Meet the team

Your dedicated team of conference and exhibition organisers…


Cheri Arvonio

Event Manager

Cheri has to start each morning with coffee, coffee and more coffee before switching on for the day. Cheri’s career in events started back in 2000 when she worked on Oceanology with Versha – 17 years on, they’re still the dream team when it comes to event management! Cheri’s guilty pleasure is the Rocky films and as a child she would play her Eye of the Tiger vinyl over and over.

Versha Carter

Group Exhibition Director

Versha has been working in the industry since 1996 when she worked on Oceanology International, which at that time was held in the popular seaside town of Brighton. After taking a short break from the industry, Versha found a way back when she launched Ocean Business in 2006. After working with Caroline and Cheri ‘back in the Oceanology days’ they continue to work together on Ocean Business and Versha loves it that 17 years on they are still together! Versha states “The best part of the job is being a part of the amazing team that organises Ocean Business”.

Sophie Potten

Group Marketing Manager

Sophie is our marketing manager and can’t start the day before a nice cup of rosy lee. Sophie looks after all things marketing – branding, print, digital, PR – the lot and absolutely loves the variety of her role. After working as an account manager at marketing agencies Sophie joined the world of events at Diversified Communications UK in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since! Sophie’s guilty pleasure is watching EastEnders and when she’s not in the office you’ll find her entertaining her 2 beautiful girls.

Sheila Ramaiya

Sales Manager

Sheila’s love of events began when planning her wedding with over 600 guests! Since then, Sheila has worked on a range of corporate events and exhibitions including Offshore Europe and Oceanology until most recently joining the Ocean Business team in December 2016. When Sheila’s not working, she enjoys a drink and a dance, and has found herself out dancing with the likes of Janine from Eastenders!

Charlotte Brown

Marketing Executive

Charlotte joined the team in December 2016 as Marketing Executive. She loves that no day is the same in the office (except Oceanbuzz Tuesdays) and always kick starts a workday with a cuppa and music. Charlotte is mad for all things Disney – films, music, Disneyland – she loves it all, and as a total foodie she will no doubt be found eating out when not at work or planning her next trip abroad.

Danielle Orsi

Event Coordinator

The amazing smell of toast fills the office on the mornings that Danielle works as she can’t start the day without a slice or two. Danielle is a self-confessed over thinker and chocoholic and when not at work, can usually be found at the park feeding the ducks with her little girl or eating out with friends. Danielle has worked in the events industry for around 10 years and joined us 3 years ago to support with event operations.

Caroline Hobden

Event Director

Caroline is one of the original ‘three amigos’ in the Ocean Business team and has been working on the show since it launched in 2007 and before that on Oceanology. Caroline loves the buzz of being on site and when she’s not working, you’ll find her watching live sport, skiing or going to the gym – roughly translated as sitting in the jacuzzi in the gym.