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An individual who delivers creative client engagement and cost-effective production resulting in maximum ROI.

I’m Thomas Heiser, a freelance event manager helping organisations run intelligent, creative and results-focused events. With over 16 years’ experience I take the stress and long hours out of the event management equation, maximising the return on your investment and allowing you to focus on your core business activities.

Whatever type of event you want to run (or take part in), and whether you measure success in brand awareness, delegate learning or revenue, I deliver tangible return on investment.

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My clients share a common goal;
to create valuable, lasting connections.


There’s no second chance with live events, but choosing to use a freelance event manager needn’t be daunting. My clients know I deliver and use me year-on-year. The proof is in the pudding.

“…Thomas quickly assembled a delivery plan and executed with a relative light-touch direction from myself allowing me to concentrate on other priorities…a big success for the region…”
Sonny Masero, Director, Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2015

“…I take great pleasure in taking the credit but it is of course all his. I would recommend him highly….”

Matthew Cross, Head of Inward Investment, Invest Bristol and Bath
“Thomas is my first choice for Business Showcase. A one-stop powerhouse of calm, professional and thorough event management…”
Jamie Breese, Show Director, Business Showcase SW

Within days he became an invaluable part of the team – his depth of experience shone through when managing every detail of our plans, as well as when supporting stakeholders and presenters.

Caroline Tierney, Senior Communications Manager, TSB Bank plc
“Thomas was instrumental in the development of the Cloud World Series. Event management was always of the highest standard with a keen eye for detail and a commercial mind that helped us…”
Mark Johnston, Director, Keynote Media Ltd
“Thomas was a pleasure to work with, quickly interpreting the brief and delivering effective and detailed production solutions. Key to this was his wish to really get involved in understanding the client’s vision and ensuring this was delivered.”
Ben Hardy, Operations and Commercial Director, Bristol 2015 Ltd
“The Bristech 2015 conference was a successful event in no small part to the efforts of Thomas…His unflappable nature, willingness to go beyond the brief and attention to essential detail…”
Nicholas Hemley, Founder, Bristech
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Working with Focal Point provides several advantages over running an event yourself (labour intensive) or hiring an agency (expensive!). According to my clients the key benefits of hiring me as a freelance event manager include:

The best events are strategic and intelligent. A smooth running event means nothing if opportunities and goals are missed. I take the time to understand your business objectives and design events that deliver. Check out how I helped Bristol City Council get the most from their city leaders’ summit.
You only have one chance to get things right on the day, so don’t learn the hard way. With over a decade of experience, delivering events is second nature – ensuring things are done the right way first time. Organisations like Venturefest and Nesta put their faith in Focal Point.
Organisations run events for a reason – something I never loose sight of. I am trusted to generate tangible return on investment, whether you measure that in delegate numbers, sponsor income or social engagement. Have a look at how I helped the Cloud World Forum maximise their revenue.
Working with Focal Point is cost-effective. With extensive networks, accounts with major suppliers and minimal overheads working with Focal Point will free up your time and reduce the money you spend to develop and deliver on your event objectives. Clients, including TSB, are sure I more than cover my costs.
With Focal Point you speak directly to the freelance event manager working for you – me. I can even come and work from your office if that is easier. No more “lost in translation” setbacks.
Events are a lot of work but you probably only need support with specific tasks and for specific periods. Focal Point provide personalised support tailored to the specific needs of your project. I don’t believe in padding things out. See how I help the Business Showcase South West with their floor planning and operational delivery.
Health and Safety considerations are crucial, but needn’t limit your event. As an IOSH certified event manager I ensure your event is managed creatively but safely.

Latest News

  • VenturefestB+B17, delivered by freelance event manager, Thomas Heiser

Venturefest Bristol+Bath, 17 Oct, 2017

They say good things come in threes and Venturefest Bristol and Bath is no exception. For the third time in as many years, Focal Point has been chosen as the [...]

  • Freelance event manager Thomas Heiser facilitating delegates to programme their own conference

Letting audiences programme events

Only our audiences truly know what they want to engage with. With that in mind, for a 400 delegate conference back in February, I deliberately left a third of the [...]

  • Freelance event manager Thomas Heiser using Slido to programme event content

Designing an “Open Space”
with Sli.do

Event organisers are super organised. It almost goes without saying. So deciding not to plan a third of my recent conference programme was a massive break from the norm. "Why would [...]