“Meet our Event Concepts Team.”
A multinational collection of world travellers, our team is now grounded in Southern Africa with a collective love of its beauty and its diversity. Combining our European sense of style & service with local spirit & culture, we create the ultimate in unforgettable event experiences for our discerning clients from across the globe.
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I arrived and fell in love with Southern Africa in the early 1990’s and have been exploring ever since. It’s a majestic part of the world with so much beauty and diversity, the perfect backdrop for our international clients’ private and corporate celebrations. My calling is to turn these into world-class events that truly stand out with each carrying their own unique signature.”
Richard HoltGroup CEO
Originally from the UK, Richard trained initially in the sports & leisure and hospitality industry before embarking on a 20 year career that has seen him establish, grow and manage several successful businesses.
A visionary leader and engaging people person he has gold medal when it comes to building relationships, running major events and “thinking outside the norm” to deliver customer excellence. With a focus on strategic and business development he leads the Concepts Collection team with a flair and infectious energy and is passionate about building effective teams that can co-create memorable customer experiences.
Richards love affair with Africa started in the 1990’s and he continuously travels Southern Africa and beyond in search of new locations and experiences to promote to the world. Rarely seen travelling without his golf clubs, he is also our resident South African wine expert, foodie and “go to man” on all things luxury.Contact Richard
I am devoted to making the world-class quality of South Africa’s services available to our clients from around the globe. I want them to embrace the opportunity of celebrating a memorable wedding, their corporate event, incentive or simply unforgettable African journey in one the world’s most beautiful locations – just as I did.”
Christina HoltFounder and Group MD
German born Christina is the Founder and Director of Event Concepts – responsible for creating some of the largest and most high profile African nuptials & exclusive events for a discerning international clientele.
Regarded as one of Africa’s leading luxury event experts Christina has lived and worked previously in the USA, UAE, UK and Germany and managed a multitude of international events before moving to Cape Town in 2004.
She started Wedding Concepts the same year, followed by sister companies Event Concepts & Travel Concepts that now form the luxury brand “The Concepts Collection”.
Respected as an industry innovator with a keen eye for international trends Christina intuitively understands and values different cultures and is hugely passionate about promoting true 5* service excellence and uniquely tailored, stylish celebrations with a strong focus on each individual client and an eagle eye for detail.
Christina avidly markets luxury South African destination event and is also a fierce brand ambassador for Southern Africa as a whole. She counts amongst the international event elite and is honoured to regularly be invited globally to share her experience as a speaker, MC and panellist with international wedding & event peers.
A real people person and passionate traveller at heart she loves exploring Africa and the world – camera in hand – and currently lives in Cape Town with her husband Richard & her two Ridgebacks Sam & Jesse. She enjoys good food & fine dining, loves stylish boutique hotels and reading autobiographies.Contact Christina
“I love that my work demands innovation, passion, energy and a dedicated understanding of detail and logistics. These reasons alone are what make us team leaders in this field and true innovators to stylish events and celebrations in South Africa.””
Kate DiazCreative Director - Events & Weddings
Kate is a rare gem: she is able to flawlessly balance exceptional people skills with exacting attention to detail. Having been an integral part of The Concepts Collection Team for 7 years, she has creatively designed celebrations and events for high-profile clients that include African Royalty, VIP’s, Nigerian celebrities, global Financial Institutions and clients originating from all corners of the globe.
With a management background in conferencing and banqueting in both South Africa and Europe, Kate truly is passionate about customer service and experience. Capetonian by choice, but raised in Johannesburg, and having recently married a Colombian-American, Kate brings an international and on-trend approach to her work.
Kate also serves as our in-house marketing specialist, bringing her strong creative skills to frequent fashion and creative shoots that have been featured internationally. As well as being our resident blogger she keeps her finger firmly on the pixellated pulse of social media and digital marketing.
Kate lives with her husband Julian, her loveable Rottweiler Pablo and two cats Bart & Betty. When she is not traveling between Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town for one of her designer wedding & event projects – she cooks up a storm at home and is our in-house wine guru and creative superstar.Contact Kate
Being part of the Event Concepts team is a dream come true. I am thrilled to play such a vital role in helping this established company soar to even greater heights.”
Megan KenneySenior Project Manager Events & Weddings
Megan is our friendly and stylish secret weapon. As one of our Senior Project Managers, Megan is always armed with a can-do attitude and is respected for her easy-going and efficient nature by her clients and industry partners.
She manages her own exclusive portfolio of celebrations and events that range from our flagship marquee events to smaller more intimate affairs – all whilst applying the same level of “eagle-eye” attention to detail & design skills.
Her forte is her proficiency & passion for event budget management, and to her clients, she becomes the ultimate and meticulous financial partner. Needless to say that her creative approach has also gained her acclaim and many of Megan’s designer celebrations have been featured locally and internationally.
With formal qualifications in both Event Management and Business Administration Megan spent several years living and travelling abroad before returning home to South Africa in 2008 to continue her career in the luxury hospitality industry. She brings with her great knowledge of working for premium brands and she is very much an integral part of the Concepts Collection family.
Megan lives in one of Cape Town’s trendiest suburbs with her longtime boyfriend and their two cats, Miley and Pixie and their dog, Larry. When Megan is not trying to find a reason to attend every clients’ cake tasting, she enjoys baking as much as leading a healthy lifestyle with a visit to the gym religiously every morning before work.Contact Megan
My time spent in America opened my eyes to all things larger than life, which sparked my love for travel and an appreciation for different cultures. I am very excited to be part of the exclusive Concepts Collection brand!”
Lauren WhitingAssistant Project Manager
Born and bred in Zimbabwe bubbly Lauren was brought up with a love for Africa and what this amazing continent has to offer. Armed with a diploma in Public Relations and Marketing she brings a strong creative streak to our team and is always immersed in digital and social media – staying on trend with all things “wedding & design”.
After working in the luxury hospitality industry in the USA Lauren made Cape Town her home – and intuitively understands the expectations of our discerning clientele from around the globe and the need for impeccable service standards.
As our Assistant Project Manager, Lauren heads up our intimate wedding & event portfolio – dedicated to the design and coordination of stylishly smaller celebrations.
For those who wish to simply elope as a couple or celebrate in style with an intimate group of family & friends – Lauren brings her keen eye for detail, design spark and coordination skill, turning each wedding into a highly personalised, bespoke occasion.
When Lauren is not working on one of her stylish weddings & events – she is the ultimate Domestic Goddess and spends her free time baking up a storm or testing out new mouthwatering recipes in the kitchen her husband built! The two love to spend their time with their dog Truffle, and at local antique shops & markets scouring unique & quirky additions to their newly renovated home.Contact Lauren
I am so excited to be a part of this dynamic team. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel and at the Concepts Collection, we make everyone feel special.”
Nicky de RockOffice Manager
Capetonian Nicky is our Office Manager, the friendly voice on the phone, our “meeter & greeter” and brand ambassador, who serves as the first point of contact for clients, suppliers and industry colleagues. With a successful career in front of house management with luxury hotels, she is a perfect fit.
Highly organised and efficient and armed with an Advanced Diploma in International Hotel Management, Nicky knows all about personalising the customer experience and delivering the highest standards of service, with a smile.
Her love for travel and different cultures has seen her hotel career take her to Europe and the USA, but the love for Cape Town was always going to bring her home – and we are glad it did.Contact Nicky
Her goal? To design truly bespoke journeys of excellence that sees our travelers returning to explore with us time and time again!”
Mandi Johnson-AlivertiMD - Travel Concepts
Mandi grew up consumed by wanderlust as both her parents were working in the industry. With no second thought Mandi went on to complete her studies in travel and marketing before jetting off to explore the world. Later, returning back to South Africa where she passionately worked in her families travel business for 12 years before joining the Travel Concepts team.
Tying the knot with her dashing Italian husband in the Cape Winelands, she really understands both the romance and level of detail involved in organising a dual nationality wedding. With two children of her own, traveling now has a different aspect. She has taken this as a golden opportunity to explore the many child-friendly luxury holiday destinations across the African continent.
Mandi loves sharing her glittery finds with anyone and everyone, making her extremely talented at what she does. She creates the perfect custom travel arrangements for conference groups, tour groups, incentives, special interest groups, family travel, honeymoons as well as individuals, always adding her own personal touches. Her goal? To design truly bespoke journeys of excellence that sees our travelers returning to explore with us time and time again!Contact Mandi
I am very excited about joining the dynamic close-nit team. Every day is exciting at our office – as I can literally travel “indoors” – all over the world in a day’s work!”
Ester SmitTravel Consultant
Ester is our travel specialist with a love for Africa and the great outdoors. With degrees in education, tourism management and photography – she is an all-rounder with a true love for nature and adventure travel.
Having worked in London and after traveling around Europe and across the African continent she found her calling in the world of travel & tourism back at home in South Africa. Customising safaris and multitasking to create hand-crafted travel experiences are her true passion.
When Ester is not planning exciting itineraries or dealing with clients from all over the world – she is will be found outdoors doing something active or spending time with family and friends (in the city or at her family’s wine farm) – enjoying a good glass of South African red wine.
Ester is the most recent addition to our ever growing team and she brings a great wealth of travel knowledge to our Concepts Collection family & clients.Contact Ester