Rick Stainton

Founder & Group Executive Director | Smyle

Rick, 46, oversees the growth strategy of Smyle Group, a 100 strong team based in London. It owns leading creative agency Smyle, that delivers live and video projects for some of the top global brands in a range of sectors including IT, Telco and Media. It has won the UK Event Agency of the Year award a record 6 times in last 12 years – in2008, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018 & 2019.

Smyle has also been recognised as the fastest growing leading agency in the UK Events industry through its entry in The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 in December 2018 and The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 in February 2019.

Also, as the founder of The Global Sustainable Events Summit, its new format came from Rick’s belief in engaging with the full spectrum of the events and live communication industries for improved sustainable best practice, as well as building on Smyle’s ISO 20121 certification.