Hughes departs after decade at COI

COI director of live events Simon Hughes has left the organisation just weeks before its closure, C&IT can exclusively reveal.

Hughes departs COI
Hughes departs COI

Hughes, who has been at the COI for just over ten years and is a highly-regarded figure in the events industry, left at the end of February and is without a new job to go to, although he will continue in his role as vice-chairman of Eventia.

Of Hughes’ nine-strong staff at the COI, seven are understood to have found new jobs within the civil service, while the futures of the remaining two are uncertain.

The COI, one of the many public sector victims of the coalition government’s draconian spending cuts, officially closes its doors on 31 March.

Last month, C&IT reported that Hughes had criticised the Cabinet Office’s new procurement website, arguing it "deprives the government of event expertise and tailored support".

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