Meet your hosts

Who would host your event on the day?

Ben Hood


Ben Hood is a writer, actor, and entertainment specialist with 15 years of performance and hospitality experience. He’s a deft comedic hand, embodying the role of Manuel in the Fawlty Towers Dining Experience, writing on touring west-end comedy show, The Wedding Reception, and spent eight years as an actor with Secret Cinema.
Ben recently jumped on board as Co-Director at The Immersive Playground, a London-based immersive performance company, and ensures a hosting experience with the vibrance and charm his remarkable resumé suggests.

Ciara Brennan


Ciara has 15 years’ experience as a trainer, workshop leader and events producer across the creative and events industries. Previous clients include Glastonbury, Green Man festival and Netflix. Her background in the performing arts means she is no stranger to public speaking. Her love of wine makes her a harmonious match for Chief Wine Officer.

I love seeing guests connect throughout the course of a CWO event, and I especially enjoy getting to work alongside wine experts.

Craig McCartney

EU | UK | US

Along with a voice that can carry through most social environments, Craig brings a touch of South African flair to the team. A technology enthusiast with over 15 years experience in marketing and technology, Craig has hosted hundreds of industry networking events. As Managing Director of Chief Nation, he works directly with our clients to help them facilitate new relationships with the C-suite.

After having attended so many CWO events, Craig has acquired a keen interest in wine and recently completed his WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. The only drawback is that he’s now a Champagne snob…

I love the end of an event. When people are grabbing their coats and they come to thank me, saying that this is the best networking event they've ever been to. That feels like we've done what we set out to do!

Darcie Thompson-Fields


With almost a decade of experience in technology marketing, Darcie is very at home MCing an event from the comfort of her desk or in the fantastic ambience of our dinner venues. Combining her love for great wine with her knowledge gained as Chief Nation’s Client Services Director, Darcie is the ideal host, who is always excited to ensure guests have an unforgettable evening, from start to finish.

It's great to see our guests be just as passionate about the fascinating business topics as they are about the incredible wine.

Jessica Harrison


Jessica Harrison grew up in France, but moved to London to start a career organising national concerts, events, and music festivals. She then switched to corporate B2B and investor events and managed logistics for top companies and their management teams.

Since joining Chief Nation as a French speaking Events and Marketing Manager, Jessica has been managing campaigns across the UK, US and Europe and has been hosting Chief Wine Officer events in her native France.

My favourite thing about CWO events is seeing people come together and create business relationships. I also love watching guests compete in our Chief Wine Officer competition, as it can get quite competitive!

Megan Powers


Megan Powers is an event marketer and podcaster who thrives on growing community, driving sales and nurturing brand recognition through events. Founded in 2013, her company Powers of Marketing is a boutique strategic event marketing and podcast production agency. She is passionate about face-to-face events and the opportunities that digital spaces give us to interact, learn, and generate revenue. Her podcast Making a Marketer has been going strong since 2017, covering all aspects of marketing, business, and branding.

My favorite thing about CWO events is the opportunity guests have for peer-to-peer interaction (the amazing wine is a close second!) because we learn most when we can talk through similar challenges in an environment that is open and inviting.

Rachana Bhide


Rachana Bhide is a broadcaster and organizational psychologist, formerly with Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg Live. As keynote and moderator, Rachana has appeared live with major outlets such as Fast Company, Women of Silicon Valley, ESPN, FOX Sports, the LA Chargers, and in conversation with G7 leaders at The Economic Club of New York.

Rachana also spent 14 years as a management consultant for Accenture, leading the change management consulting practice for the German-speaking countries (Austria, Switzerland, Germany). Rachana proudly brings a psychology-based approach to change and leadership development, blending creative metaphors and positive self-talk to leaders and organizations.

The best thing about CWO events is meeting our speakers and guests! Everyone shares ideas and enjoys the event together.

Richard Porter

EU | UK | US

Richard has worked for Chief Nation since its early days and has helped it grow from a few people renting spare desks in another company’s office, to the thriving agency it is now. Richard has performed most jobs in the agency but is now the Managing Director responsible for the company’s finances and operations.

Richard is a keen jogger and enjoys walks with his dog Cecil, watching box-sets and mixing electronic music of various genres. In better times, Richard enjoys going to see his favourite DJs perform in venues around the world, combining his love of music and travel.

It's great to meet people who are experts in their field, visit new cities and hear about the most exciting new technology.

Todd Jordan


Todd has worked in events for the best part of twenty years. Starting out organising music festivals and performances from some of the world’s most famous musical acts, he made the switch to tech in 2013. Since then Todd’s evenings are quieter than they used to be. But he still loves being in a room full of passionate, like-mind people; whether they be discussing cutting-edge tech or simply enjoying a delicious glass of wine.

The best parts of CWO events are the stories that you hear. When you meet new people and share a bottle of wine, you never know where the conversation will take you.

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