We create unforgettable live experiences

THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

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.

The Executive Board includes the Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer, Group General Counsel and NEC Group Managing Directors (MD).

Paul Thandi
Chief Executive
John Hornby
CHIEF OPERATING 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), Genting Arena and the Vox Conference Centre (situated within Resorts World Birmingham) in Solihull, the Group also operates the International Convention Centre (ICC) and 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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John Hornby

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

John joined the NEC Group in September 2003 as Group Finance Director and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January 2006.

His role encompasses Finance, Procurement, Group Operations, IT, Health & Safety, HR, Marketing, Legal and Property. John’s business highlights include a successful deal which saw LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, acquire the NEC Group from Birmingham City Council for £307 million in May 2015. The deal brought the NEC Group into private ownership for the first time and marked the start of an exciting new chapter for the Group with a partner who can help it realise its ambitions.

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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 event centres. Her role has since evolved to take over the management of the International Convention Centre (ICC), the Vox Conference Centre and all convention activity in the NEC Group’s home venues, in addition to her continued management of the NEC.

The NEC Group prides itself on being one of the top venue management companies in the world, and while its exhibition and conference centre businesses are already successful, this joined up approach across its UK-based venues creates a stronger overall proposition, giving customers greater choice, but with the same passion for event excellence that’s been delivered across the NEC Group’s businesses for over 40 years.

 

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Nick Waight
Managing Director, Intl Conventions & Exhibitions Venue Development
Phil Mead
Managing Director, Arenas
Kevin Watson
Managing Director, Amadeus

Nick Waight

Managing Director, Intl Conventions & Exhibitions Venue Development

As part of the NEC Group’s growth agenda, Nick became Managing Director, International Conventions and Exhibitions Venue Development in May 2016, aiming to expand the NEC Group’s portfolio of conference, exhibition and arena venue management contracts.

Nick joined the NEC Group in 1989 as part of the preopening Sales and Marketing team for the ICC. He was appointed Managing Director of Group Convention Centres (GCC) in 2006 with overarching strategic responsibility for the ICC, the UK’s leading conference venue that holds over 500 events per year. That position evolved to include the cutting edge, purpose-built Vox Conference Centre which opened within Resorts World Birmingham in September 2015.

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Phil Mead

Managing Director, Arenas

Phil joined the NEC Group as Managing Director, Arenas, in January 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the operation and development of the Barclaycard Arena, Genting Arena, NEC Group International and MemoryHaus. Previously, within the same role, he created The Ticket Factory brand transforming the NEC Group’s box office into a national ticketing agent.

Phil has been instrumental in the growth of NEC Group International which harnesses the Group’s expertise in managing worldclass venues. The business offers consultancy services and venue management to organisations who are considering building a new convention centre or arena, or who are revisiting their current facilities. It currently holds the management contract for The Convention Centre Dublin.

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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, 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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Stuart Cain
Managing Director, Commercial Marketing
Keith Marriott
Group General Counsel

Stuart Cain

Managing Director, Commercial Marketing

Stuart joined the NEC Group in 2010 initially as Marketing Services Director and then Managing Director of Commercial Marketing, a division incorporating national ticket agency, The Ticket Factory, as well as Eight Feet Tall, a media and sponsorship agency for the live events industry. He joined the Executive Board in November 2012.

During his time at the NEC Group, Stuart has managed marketing, media and sponsorship strategies for the Group’s businesses and under his leadership, his team has agreed major commercial partnerships with internationally renowned organisations such as Genting, Barclaycard and Virgin. Genting UK is the Group’s partner on the £150m leisure and entertainment complex ‘Resorts World Birmingham’ which opened on the NEC site in October 2015 – it is also the sponsor of the adjacent Arena. 

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Keith Marriott

Group General Counsel

Keith Marriott joined the NEC Group Executive Board in 2007 as Group General Counsel, 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.

Keith is responsible for managing all legal matters within the business together with group wide commercial responsibility for procurement, as well as overseeing a team of six health and safety professionals (who are also responsible for all environmental issues within the business). 

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