Announcement: Steve Smith joins Collingwood Advisory as Practice Lead, Events

August 7th, 2023 – London, UK

Collingwood Advisory, specialist scaleup and corporate finance adviser to the media industry, has appointed Steve Smith as Practice Lead, Events, further strengthening its team of successful entrepreneurs and strategic advisers.

Collingwood is developing leadership roles to accelerate the growth of three distinct practices in the Scaleup arm of the business; Business Information, Conferences and Tradeshows (Events) and Digital Media.

The Practice Lead, Events, role will accelerate Collingwood Advisory’s global conference and tradeshow market share with a primary focus on the US and UK.

Steve Smith will lead Collingwood’s drive to establish best in class IP and products, develop and retain a global talent pool and enable the business to accelerate growth and create greater value for clients.

Former COO of Informa Markets, Steve was integral in implementing critical changes within the business that made a profoundly positive impact, such as the merger of UBM/Informa. He has almost 20 years of experience in a range of leadership roles, building and managing high-performing, cross-cultural teams across 3 continents.

Fergus Gergory, Managing Director, Scaleup Advisory at Collingwood Advisory, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Steve to the Collingwood team, a proven leader with world-class events credentials and entrepreneurial zeal. Steve will add significant value to our events focussed clients and team, playing a pivotal role in achieving Collingwood’s mission to help entrepreneurs achieve more than they thought possible.”

Steve Smith said, “I’m excited to get started on my new role at Collingwood. The company has ambitious but realistic growth plans, so there is a huge opportunity to create an impact. What excites me most is the chance to work with so many innovative independent events businesses, and use my experience to help them achieve their growth ambitions and more.”

About Collingwood Advisory

Collingwood Advisory works with media entrepreneurs to create value. Our highly experienced team has centuries of experience in publishing, events and subscriptions, with backgrounds in leadership, strategy, M&A, marketing, sales and product development. We provide scaleup, business strategy and corporate finance advice. 


Jessica Bradley
Marketing Manager
Collingwood Advisory