In March 2015 the Government published the Business Visits and Events Strategy. One of the key commitments within this was to create an Events Industry Board to work with Government on fulfilling the commitments within the strategy. The Events Industry Board is an industry-led board composed of individuals and representative organisations from the Events industry.
Role of the group
The Board focuses on:
- Implementing the UK Government’s International Business Events Action Plan (2019-2025)
- Looking for ways to improve and promote the UK events sector
- Acting as a sounding board and point of dialogue between Ministers and the industry
The Board has set up two working groups looking at Talent and Connectivity/Infrastructure.
The Talent Taskforce, led by Sarah Wright, has recently launched a survey looking at how to attract, grow and retain talent in the UK Events Industry. You can access the survey here. Deadline is 3rd September.
The Membership has been chosen to be representative of the industry in order to advise Ministers effectively.
Michael Hirst OBE - Chair
Jennifer Jenkins - Independent (formerly Chief Executive of EVCOM)
Mike Rusbridge - Formerly Chairman of Reed Exhibitions - attending in a personal capacity
Tracy Halliwell MBE - Director of Business Tourism and Major events - London and Partners
Chris Skeith - Chief Executive of AEO
Simon Hughes - Chair, Business Visits and Events Partnership
Kate Nicholls - CEO of UKHospitality
Claire Fennelow - Executive Director, EVCOM
Representatives from VisitBritain, VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. It is also be attended by representatives from Government departments including DCMS and DIT.
The Events Industry Board works with VisitBritain in the implementation of the Business Events Growth Programme. This programme looks at how we can further grow this already successful sector. More details can be found here.