‘Being backstage is where I am most happy’

Events guru Bonnie May is gearing her expertise to a more local audience following the launch of a new venture. In the second part of this series we check out Bonnie May Events

For more than 25 years Bonnie May and her team have fed many of the biggest names in show business and catered major functions around the world including Royal weddings and Olympic Games.

The internationally renowned events guru has now officially launched her latest enterprise, Bonnie May Events, which gives clients direct access to her extensive knowledge and creative expertise.

Bonnie May Events is a celebrations specialist - which focuses on creating world class weddings, parties and corporate events. Functions will be planned by Bonnie and her dedicated team, who have a wealth of invaluable experience garnered from providing years of catering and logistics support to showbiz superstars, rock stars and global events.

Speaking at the official launch of Bonnie May Events at The Berkeley Gallery in Berkhamsted last night, Bonnie told guests: “Being backstage is where I am most happy, being onstage is completely out of my comfort zone. I guess it is fair to say that this ‘seen and not heard’ approach to delivering events over the last 26 years has served me well, I have pretty much successfully managed to cover almost every corner of the globe without having to shout about it too much.”

Her ‘seen and not heard’ discretionary approach is one of her unique selling points. Bonnie has worked in fantastic locations including Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street and for numerous famous people including throwing birthday parties for Nelson Mandela and Victoria Wood, touring with the late Frank Sinatra and providing Christmas dinner to Brian May.

She added: “You are probably thinking that if there is all this great business out there, in what is very often perceived to be a pretty glamorous and exciting environment, why have I decided to now focus my attention on an audience a little closer to home?

“Life out on the road is great; big and very exciting projects that take you away for weeks on end are good for the ego, and often for the bank account – but two and a half decades of planning and often partying on an international platform can take a bit if a toll, and the very thought of not lugging that suitcase around so often is very appealing.

“So, being in the very fortunate position that I am, and with a wealth of creative and event know-how, the next phase of my career has not been as tricky as I thought to plan – transferring what I have done on a global platform to something a little more local. It’s exactly the move I wanted, and with a little help from a few local – now – friends, Bonnie May Events was born.”

Her new venture is geared at offering her unique expertise to a more local audience although she will continue in her role as Global Operations Director of award-winning Chesham-based Global Infusion Group (GIG) which provides specialist backstage catering and logistics services to the music, entertainment, film and TV industries and corporate functions.

Bonnie started out on the road at just 19-years-old heading up catering teams on tour with top bands and performers. For the next decade she developed her organisational capabilities and culinary creativity, touring with many of the biggest names in the music industry including Elton John, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Eagles.

Utilising skills honed from over 100 international tours, she joined GIG’s senior executive team where she is responsible for a vast portfolio of world-wide functions – ranging from Royal weddings, government summits and lavish parties to major sporting occasions.

Said Bonnie: “I’ve met and worked with incredible people over the years which has provided me with marvellous opportunities to develop my creative skills. Importantly, I’ve listened as they talked about their visions and have then turned those dreams into reality. Through the launch of Bonnie May Events my team and I will be able to share this knowledge with people and businesses, helping them to create sensational and memorable bespoke events – no matter what the occasion.”