ABOUT US

Welcome to The ICC

At The ICC, we believe great events have the power to change, to inspire and to connect people and ideas in a uniquely collaborative way. But more importantly, we’ve got the evidence to back it up. Over 26 years’ worth in fact. And we’d love to make a difference to your event too.

On average, we host around 400 events a year, welcoming over 350,000 visitors from across the globe in the process. It’s our job to ensure every single one leaves feeling alive with excitement and possibility. That’s where the game-changing experience of our instinctive in-house teams comes into play.

However, it’s not just our venue and experts that bring people together. It’s the fact we’re bang in the middle of Birmingham, which means getting to us is a breeze from all corners of the UK. Getting visitors to go home is a touch trickier though, as Birmingham’s absolutely booming with more retail opportunities, posh nosh and vibrant hotels than ever before.

Who we've worked with

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OUR HISTORY

Since first opening our doors back in 1991 we’ve never been ones to stand still.

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SUSTAINABILITY

For us, sustainability isn’t just a tick-box exercise, it’s embedded into everything we do.

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POLICIES

We deliver exceptional events through consideration and common sense.

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Awards and Recognition

2013 Venue of the Year logo
Venue of the Year
Over 500 capacity (Silver)
2013 Event Team of the Year logo
Event Team of the Year
(Bronze)
2014 Best UK Conference Centre logo
Best UK Conference Centre
(Bronze)
2014 Best Website logo
Best Website
(Gold)
2016 Best UK Conference Centre logo
Best UK Conference Centre
(Silver)
2016 Best UK Conference Centre logo
Best UK Conference Centre
(Finalist)
2017 Best UK Conference Centre logo
Best UK Conference Centre
(Winner)

Senior Management

Kathryn James

Managing Director – Conventions & Exhibitions

Kathryn James

Managing Director – Conventions & Exhibitions

Kathryn joined the NEC Group in 2007 as Managing Director of the NEC, one of Europe’s leading exhibition and event centres.

Her role has since evolved to take over the management of the International Convention Centre (ICC), the Vox Conference Centre and all convention activity in the NEC Group’s home venues, in addition to her continued management of the NEC.

Allan Boyle

Director of Event Services

Allan Boyle

Director of Event Services

Allan joined the NEC Group in September 2014 as Director of Event Services of the Group Conventions Centres.

In this role, Allan leads on all event operations at both the established ICC in Birmingham city centre and also the Vox, the group’s newest venue, located within Resorts World Birmingham on the NEC campus.

In 2009, Allan moved to Ireland to take on the Catering Director role at The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) where he was tasked with setting up the catering contract and hospitality function.

From 2014 to 2016 Allan held a dual role overseeing all three venues whilst The CCD was under the successful management contract of the GCC.

James Elston

Sales Director

James Elston

Sales Director

James joined the ICC in April 2012 and is responsible for managing the sales team and for delivering all sales strategies at the ICC and the Vox.

Before he joined the ICC, James was Senior Commercial Manager for Uttoxter Racecourse, where he was instrumental in resurrecting the Midlands Grand National, doubling its attendance figures and delivering a record profit day. James began his career with Diageo and spent over 10 years in senior sales roles at Britvic and Pernod Ricard.

Kelly Haslehurst

Head of Marketing

Kelly Haslehurst

Head of Marketing

Kelly manages the marketing function at the ICC and the Vox conference centre and is a part of the NEC Group marketing leadership team which ensures best practice and a sharing of ideas, and initiatives across the Group.

Kelly has over 15 years’ experience in marketing and communications and has worked for companies large and small from financial services to the media industry sector.  Kelly is focused on continuing to put the customer at the heart of our brand for the ICC and launching an exciting proposition for a new world of conferencing for the Vox.

Anita Harris

Commercial Finance Manager

Anita Harris

Commercial Finance Manager

Anita is a qualified accountant (ACMA) who has extensive management experience in the service and hospitality industry with a strong commercial focus and strategic planning capabilities.

Anita is a qualified accountant (ACMA) who has extensive management experience in the service and hospitality industry with a strong commercial focus and strategic planning capabilities. 

THE ICC TEAM

Our team of seasoned pros and fresh thinkers love nothing more than building long-term partnerships based on trust, grounded by insight and fuelled by creativity.

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Partners

MARKETING BIRMINGHAM

Marketing Birmingham is the city’s strategic marketing partnership and the driving force behind its growing reputation as a place to visit, meet and invest. Working closely with the city is vital to be able to offer delegates the full event experience, and not just looking within the venue. We work with the Convention Bureau to support many events, including bidding for events, as well as developing our Ambassador programme for the city.

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WESTSIDE BID

Much closer to home, The ICC sits within the Westside area of the city. We are an active partner in the Westside Business Improvement District (BID), working alongside the BID who focus on ensuring an attractive, well-promoted, brighter, safer and cleaner business environment.

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BRINDLEYPLACE

Providing those fabulous views just outside our West entrance, situated just across the canal is Brindleyplace, an award-winning estate that includes plenty to see and do from bars, restaurants and cafés to art galleries, a theatre and the SeaLife Centre – all perfect for delegates in their downtime.

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HYATT REGENCY BIRMINGHAM

If you’ve not stayed at the Hyatt before, you may or may not know that one of our connections to the Hyatt is not just in a business-sense, but a physical sense! We have a bridge-link that connects The ICC to the Hyatt, making it a perfect event headquarters hotel, as delegates can move between the two buildings without having to step foot outside!

PARK REGIS

One of the city’s newest hotel properties, Park Regis Birmingham opened in Spring 2016, and is a preferred accommodation partner for The ICC. The luxury hotel has 253 4* star rooms and a spa, as well as incredible views from the 16th floor Sky Bar and some of the best sushi in town at Japanese restaurant, Rofuto.

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THSH BIRMINGHAM

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are two iconic Birmingham landmarks each programming an exciting mix of classical, jazz, world, folk, rock, pop and comedy events designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Symphony Hall is one of our brilliant tenants, with entrances directly off the ICC Mall and is widely recognised as one of the world’s finest concert halls.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

Having played host to some very high-profile events over the years, we have built a strong relationship with Birmingham City Council and west Midlands Police. This partnership is key to ensuring safety and success for events those high-profile or larger events that make an influence on the city beyond our venue walls.