CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Meet The ICC team

If there’s one thing our in-house teams love, it’s being challenged. To be expected to deliver the impossible. That’s because the one place you’ll never find our experts is relaxing in their comfort zone.

Instead, you’ll find them firing questions at organisers to unlock those precious nuggets of insight that will enable them to deliver an event that’s smashes expectations and defies convention. After all, it’s much more fun to innovate than imitate. We’re approachable and accountable too, a partner you can trust to keep promises and deliver results, whatever the size of the event.

Another key ingredient we offer is experience. And lots of it. It’s why you’ll often find the same familiar faces on your delivery team. Trusted collaborators who not only understand your business, but know how to deliver success. Of course, it’s not just our seasoned pros you’ll have access to, as we’re always keen to get our new talent involved on projects where we believe a fresh perspective could make all the difference. Common sense really.

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.

Donna Cunningham

Sales Director

Donna Cunningham

Sales Director

Donna joined the NEC Group in February 2013 as Sales & Sponsorship Manager for the NEC Group. Later that year she joined the ICC Sales team as a Senior Account Manager, and in 2015 was promoted to Account Director. Since

Since joining the ICC, Donna’s worked to build corporate and agency client relationships and shaped the Corporate and Agency team here at the ICC.  She also took on responsibility of the Vox Sales team, restructuring a new team and implementing new processes and strategy, before moving into the Sales Director role that she now holds for both ICC and Vox.

Before joining the NEC Group, Donna worked within local radio, being responsible for sponsorship & partnership for regional corporate and local authority accounts whilst managing the sales team and overseeing the sales strategy.

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 nearly 20 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 brands as well as building the reputation and awareness of the ICC and the Vox as leading venues.

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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 provides financial and commercial support to senior management team at the ICC and is also involved in the development of complex financial modelling for new business ventures including the mobilisation and operation of new convention centres for NEC Group Convention Centres.

Emma Knott

HR Business Partner

Emma Knott

HR Business Partner

Emma joined the NEC Group in May 2012 and is the HR Business Partner for the ICC and Vox in addition to the 2 of the other Group’s business units.

Emma is CIPD qualified with over 14 years’ HR experience and has worked for a variety of different companies, including professional services, manufacturing and also the police. Emma’s role is to develop and shape the HR strategy and people agenda for the ICC and Vox and ensure that we have the right people in the right roles with the right skills to deliver a great service to our clients.

Craig Hancox

General Manager - ICC Catering

Craig Hancox

General Manager - ICC Catering

Craig is the General Manager of Amadeus Catering at the ICC, responsible for leading the catering team and maintaining the highest standard of delivery and food safety. He joined the group in 2004 as Catering Operations Manager.

Craig has vast experience in delivering outstanding conference and banqueting, and during his time with the Group has led the mobilisation of the catering operation at the Vox upon its opening in 2015, as well as being a vital support in his role as mentor to Amadeus colleagues at the Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre.   

 

Before joining the ICC team, Craig was oversaw catering at Highfield Road Stadium, where Coventry City Football Club had great success in the FA Premier League.

Associations sales

Linda Best

Account Director

Sandra Eyre

Senior Account Manager

Sam Nicholson

Account Manager

Corporate, Agency and Banqueting sales

Kristina Marshall

Account Director

Gabby Clarke

Account Manager

Jordan Whittington

Account Manager

Maria Mawston

Senior Banqueting Sales Manager

Hannah Newton

Account Manager

Event Management

Ian Hateley

Senior Event Manager

Anna Beedie

Senior Event Manager

Kate Boyd

Event Manager

Grace Healey

Event Manager

Chloe Herbert

Event Manager

Lucy Millington

Event Manager

Shannon Cook

Assistant Event Manager

Production Management

Andy Gates

Senior Production Manager

Andrew Harrison

Production Manager

Ben Prior

Production Manager

Sam Mundy

Production Manager

Dave Young

Production Manager