orimer back in the business

International Confex former event director Paula Lorimer has been appointed sales director for Manchester Central. The newly created position will see Lorimer, whose 18 years of experience in the events industry includes running International Confex, play a lead strategic role in boosting the exhibition and conference venue’s standing on the international meetings circuit. Lorimer said her targets at Manchester Central, formerly known as G-MEX/MICC, were being finalised but her job would involve attracting events that had a positive economic impact on Manchester. "My other remit is to ensure that when a client holds a conference or exhibition at Manchester Central, they have the very best experience," she said. Manchester Central chief executive Lesley Tomlinson confirmed the sales director post was new. "As Manchester Central expands its product offer and profile, the management team is being strengthened and expanded too," she explained. The appointment signals a career return for Lorimer, who has taken time out to focus on her family. She previously worked on a freelance basis as group exhibitions director for IIR Exhibitions. Lorimer will start her full-time job on 1 March, when she has relocated to Manchester. However, she took on her new duties in late January, working both from her home in Sussex and commuting to Manchester.

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