Head of Events, MBI
Director, Ricoh Arena
Prior to this he spent seven years at the NEC Group as Managing Director (Commercial Marketing) responsible for ticketing and registration, sponsorship and media at the NEC, ICC, The Vox, Barclaycard Arena and Genting Arena. He was also Commercial Director at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Glasgow Rangers FC as well as Managing Partner of WPP/Mindshare’s global sport and entertainment consultancy working on projects including the FIFA World Cup, NFL and Olympics. He started his career in the drinks industry at Bass PLC where he progressed to become European Marketing Services Director for Molson Coors.
Hi is also Senior Independent Director of the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
Director, Blenheim Palace
I moved to Blenheim Palace in 1997 originally to manage and grow the catering operation but eventually to manage the visitor and events business which has grown from a declining 360,000 to over 800,000 visitors last year with a very successful hospitality and events programme.
At Blenheim Palace we are very proud to have hosted some unforgettable celebrations and work with a number of trusted suppliers to deliver outstanding events.
Group Hotel Director, The Zetter Group
General Manager, The Montague on the Gardens
Marshall C. Dallas
Chief Executive, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Director, GG Hospitality
Chief Executive, ICC Wales & Celtic Manor Collection
General Manager, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
Managing Director, Venue Lab
Tarek’s commercial foresight has driven some of the most acclaimed development projects of the last decade. In 2008 he trailblazed the transformation of the Boiler House Venue at Battersea Power Station, pioneering the event and Placemaking activation for the iconic site for over four and a half years. Leading the Placemaking activation of Shoreditch’s Tramshed building, he paved the path for Mark Hix’s revered Tramshed Restaurant as well as the regeneration of Clerkenwell’s popular Farmiloe Building which was one of the most used filming locations in London.
Today Venue Lab offers the event and property industries a unique chance for agile collaboration, accelerating worth and long-term value for all those involved. Tarek’s intuitive finger is always firmly on the pulse as he crafts worthwhile uses for Meanwhile leases, envisions innovative Placemaking strategies, strengthens revenue for the properties Venue Lab manages and builds an exclusive portfolio of ground-breaking venues.
Chief Executive, The International Centre, Telford & Southwater Event Group
Head of Conference Centres, Warwick Conferences
Chief Executive, Manchester Central
Head of Operations, IQPC
Managing Director, Wyboston Lakes
Returning to the UK in 1996, he joined Center Parcs as UK Operations Director. In 2001 he was appointed as Operations and Project Director of the Millennium Eden Project in Cornwall.
Since 2011 he has been Managing Director of Wyboston Lakes Ltd. the largest privately owned business of its kind in Northern Europe. The company has been a Sunday Times Top 100 Company to work for since 2014.
Business Events Partner, B&Q
Sarah’s strengths consist of developing new processes and ways of working. She strengthens partnerships between internal stakeholders, venues and third-party suppliers to deliver highly effective and engaging events with clear purpose that have ROI and ROO. In addition to her love for event management and everything that encompasses, Sarah is a keen advocate for mentoring and advising young people entering into the events and hospitality industry and providing them with the confidence and tools to succeed.
General Manager Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
After graduating in Political Science at Dalhousie University, Dale joined the Hilton Halifax for a summer job as Front Desk Receptionist 25 years ago. She has worked for Hilton Worldwide ever since, joining their luxury division, Waldorf Astoria as their first female General Manager in 2010.
Dale’s leadership style has allowed Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh obtain several accolades through the years and in September 2017 Dale was awarded Hotelier of the Year by Business Women Scotland Magazine.
Head of Business Events, Visit Britain/VisitEngland
In her role at VisitBritain/VisitEngland, Kerrin is building the sector and help secure major international business events across the UK, developing the national strategy to win more international events, reinforcing partnerships across Government and industry, and continuing to build Britain’s international brand for business events.
Prior to this, Kerrin was Director of Conference and Exhibition Sales after 11 years with ACC Liverpool where she has played a key role in driving business growth for the venue and the Liverpool City Region, in addition to developing the successful Ambassador Programme, ‘Club Liverpool’.
Kerrin is former chair of the UK and Ireland Chapter of ICCA and has sat on numerous industry boards and groups, including BVEP, ABPCO and The Meetings Show Advisory board.
Director of Global Events, The Association of Corporate Treasurers
Managing Director, Exclusive Hotels and Venues
Founded in 1981 by his father Giuseppe Pecorelli, Exclusive Hotels and Venues is now a group comprising of four hotels: Pennyhill Park in Surrey, South Lodge in West Sussex, Lainston House in Hampshire, and The Manor House in Wiltshire, with an 18 hole golf course on the estate The Manor House Golf Club. The group also has two venues: Royal Berkshire in Ascot and Fanhams Hall in Ware. Exclusive Hotels and Venues currently has a collection of award-winning hotel restaurants, two with a Michelin Star. Accolades include 2 Hotel Cateys for South Lodge and Pennyhill, AA Hotel Group of the Year and AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year.
Exclusive now employs over 760 people, has an annual turnover of £52m and has secured the coveted title of being one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Hospitality’ for the last 3 years, with Acorn award winners and just a great team of talented people.
Deputy Managing Director Bioscientifica Ltd
General Manager, The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
Director – Conventions & Exhibitions, NEC Group
With a sales background in conferences, exhibitions and events, Ian’s previous role as Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham saw him leading the positioning of the city as an inward investment and events destination. Ian and his family live in Birmingham and are passionate ambassadors of the city.
Immediate Past-President, International Live Events Association (ILEA)
Within industry associations, he is past-President of the International Live Event Society (ILEA UK Chapter) and a special advisor to the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA). He also sits on the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body for the UK events industry.
Venue Director, Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre
Prior to joining FIL, Michael helped develop venues as diverse as the International Convention Centre and National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, where he became Sales Director in 2006, The Dubai World Trade Centre, where he was Director – Commercial for the venue division, and most recently at Bluewater in Kent. During his career, Michael has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious event organisers in all sectors of the industry, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate events, sport and live entertainment. Michael is also a member of the AEV Board.
Pauline Mills , Head of Event Operations, Wilmington Healthcare