Techniquest appoints new manager to lead its event services

Cardiff Bay-based science discovery centre Techniquest has appointed a new conference development manager in a bid to spearhead its brand new event services.

Gareth McTiffin has joined the science discovery centre as it tries to find new ways of boosting its funding streams. In May, the organisation launched its own events department.

Originally from Pontypridd, McTiffin brings a wealth of experience to the organisation. He’s worked for the likes of Merlin Entertainments and Pinewood Studios, overseeing a diverse range of venues and attractions including the London Eye and Thorpe Park.

In his role at the company, he’ll be responsible for planning, marketing and managing the events offering. Techniquest offers waterfront meeting and conference facilities, as well as its exhibition hall, planetarium and science theatre for venue hire.

For the first time ever, Techniquest is planning to host a plethora of Christmas parties for corporate organisations that are looking for a unique, technology-oriented environment.

Home to 120 hands-on STEM exhibits, the centre has already held a team building day for the Cardiff Blues, and hosted its own 30th celebration last year where Virgin Galactic’s commercial director Stephen Attenborough was a guest speaker.

Speaking of his new role, Gareth said: “I’m thrilled to join the team at Techniquest, as it has a truly unique offering for event bookers in Cardiff and the surrounding areas.

“Its architecturally acclaimed building is a perfect venue for many occasions — from corporate events, meetings and award dinners to wedding receptions, birthday celebrations and anniversary dinners.

He added: “Being part of the story as Techniquest grows its events offering, was a huge draw for me. It also played a huge part of my childhood, and seemed like the perfect next step in my career.

“Having delivered corporate, private and ticketed events I’ve had to overcome many challenges that come with working within unique venues so I feel my experience is well placed to help Techniquest going forward.”

Lesley Kirkpatrick, CEO of Techniquest, said: “Our new events offering has generated a lot of interest since launching in May, and recruiting the right Conference and Events Development Manager was pivotal to our success going forward.

“As soon as we met Gareth, his experience really set him apart and made him the ideal candidate. We’re looking forward to working alongside him during this exciting new chapter for Techniquest.”