Meet the Team

Our dedicated team has years of experience…

…with helping couples organise their perfect day, putting your mind at ease as we take care of the finer details but also working closely with you to ensure it is exactly what you had in mind.

We will be in contact with you throughout the planning process, ensuring your ideas can come to life. Each member is committed to giving you the best customer service and offering the best advice where we can.

We understand this is one of the most important days of your life. With your ideas and our knowledge we are confident that you will be happy with your big day.

Kirsten Burley
Events Manager – Weddings

Kirsten has been in the Wedding industry for a number of years now and it stemmed from an award winning career in Hotel Hospitality. She not only coordinated weddings for happy couples, but she would often inadvertently try her hand at dressing tables, preparing food, serving drinks, fixing broken dresses and shedding a few tears at many ceremonies along the way.

She then explored the legislative side of weddings and became a Registrar, conducting an array of fascinating ceremonies across some remarkable places in Cambridgeshire.

More recently she has joined The Colchester Events Company to put her invaluable experience into practice with an already well established team across some truly beautiful venues in Colchester, offering couples some very exciting opportunities and exclusives for their Big Day.

“I just love love. I’m a sucker for romance so it was only natural that my career fell onto this pathway. My favourite part of a wedding is when the groom/bride looks back down the aisle and sees their partner for the first time. It’s so special and priceless and I’m blessed to be able to see that as often as I do.”

Sheldon Coulthrust
Wedding and Events Coordinator

Our most experienced member of the team, Sheldon has a decade’s worth of experience planning weddings and events with six of those years supervising the Events Team.

He is born and bred in Colchester and is guaranteed to always bump into someone he knows when he steps outside our venues!

He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the history of the town, as well as our iconic buildings which are all rich with civic atmosphere.

Colchester remains a very special place to Sheldon. If you experience a viewing at one of our venues with Sheldon, you’ll soon witness how extremely personable he is and why people naturally warm to him. You’d have absolutely no idea he’s fuelled with just two hours sleep after a marathon Xbox session the night prior! (and this doesn’t happen too often, honestly!)

“One of the highlights of my job is the privilege of showing customers the beautiful rooms in the Town Hall; it’s a pleasure to see the look of delight when a customer views our rooms for the first time.”

Sam Satterly
Events Administrator

Sam joined the Events Team over five years ago and is one of our most experienced members of staff at The Colchester Events Company. Her knowledge of the industry is priceless and her natural ability to build relationships with our customers enables us to ensure that their special day is exactly how they imagined it.

Her background in administration over many years has honed her attention to detail and developed her passion for perfection, to the extent that if one of the team writes with a blue ink pen instead of black, boy don’t they know about it!

Sam offers a personal touch from your initial venue show round, right through to the attendance on your Big Day. She is always on hand throughout the coordination of your wedding, so much so that she receives the most wedding invitations out of the whole team, which they are extremely envious of!

“I am extremely  privileged to work in such beautiful buildings and never tire of showing off our unique function rooms. I am more than happy to offer any assistance where possible in planning our couples special day.”

Megan Ruff
Events Apprentice


Megan is the newest member of the Events Team and joined as an apprentice last year. She started her apprenticeship in the weddings department and progressed to work across all areas of Colchester Events Company, including outdoor events and Charter Hall. Megan does have a keen interest and soft spot for the wedding side of the business, and has successfully developed Open Days and Weddings Fairs for the department as part of her placement.

“Being a part of a couple’s big day is very special to me, and the fact that all of our weddings take place in such beautiful and historical buildings is the icing on the (wedding!) cake.”