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
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 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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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 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
Managing Director, Arenas and The Ticket Factory
Kevin Watson
Managing Director, Amadeus
Keith Marriott
Group General Counsel

Phil Mead

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.

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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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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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Peter Phillipson
Chairman
Sir David Arculus
Non-Executive Director
Mike Rusbridge
Non-Executive Director

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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Sir David Arculus

Non-Executive Director

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.

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Mike Rusbridge

Non-Executive Director

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.

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