Events Industry Board Working Group

A working group of the Tourism Industry Council, set up to provide a sounding board for the government on the best way to help grow the business events industry across the UK.

Role of the group

The Events Industry Board is a working group of the Tourism Industry Council (TIC). The overarching aim of the TIC’s working groups is to support delivery of the UK government’s Tourism Recovery Plan and its objectives.

The government wants to attract more business events to the UK, support our existing events to grow and discourage existing events from leaving, in order to achieve our ambition to make the UK the world’s meeting place. This working group brings together expertise and experience from across the business events sector and will encourage a spirit of collaboration between government and industry as we recover from the pandemic.

The EIB Working Group (EIBWG) will focus on articulating how government and industry can deliver the objectives set out in the Tourism Recovery Plan. In particular, it will support the delivery of objective 6 of the Tourism Recovery Plan, by providing advice on how the UK can become a more competitive environment in order to attract, retain, grow and create events, and create a supportive environment for the sector to achieve long term growth.

The EIBWG will also determine and offer suggestions to the Government on how the sector can support delivery of the Government’s wider aims and objectives.

Discussions by each working group will support the wider work of the TIC in delivering the Tourism Recovery Plan and identifying how the wider Visitor Economy can reach its full potential. This in turn will support the Inter-Ministerial Group on the Visitor Economy, set up to coordinate government interventions in support of the visitor economy.


  • Michael Hirst OBE - Chair and Executive Committee member of the Business Visits & Events Partnership
  • Nick Brooks-Sykes - Director of Tourism, Marketing Manchester
  • Claire Fennelow - Executive Director, EVCOM
  • Tracy Halliwell MBE - Director of Business Tourism and Major Events - London and Partners
  • Jennifer Jenkins - Board Director, Worldspan plc
  • Darren Johnson - Independent (Business Adviser, formerly Chief Executive of Reed Exhibitions UK)
  • Kerrin MacPhie - CEO of the Meetings Industry Association
  • Kate Nicholls OBE - CEO of UKHospitality
  • Fay Sharpe OBE - Founder, FastForward15
  • Chris Skeith OBE - Director, Events Industry Alliance (representing representing the Association of Event Organisers, Association of Event Venues, Event Supplier & Services Association)
  • Paul Thandi CBE - CEO, NEC Group

Representatives from VisitBritain, VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board will observe. Representatives from Government departments including DCMS, DIT and BEIS will attend.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference - Events Industry Board Working Group (February 2022) (PDF, 54.6 KB, 3 pages)


Events Industry Board Working Group - 1st February 2021 meeting note (PDF, 100 KB, 3 pages)

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