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 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 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.Download Factsheet
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.Download Factsheet
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.
Managing Director, Arenas and The Ticket Factory
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.Download Factsheet
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.Download Factsheet
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).Download Factsheet
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.Download Factsheet
Sir David Arculus
Sir David is a businessman and former advisor to government.
Previously Chair of ExCeL London, Earls Court & Olympia and Clarion Events, he started his career as a BBC Producer. He was subsequently Group Managing Director of EMAP and Chief Operating Officer of United News and Media (subsequently UBM) and as Chair, he led the management buyout and subsequent sale of IPC Media.Download Factsheet
Mike was CEO and subsequently Chair of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organiser.
During his tenure, the business grew from a £275 million company to a £900 million global enterprise that is digitally enabled, data driven and organises over 500 events in 43 countries across 43 industry sectors, with over seven million participants.Download Factsheet