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

General Manager NEC Group Conventions

Allan Boyle

General Manager NEC Group Conventions

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 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

Marketing Director - Conventions & Exhibitions

Kelly Haslehurst

Marketing Director - Conventions & Exhibitions

Kelly manages the marketing function at the ICC, the Vox conference centre and the NEC. She 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, the Vox and the NEC as leading venues.

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Beth Larkin

HR Business Partner

Beth Larkin

HR Business Partner

Beth joined the NEC Group in October 2019 and is the HR Business Partner for the ICC and Vox in addition to 3 of the other Group business units.

Beth is CIPD qualified with over 11 years’ HR experience and has worked for a variety of different organisations, including arts and events, heritage and also healthcare companies. Beth’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.

Edwin Grice

Divisional Finance Director – Conventions & Exhibitions

Edwin Grice

Divisional Finance Director – Conventions & Exhibitions

Ed joined the NEC Group in 2012, joining as Commercial Finance Manager for the NEC.

Ed is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years post-qualified experience having qualified with PwC in Nottingham, and has previously worked in the leisure sector for Punch Taverns Plc.

In his current role as Divisional Finance Director, in which Ed is now responsible for the combined commercial finance team across the NEC, as well as the ICC and the Vox, Ed works in partnership with the MD and senior management teams, providing leadership in the development of strategy and financial plans to deliver on strategic objectives.

Associations sales

Linda Best

Account Director

Sandra Eyre

Senior Account Manager

Sarah McGovern

Senior Account Manager

Hayley Russon

Account Manager

Corporate, Agency and Banqueting sales

Kristina Marshall

Account Director

Lisa Thompson

Senior Account Manager

Jordan Whittington

Senior Account Manager

Maria Mawston

Senior Banqueting Sales Manager

Hannah Newton

Account Manager

Susan Jakhu

Account Manager

Event Management

Gemma Carter-Heyward

Head of Events

Ian Hateley

Senior Event Manager

Anna Beedie

Senior Event Manager

Lucy Millington

Event Manager

Kate Boyd

Event Manager

Shannon Cook

Event Manager

Jason Porter

Event Manager

Rebecca Bramhall

Assistant Event Manager

Production Management

Barry Hope

Head of Technical and Production

Andy Gates

Senior Production Manager

Andrew Harrison

Production Manager

Dave Young

Production Manager

John McGeechan

Production Manager

Matt Olorenshaw

Production Manager