanding of licensing and health and safety law and best practice.

When on site for an event, there are often lots of different people to manage, particularly when building the event.

Your day can start very early and there can be many things happening at once. Organisation is key and giving clear instructions and having a team you can trust when you can’t be in five places at once.

What do you like most about the job? I absolutely love that no two days are the same and that I get to meet so many different people. Since working at Allerdale, I have met some truly amazing people who are doing some brilliant and inspiring things.

I have worked in events for a long time and no other job has allowed me to be involved in such a broad spectrum of projects.

What do you like least? The fact that the weather can ruin an event that has taken months to plan!

Why did you want to do this job? From my years of experience, I have seen first-hand how events can really improve the localities in which they’re held.

Humans have gathered together for thousands of years for cultural celebrations and current events are very much part of the evolution of that.

They bring communities together as a place for communal creativity; they might inspire people to take up a new hobby or sport.

They enrich the arts and culture offering which is increasingly being considered vital to the wellbeing of our communities.

When we see an increase in people from thriving local communities, busy high streets and through tourism, we also see an influx of new businesses.

This creates jobs and in turn enriches the local area, all of which can be aided by a strong portfolio of events and that’s what I’m really passionate about bringing to my role at Allerdale.

What jobs have you done previously? A lot of my early jobs were in the music industry, either booking bands for

venues or working in tour management.

I have also run comedy gigs, had my own events company.

Prior to my job with Allerdale, I was the event manager of Blissfields music festival in Hampshire for eight years as well as event manager at CN Events.

What qualifications or experience do you need? I have a qualification in music industry management from Durham and performance, festivals and events management from the University of Cumbria but experience working in events is just as useful.

I also have NEBOSH and IOSH health and safety qualifications and an event safety qualification.

Any qualification in health and safety would definitely benefit you in this industry.

What is a typical salary for this job? It completely depends on what kind of events you run.

If you want to work in music festivals – do it if for the love because you’ll never be a millionaire.

That piece of advice came from the finance director of one of the best-known festivals in the world!

Any advice for people wanting to get into your profession? Volunteer at as many events as you can.

Making connections with people in the industry is key to getting future job opportunities.

It will also let you experience what it’s really like running events so you can get a feel for it before you commit.

It can be very stressful with long hours and not always as glamorous as it looks!

If you can handle that, it really is a fantastic career choice and I am incredibly lucky that I get to do a job that I love.