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My story

I’m Susan Duncombe, founder of Secret Spaces.

I’m a lover of the finer things in life – travel, amazing places, good food and great wine. I also love creating, planning and organising. I’ve spent much of my career designing and running successful events, both for major organisations and while running my own event management company, creating and delivering fabulous foodie experiences.

In fact, I’ve been lucky enough to have a career made up almost entirely of highlights. Like working at American Express, where I established exclusive membership programmes, organised cardmember events such as elite tasting dinners and film premiere parties, and looked after clients such as Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay. Or the five years I spent living my dream of running an events business in Barbados – combining my passion for food with my love of the island. It was here that I organised an annual 10-day food festival that turned the spotlight on the wealth of great restaurants and local food, while featuring visiting chefs such as John Torode and Brian Turner.

I’ve also been fortunate to help bring to life many private celebrations – weddings, milestone birthdays and group retreats. These special celebrations mean so much to the host and their guests, and – done well – lead to a lifetime of happy memories.

I set up Secret Spaces to share my experience and love of creating events that go beyond the norm. Curious to discover how we can help you? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

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