Events Industry Board appoints two new members and launches working groups

Jennifer Jenkins, CEO of EVCOM and events consultant Sarah Wright are the newest members of the Events Industry Board.

Jennifer Jenkins and Sarah Wright
Jennifer Jenkins and Sarah Wright

The Events Industry Board has appointed two new members, Jennifer Jenkins and Sarah Wright.

Jenkins was appointed CEO at EVCOM in June 2017 after 15 years as managing director of global communications agency MCI Group.  She is also the chair of events industry charity Meeting Needs, raising funds for worthy causes linked to the events industry.

After working across the financial, pharmaceutical, telecoms, professional service, government and FMCG sectors in a corporate and agency capacity for 20 years, Wright now runs her own consultancy. She set up the Apprenticeship Programme in 2012 and is the Director for Employer Engagement on the Event Apprenticeship Programme Board.

Events Industry Board chair, Nick de Bois, welcomed the appointments saying: "It’s really important that our board membership has the strongest representation from our industry and I’m delighted that Jennifer and Sarah will bring such a wealth of experience and talent to our discussion and debate."

Jenkins said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the board. Having attended my first meeting, I am convinced of the very real intention to drive the growth of the UK event industry and attract more inbound business to the UK."

Working groups

The Events Industry Board is also encouraging members of the events industry to get involved with its new working groups.

The groups – which will continue detailed work on the priority issues affecting the industry – will be led by members of the Events Industry Board with contributors drawn from across the sector.

Confirmed topics to be addressed by the initial two working groups are:

Infrastructure: Understanding venue capacity, occupancy, regional spread, connectivity and transport across the whole of the UK as an essential part of targeting new international business and growing existing events.

Talent, skills and human resources: Building on work  already carried out by the hospitality and creative industries, the group will consider current skills gaps and the future skills and resources required in a post-Brexit environment.

A future Working Group covering industrial strategy will also be included when and if a tourism sector deal is agreed by the government as part of its Brexit considerations.

Wright will be leading a group that will consider current skills gaps and the future skills and resources required for the events industry. The Working Group is keen to hear the views of industry representatives on these subjects. Contact eib@sarahwrightconsulting.com to get involved.

 

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