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
Phil Mead
Arenas and Ticket Factory Chairman

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 Utilita Arena Birmingham 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.

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 Utilita Arena Birmingham, Resorts World 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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Ian Taylor
ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR, CONVENTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
Kevin Watson
Managing Director, Amadeus
Alan Maynard
Chief Development Officer

Ian Taylor

ACTING MANAGING DIRECTOR, CONVENTIONS & EXHIBITIONS

With over 27 years’ experience, Ian has a wealth of knowledge in the events industry. He joined the NEC Group in 2014 as Venue Sales Director for Conventions & Exhibitions.

In 2020, Ian became Acting Managing Director for Conventions & Exhibitions, responsible for the management of the ICC, the Vox Conference Centre and all convention activity in the NEC Group’s home venues, in addition to the management of the NEC.

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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, Resorts World Arena, Utilita Arena Birmingham, 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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Alan Maynard

Chief Development Officer

Alan joined the NEC Group in November 2019 following 12 years as Partner and Finance Director at Darwin Private Equity, a UK mid-market private equity firm. As a private equity investor he has had an extensive track record and management experience in growth businesses.

Guy Dunstan
Managing Director, Arenas
Peter Phillipson
Chairman
Paul Errington
Group Legal Director

Guy Dunstan

Managing Director, Arenas

As Managing Director of Arenas for the NEC Group, Guy’s role sees him leading two of the UK’s leading live entertainment venues, Resorts World Arena and Utilita Arena Birmingham.

Guy has worked at the NEC Group for over 20 years, starting as an Assistant Event Manager and working his way up to General Manager - a position he held for 11 years before being promoted to Director in December 2018, and then Managing Director in March 2020.

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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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Paul Errington

Group Legal Director

Paul joined NEC Group as a Commercial Solicitor in 2013.  Since joining, in he progressed to Senior Legal Adviser, Data Protection Officer and then Group Legal Director; and joined the NEC Group Executive Board in July 2019. His role involves providing commercial and corporate legal advice on topics ranging from commercial contracts, intellectual property rights and new business ventures, to the management of litigation and the appointment of external legal advisors.