Meet Neil Pickford, Client Relations

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Our Client Director

Neil Pickford

Joined The Ortus Club on the 6th of January, 2020

In 2020, Neil joined the Sales Department at The Ortus Club. His quick wit and calm nature helped him to fit in quickly with the team in the Philippines. Since then, Neil has been an advocate for knowledge-sharing and has been developing his role as a Client Director by helping to host executive roundtables across the globe. 

How did you end up in your current role?

I joined The Ortus Club around 6 months after I arrived in the Philippines from Australia. I fell in love with the country, and soon after arriving, I met Sam, one of the company’s co-founders. I was really impressed with The Ortus Club, especially when I heard about the level of events they were responsible for organising.

I joined the team in January 2020, just before the world turned upside down, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend one of the last in-person knowledge-sharing dinners we hosted pre-pandemic in Sydney. When I started out, I was in a sales support role, which was a fantastic way to learn about The Ortus Club’s executive events and our wonderful clients. Now, I am a Client Director and work closely with our clients to engage with their target audience.

 

What does a typical day at The Ortus Club look like?

My typical day usually starts with me trying to get online earlier than the rest so I can get a quiet hour of planning or managing emails before things get busy at 9 am.

Then it’s a mix of managing upcoming projects with our Guesting Directors and meetings with existing clients or potential clients to discuss new and current knowledge-sharing opportunities.

 

What’s one achievement you are particularly proud of?

One of my proudest achievements was hosting and participating in The Ortus Club’s executive client event in Singapore. With this event, we provided a table for marketing leaders to strengthen industry relationships and drive conversations that shape the future of event marketing. As an events marketing company, it was our chance to “give back” to the very people who put their trust in us.

I must admit that putting together our own event can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking! But seeing it all come together—from the dynamic thought leaders to the energetic networking sessions—made all the hard work worth it. Looking out at the engaged crowd hanging on every word during the discussion, I felt an immense sense of pride in our talented Ortus team’s ability to transform vision into reality. It’s achievements like these that motivate me every day to push the boundaries of what’s possible in event marketing.

 

What do you find most challenging about your role at The Ortus Club?

Events are stressful! We want to put together the best events where we can create fanatic bespoke environments where everyone involved gains a lot of value through networking and knowledge sharing. You are dealing with so many critical parts that create one amazing experience so making sure quality is present in all areas and your benefiting everyone is challenging. However, there is nothing more satisfying than when everyone leaves an event with smiles on their faces, not fully understanding the work that went into it by so many people!

 

What is your Ortus superpower?

I think being able to reset my stress levels quite quickly. Honestly, I think it’s because of the amount of plants I have! When working from home, you can spend a lot of time in front of your screen, which has been especially true over the past year due to the lockdown. In my spare time, I like to grow my own salads and collect plants from the places I visit, so when I feel I need to take a break, I do some gardening or seed some salad trays, and that does the job. It is a very addictive and calming hobby.

 

When you’re searching for new clients, what factors are deal-breakers for you?

I love connecting with people who are really passionate about the topics they want to discuss during their knowledge-sharing event. When there is excitement from the client, you know that the event we create around it will be full of life.

 

What’s one thing you are excited about, thinking about the future of Ortus?

I’m excited about lots of things in Ortus. I think continuing to expand the event formats we offer to our network is something that is going to add a lot of value both to our guests and clients. Alongside this, I would love to run more events in lesser-loved cities. Often, big business hubs get all the attention however, there are a lot of opportunities in ‘second-tier’ cities for great communities and conversations to be built.

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

A secret talent that no one knows about is that I was a bit of a childhood star. I starred as Macbeth in “Macbeth” at my prep school.

 

How would you describe Ortus in three words?

Agile, Ambitious and Extravagant. Agile because we have had to constantly adapt and change. For example, we had to quickly adapt our events during the pandemic in order to continue meeting our clients’ needs. Ambitious because we are a young team of very driven individuals. We are growing fast and working with some of the best companies in the world, so everyone has a great buzz about them. Extravagant because it’s great to work with a variety of cultures and people. Filipinos are truly the most friendly, open and extravagant people I have ever met.

“Ambitious because we are a young team of very driven individuals. We are growing fast and working with some of the best companies in the world, so everyone has a great buzz about them.”


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