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I have learned a lot working alongside Lee...

I had the pleasure to report to Lee Forde for 3 years at the Qatar National Convention Centre. I reported to him when he originally was the AV & Production Manager of the Convention Centre and then Head of Operations. His promotion shows how dedicated to work he is. Lee Forde is a sensitive Manager, he cares about each and every individual, demonstrates empathy and knows how important the human factor is within a technical department. I have learned a lot working alongside Lee, he has a unique background made of each and every sector of our industry (venue, agency, supplier, public and private sides) which provides him the capability of appreciating an react to any situation. I look forward to working again with Lee in the near future. April 3, 2014, Mathieu Régnier reported to Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre.

Mathieu Regnier - International Events at VIDELIO Events

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"Lee is a good manager long term plan and patient he is the one for the difficult situation. January 12, 2014, nour was a consultant or contractor to Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar."

Nourassafiri - CEO at Martin Professional Middle East

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Passionate!

Passionate about protecting global brand reputations through product recall, customer and employee engagement.

Lisa McKenzie

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Professional and fair

I worked closely with Lee as a key supplier for twelve months on the roll out of the Convention Centre Dublin, during this time I found him to be professional and fair in all his dealings with me and the company. I enjoyed working with Lee and would have no hesitation in doing so again in the future. January 4, 2012, Graham worked directly with Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar

Graham Lowen - Director at Eurotek Ireland Ltd

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Totally professional, creative and immediately understands

I had the enormous pleasure of working with Lee when were were both promoting LIverpool Vision and Liverpool City Council. He is totally professional, creative and immediately understands what is required to meet the most challenging brief. I was blessed to work with him and only hope that one day we will have the chance to work together again. December 28, 2011, Julie worked directly with Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar

Julie Whyman - PhD Research Student - University of York

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Extremely efficient and dedicated

I first met Lee during his time at Liverpool City Council during the Capital year of Culture in 2008 and continued our working relationship when he moved to the Convention Centre, Dublin. Throughout this time I found Lee to be extremely efficient and dedicated. His openness and personable nature made it a real pleasure to work with him December 23, 2011, Jane was a consultant or contractor to Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar.

Jane Russen - Star Events Ltd

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Entertainment technical expertise

I first met Lee when he was helping to organise Liverpool’s European Year of Culture, which was a mammoth undertaking to ensure that Liverpool gained the most from the City of Culture year. Subsequently, Lee applied for and was appointed as the Head of Technical at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), a €350 million development on the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin. I worked closely with Lee on procuring the AV equipment for the centre, which in itself was a major task. At the same time, Lee was responsible for building a technical team so that when the centre opened in 2010, it was fully functional to a very high standard. This he achieved and the CCD has operated very successfully for the last year. Lee’s move to QNCC has brought a great deal of conference and entertainment technical expertise to the new centre. December 22, 2011, Eric worked directly with Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar.

Eric Rymer - Director at The Right Solution

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Passion for technology and attention to detail

I really enjoy working with Lee because of his passion for technology and attention to detail. He is receptive to really pushing for the best for his audiences and carries it with a very positive outlook. For example, when working together on a touch table project he played a significant role in developing the project to the point that it could achieve the success that it has achieved. Lee is someone who clearly enjoys his work and the challenges of working with technology. December 22, 2011, Andrew worked directly with Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar

Andrew Newman - Experience Creative Director / Consultant

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Extremely professional, experienced and a great team player

I worked with Lee on several large scale global events at Grass Roots and it has always been a pleasure to work with him. He is extremely professional, experienced and a great team player. He very quickly gains the trust and respect of both clients and colleagues and delivers flawless events exceeding expectations every time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lee. March 26, 2012, Amanda worked directly with Leon at Grassroots Group

Amanda Johnston - Director of Live Events. Grassroots Group

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Great technical experience

Lee’s ability directing people and creating team by his great technical experience. November 22, 2013, Luca reported to Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar.

Luca Tosi - Production Manager

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knowledgeable entertainment lighting expert

Lee Forde in his role as Head of Technical Production Department at The Convention Centre Dublin was very responsive and gained a quick and detailed understanding of his customer requirements which in this business can vary greatly from day to day. He obtains a comprehensive knowledge of his customers and their projects prior to commencement. He is one of the most knowledgeable entertainment lighting experts that I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Furthermore Lee is one of the rare managers who actually cares for his team. Lee has always stood by his team, encouraged them to work hard and given them solid advice. There are very few managers who are technical enough to talk shop with techs but skilled enough to manage relationships with senior executives. I would highly recommend Lee to anyone who’s looking to either hire a strong leader, or work for, as a strong manager. January 10, 2012, Laurence was with another company when working with Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar.

Laurence Conroy - Information Security Consultant

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Experienced and competent manager

My observation of Lee is that he is a very experienced and competent manager of production elements for events and the entertainment industry in general. I have no hessitation in endorsing Lee Ford whom I hold in high regard from both a character and technical perspective. Paul Rowlands NEC Group Arenas Rigging Development Manager January 3, 2012, Paul worked directly with Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar

Paul Rowlands - Rigging Manager at NEC Group

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Organised and diligent

I have worked with Lee from a pre-opening stage at QNCC (Qatar National Convention Centre) I was initially impressed with Lee’s broad range of knowledge and his ability to multitask high volume events, committed to ensuring technical challenges were overcome whilst liaison with contractors and consultants during the handover period of the QNCC building. Lee is organised and diligent, with the ability to successfully execute all AV technical requirements for large scale live event production and in house event design, including the acknowledged management of the World Petroleum Congress (WPC) Henry the lll theatre production, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Forum (UNAOC) and many more prestigious events. At the same time Lee has be accountable for the successful recruitment of the AV production / technical team along with the procurement of all technical equipment required for operational processes. Lee is a hardworking, knowledgeable departmental Head managing successful technical areas for conferences and exhibitions holding capacities of up to 10,000pax and has my highest recommendation. December 26, 2011, Vicky worked directly with Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar.

Vicky Maclean

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Lee gets the best out of his team

Just finished working at Qatar Convention Centre, were I worked with Lee Forde, I would recommend Lee to anyone, I found him to be a fantastic boss with great management skills, he always gets the best out of his team, and in turn provides a great event for any client, I loved working for him and would do so again at the drop of a hat!!! Phil Murphy December 22, 2011, Phil reported to Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar.

Phil Murphy - Production & Stage Management

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Calm and collected under fire

I worked with Lee when he was head of events in Liverpool. He was highly efficient and worked hard to give us all the information, contacts, equipment and support needed to make the event go well even with the ridiculously short time scale required. Calm and collected under fire and a pleasure to work for. December 22, 2011, Ross was a consultant or contractor to Leon at Qatar National Convention Centre – Doha Qatar.

Ross Ashton - Creative Director at The Projection Studio

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Accomplished leader and professional

As a key member of the pre-opening and post-opening team for the award-winning Convention Centre Dublin (www.theccd.ie), Lee was successfully responsible for technical specification, tendering and the recruitment and training of an excellent team. Lee sets high standards, is an accomplished leader and professional. January 29, 2012, Dermod managed Leon indirectly at The Convention Centre Dublin

Dermod Dwyer - Head of Production. The Convention Centre Dublin

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Committed and conscientious events expert

Lee is a committed and conscientious events expert who will always make good things happen and get around the most insurmountable obstacles. Determined, completely trustworthy – and a good guy. September 23, 2009, Matthew managed Leon indirectly at The Liverpool Culture Company

Matthew Finnegan - The Liverpool Culture Company

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