Martin Green, Head of Ceremonies for London 2012, visited first year Events Management students to speak about the challenges and triumphs of staging world class events.

The event comes as part of a series of guest lectures designed to aid students with their industry knowledge and development.

Student Emily Ratcliffe said: "I felt incredibly honoured to have Martin green as a guest speaker, which in itself shows the sort of opportunities that Leeds Met can provide for us. Martin is a very influential person and has some hugely inspiring anecdotes. I have learnt that it is vastly important to enjoy your work and have realised that almost anything is possible if you have the drive and commitment to make it a reality."

Martin, who is also going to be involved in next year's Grand Depart in Yorkshire said: "I took the students through the challenges and triumphs of staging the opening and closing ceremonies on the Olympic Games, for which I was Head of Ceremonies. I hoped to inspire them as first years embarking on their events career that everything really was possible and give them some pragmatic tools for success."

He continued: "As someone who started their career in teaching I have always endeavoured to accept invitations to lecture, in the hope that I may pass on what I have learnt through a very exciting career thus far. I have been to Leeds Met a few times now and always find the students engaged and energetic."

Speaking about the event, Emily said: "It has already started to benefit my course as I have felt a lot more drive to begin to seek out work experience and to attend events which will help me with my future career. It's great that our tutors are brimming with expertise and are more than willing to help with anything. The course has already provided us with the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh and look around some of the top venues and experience some of the evening events around the city ourselves. "We are currently planning our own large events for one of our modules which I am very much enjoying as it has provided us with a chance to sift out our strengths and weaknesses so we can work on ourselves as an Event Manager and let our creative juices flow."

Senior Lecturer Sharon McElhinney said: "From my point of view it is excellent for us to have such a high profile speaker for the students. Martin provided a really inspirational talk to students who are just starting out on the events career ladder and offered them an insight into where they could be with some hard work and passion for the industry. Industry speakers help the students to understand how their classroom teaching and activities will help them achieve their industry goals. Speakers have the ability to bring the case studies we use to life for students."

Martin Green is the first in a series of guest speakers who are visiting our University to talk to first year BA (Hons) Events Management students and which will also include Randle Stonier, CEO Adding Value, Sarah Longland, Senior Account Manager for Universal World Events and Paul Simcox, Volunteer & Charity Manager at Tough Mudder.