Allan Boyle has taken on the position of General Manager NEC Group Conventions, after four years as Director of Event Services. He will continue to lead on event operations and facilitate the business’ ambitious growth strategy.
The newest addition to the team is Barry Hope. Appointed in the newly created role of Head of Technical Production, the role will see him oversee the technical production delivery for all events at the venue. Hope arrived at the start of the month following nine and a half years at Birmingham Hippodrome as Head of Technical Services, and prior to that, experience at MattLX and as a production freelancer.
Boyle speaks of how the new structure will benefit customers: “The conference and live events market is constantly pushing the boundaries of event delivery, so having the correct team structure in place is crucial to our offering. It is also important for us as venues to facilitate client usage of emerging technologies and incorporate them within the venues where possible. This year’s innovation focus will help us maintain our position as two of the UK’s leading conference venues, and ensure we stay ahead of competitors.
“Over the last three years, our multi-million-pound investment programme has gone from strength to strength, including enhancements to our WiFi solution, integration of digital signage and wayfinding. The creation of the Head of Technical Production position now demonstrates our commitment to strengthening our offer even further. Barry brings a fresh approach to both solutions and a wealth of knowledge on touring events and corporate productions, so he’s a very welcome addition to the team. These are exciting and innovative times ahead, and here at the ICC and Vox, we are ready to move with them.”
The news follows the promotion of Gemma Carter-Heyward to Head of Events last June to increase consistency in the delivery of events.