The UK Events Industry Board will be chaired by Nick de Bois, while Michael Hirst OBE, chair of the BVEP, has joined as deputy chair. Tracy Halliwell MBE, director of business tourism and major events - London and Partners and Simon Hughes, director of EVCOM and vice chair of the BVEP have also been appointed as board members.
The board’s key objectives will include: increasing effective cross-working across government departments; identifying international events to be held in the UK and supporting existing events.
In addition, the EIB will seek to consult and advise on what barriers may currently exist in bringing major business events to the UK.
Commenting on the official launch of the EIB, chair Nick de Bois said: "It’s been a long time coming, but I am delighted that the business events sector has the opportunity to work closely with government to help identify and drive new business for the sector and for Britain. I am grateful to the new board members who have so willingly given up their valuable time to support this exciting opportunity. Now the work begins."
The EIB will be joined by a number of senior officials and representatives from government departments, including the Department of Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and UK Trade & Industry (UKTI).
Full list of members:
Nick de Bois: chair
Michael Hirst OBE: deputy chair and chair of the BVEP
Mike Rusbridge: former chair of Reed Exhibitions - attending in a personal capacity
Simon Gidman: head of business visits and events - Visit England
Joss Croft: marketing director - Visit Britain
Paul Bush OBE: director of events - Visit Scotland
Manon Antoniazzi: chief executive officer Tourism and Marketing for Wales
Naomi Waite: director of marketing - Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Tracy Halliwell MBE: director of business tourism and major events - London and Partners
Chris Skeith: chief executive of AEO and Vice Chair BVEP
Simon Hughes: director of EVCOM and Vice Chair BVEP
Martin Lewis: founder of Intellectual Capitals and managing editor of CAT Publications
Ufi Ibrahim: CEO of British Hospitality Association
Will Whitehorn: chair of the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre
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