The role is in addition to Mark Taylor’s position as head of events, and Battley will be heading up a team of around 28.
Taylor is currently focusing on special projects, including Olympics-related events for global and local clients
BI managing director Mike Davies said: "We are delighted to welcome David to BI. His experience and industry knowledge will be an asset to our events team at a time when we are experiencing new business wins and a return of confidence in the industry."
Battley has almost 30 years experience within the UK and European meetings industry.
He has worked with agencies including BCD and The Appointment Group, where he was managing director of Events By Appointment.
BI’s clients include Lexus, Chevrolet and BMW.