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

Ian Taylor

Managing Director – NEC Group Conventions & Exhibitions

Ian Taylor

Managing Director – NEC Group Conventions & Exhibitions

Ian has a wealth of knowledge in the events industry with over 20 years of experience.

He joined the NEC Group in 2014 as NEC Venue Sales Director and oversaw the commercial transformation of the exhibition business. Within two years, Ian was appointed Venue Sales Director of Conventions & Exhibitions, a role that saw him take responsibility for the commercial performance of the ICC and Vox Conference Centre, in addition to the NEC Venue.

In 2020, Ian became Managing Director for Conventions and Exhibitions - responsible for the management of the ICC, NEC and the Vox, as well as all convention activity in the NEC Group’s home venues.

Allan Boyle

General Manager - NEC Group Conventions

Allan Boyle

General Manager - NEC Group Conventions

As NEC Group Conventions General Manager, Allan leads on all venue and event operations at the ICC and Vox, whilst also managing conference business at the NEC.

Facilitating an ambitious growth strategy for conventions across the venues, his innovative focus continues to push the boundaries of event delivery.

Allan’s previous position with the Group, from 2014-2019, was Director of Event Services of the Group Convention Centres.  During that time, Allan significantly progressed event processes at the ICC and was heavily involved in the mobilisation and development of the Vox, which opened in 2015.  This position had further dual responsibility, handling operations not only at the ICC and Vox, but also The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) - which was under the successful management of the Group between 2014-2016.

Prior to his recent positions in Birmingham, Allan held the Catering Director role at the then newly built CCD, where he was tasked with setting up the catering contract and hospitality function. He was promoted into the role of Events Operations Director in 2010 to oversee the full operational delivery of the business.

Allan joined the CCD from the ICC, where over a 14-year period from 1995, he held a variety of positions, acquiring vast and in-depth knowledge about the venue, the region and the events industry.

Donna Cunningham

Sales Director – NEC Group Conventions

Donna Cunningham

Sales Director – NEC Group Conventions

As NEC Group Conventions Sales Director, Donna oversees all convention sales activity at the ICC, Vox and NEC.

Donna joined the NEC Group in February 2013 as Sales & Sponsorship Manager. Later that year she joined the ICC Sales Team as a Senior Account Manager, and in 2015 was promoted to Account Director. Two further promotions followed over the next five years as Donna was made Sales Director of the ICC and Vox in 2018 before becoming NEC Group Conventions Sales Director in 2020.

Donna has amassed great experience of the Group’s conventions business through her positions, and has been instrumental in shaping the corporate and agency business across the ICC and Vox. She was also heavily involved in the sales operation of the newly built Vox in 2015, taking on responsibility of the Vox Sales Team, restructuring appropriately and implementing new processes and strategy. These efforts, and the consequent success of the venues business, have led to Donna’s rise through Group sales management.

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 - NEC Group Conventions & Exhibitions

Kelly Haslehurst

Marketing Director - NEC Group Conventions & Exhibitions

Kelly heads up marketing at the ICC, the Vox and the NEC and works closely with our internal and external stakeholders to promote all three venues in the marketplace. 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 over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications and has worked for companies large and small from financial services to the media industry.  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 the UK’s leading conventions and exhibitions venues.

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 three of the other Group businesses.

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 oversaw catering at Highfield Road Stadium, where Coventry City Football Club had great success in the FA Premier League.

Ed Grice

Divisional Finance Director – Conventions & Exhibitions

Ed Grice

Divisional Finance Director – Conventions & Exhibitions

Ed has been with the NEC Group since 2012, joining initially as Commercial Finance Manager for the NEC.

He 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, Ed is now responsible for the combined commercial finance team across the NEC, ICC and Vox. Ed works in partnership with the Managing Director and senior management teams, providing leadership in the development of strategy and financial plans to deliver on strategic objectives.

Associations sales

Sandra Eyre

Senior Account Manager

Jordan Whittington

Senior Account Manager

Corporate, Agency and Banqueting sales

Kristina Marshall

Account Director

Lisa Thompson

Senior Account Manager

Hannah Newton

Senior Account Manager

Event Management

Gemma Carter-Heyward

Head of Events

Anna Beedie

Senior Event Manager

Lucy Millington

Event Manager

Leah Pemberton

Event Manager

Amy Kohut

Event Manager

Production Management

Barry Hope

Head of Technical and Production

John McGeechan

Technical Production Manager

Tom Fuller

Technical Production Manager

Ben Prior

Technical Crew & Equipment Manager