We create unforgettable live experiences.

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD AND INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Our leadership team gives strategic direction to the business, living the NEC Group values which drive the business culture, and with a focus on delivering unforgettable live experiences.

Paul Thandi
Chief Executive
Richard Ashton
Chief Financial Officer
Kathryn James
Managing Director, NEC Group Conventions & Exhibitions

Paul Thandi

Chief Executive

Paul Thandi is the CEO of the NEC Group, one of the World’s top venue management companies

In addition to operating world class venues the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Resorts World Arena (formerly the Genting Arena) and the Vox Conference Centre (situated within Resorts World Birmingham) in Solihull, the Group also operates the International Convention Centre (ICC) and Arena Birmingham (formerly the Barclaycard Arena) in Birmingham city centre. It also manages a range of support services - a national ticketing agency, The Ticket Factory; hospitality brand, Amplify; and award winning caterer, Amadeus.

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Richard Ashton

Chief Financial Officer

Richard joined the NEC Group in September 2019 following 15 years at Home Retail Group Plc.  From 2001 to 2016 he was CFO of Home Retail Group Plc, which owned businesses including Argos, Homebase and Habitat.  He held this role until the high-profile takeover of Home Retail Group Plc by Sainsbury’s Plc occurred in September 2016. Prior to this Richard worked for the American corporation, GE, in a variety of finance roles based in Leeds, London, New York and Amsterdam.

Kathryn James

Managing Director, NEC Group Conventions & Exhibitions

Kathryn joined the NEC Group in 2007 as Managing Director of the NEC, one of Europe’s leading exhibition and live event venues.

Her role has since evolved to include the management of the International Convention Centre (ICC) and the Vox Conference Centre, so she now oversees all exhibition and convention activity in the NEC Group’s home venues.

 

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Phil Mead
Arenas and Ticket Factory Chairman
Kevin Watson
Managing Director, Amadeus
Peter Phillipson
Chairman

Phil Mead

Arenas and Ticket Factory Chairman

Phil joined the NEC Group as Managing Director, Arenas and Ticket Factory, in January 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the operation and development of Arena Birmingham, formerly the Barclaycard Arena, Genting Arena, NEC Group International and The Ticket Factory. In 2007 he created The Ticket Factory brand transforming the NEC Group’s box office into the national ticketing agent it is today.

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Kevin Watson

Managing Director, Amadeus

Kevin joined the NEC Group in 2011, overseeing the redirection of Amadeus and transformation of the business through management restructure, revised procurement strategy, new business targets and greater accountability through a full scale cultural change.

As one of the UK’s fastest growing venue and event caterers delivering catering solutions to over four million visitors per year at the NEC Group venues (the NEC, ICC, Genting Arena, Arena Birmingham, formerly the Barclaycard Arena, and Vox Conference Centre) as well as external events and venues, his role sees him leading an exciting and thriving company that is going from strength to strength.

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Peter Phillipson

Chairman

Peter spent the first 20 years of his career in a range of international marketing and general management positions within Gillette and Diageo.

In 2001 he was appointed CEO of The Tussauds Group under the ownership of Charterhouse. The business was subsequently sold to both Dubai International Capital (DIC) and Blackstone.

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