Sir Ian Magee joins the Live Group

Event management company the Live Group has recruited former permanent secretary at the Department for Constitutional Affairs and head of operational delivery for the Civil Service, Sir Ian Magee, to the position of non-executive director. Sir Ian took up the post, which involves advising the company about government and its conference and communications needs, on 1 January. He replaces former Cabinet Office communications director Barry Sutlieff, who left the position around a year ago. The Live Group chairman Jonathan Lewis said Sir Ian would play a key role in enhancing the company’s provision of conference and communications services to the Government. “About 70% of the company’s turnover is invested in the public sector and central government,” said Lewis. “Sir Ian has an extraordinary understanding of how government works and that gives us a real edge. His remit is to advise us what government wants.” Sir Ian will also chair a private panel of senior civil servants who will help develop a five-year conference innovation project the company is undertaking. “We are establishing a panel of customers, chaired by Sir Ian, who will tell us exactly what they want in the innovation,” said Lewis. Sir Ian added: “I am delighted to be working with one of the Government’s leading event agencies and I am particularly excited about the prospect of engaging closely with government colleagues on the group’s latest strategic development.” The Live Group organises more than 500 conferences, launches, special events, roadshows and awards ceremonies a year.

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