Events Industry Board

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:

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.

Membership

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.

The Events Industry Board Terms of Reference

Events Industry Board Terms of Reference 2019

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Events Industry Board Minutes

Events Industry Board Minutes 14th May 2020

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Events Industry Board Minutes 30 March 2020

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Events Industry Board Minutes 29 January 2020

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Events Industry Board Minutes 06 September 2019

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Events Industry Board Minutes 1 February 2019

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Events Industry Board Minutes 17 October 2017

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Events Industry Board Minutes 3 July 2017

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Events Industry Board Minutes 19 October 2016

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Meeting Notes from the EIB’s Events Industry Senior Leaders Advisory Panel

Events Industry Senior Leaders Advisory Panel - Meeting Notes 23 June 2020

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EIB News

Press Release: Events Industry Leaders Gather for Roundtable

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Press Release: EIB Talent Taskforce launches talent survey

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Press Release: New Secretary of State reaffirms commitment to attracting more major business events to the UK

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