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Neil held a variety of senior exhibition roles prior to joining FESPA in 2011, culminating as executive director at William Reed where he presided over a three-fold growth in event revenues from his division.
Since joining FESPA as Managing Director, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, experiencing remarkable growth. Neil has been instrumental in the launch of four new regional FESPA shows across the globe. In 2013 alone, more than 60000 printers visited a FESPA exhibition somewhere in the world. Neil was promoted to the position of CEO in 2013.
Neil gained sales experience in a series of media roles following his graduation from Thames Valley University, where he gained a degree in Modern European Studies. Neil also speaks fluent German.
Neil comments: “As the only organisation on the AEO Board that represents trade associations worldwide, FESPA anticipates that my involvement with the Board will enable our organisation to work with a variety of different people and exhibition organisers in countries where FESPA has no presence currently.”
Susan started her exhibition and events organising career at DMG World Media working on a variety of trade exhibitions, Fire, Tobacco, Metal, Glass and Coatings. Susan joined FESPA in October 2006 and worked on FESPA’s flag ship exhibition in Berlin 2007. As Head of Operations, she effectively manages the operations of FESPA’s global exhibitions and related events.
The team were very proud to win the AEO Award for Best Overseas Show for FESPA Mexico 2017. Following the terrible earthquake in Mexico on 19 September 2017, FESPA postponed the 10th edition of the exhibition during its build-up and rescheduled successfully just two months later.
Andy has worked within finance for over 20 years, including 13 years experience within the exhibitions and events industry. Before FESPA, he enjoyed 10 years at William Reed Business Media Ltd working closely with the UK and International teams to help grow their face to face portfolio.
After qualifying in 2009, Andy has performed in various financial roles including senior management accountant and a business analyst before moving to FESPA as Head of Finance.
Away from work Andy likes to spend his time with his wife and two young children. He enjoys going to watch live sport, comedy and music whenever he can.
Candice joined FESPA in 2008, prior joining she worked for a Swedish medical technology company in the finance department. Candice reports to the Head of Finance and is responsible but not limited to processing local and international payments and accounting procedures including assisting with year-end. Candice is level 3 AAT qualified and will soon complete her level 4.
In her spare time Candice enjoys spending time with friends and family.
James has over 20 years’ experience in Sales having worked in advertising, sales and exhibitions prior to joining FESPA in 2005. James works across the global portfolio of exhibitions that are delivered by FESPA, particularly focusing on the European and Asian Markets.
James is a dad to two great kids which takes up a lot of his time, however he can sometimes be found in the 19th after a round of golf and enjoys socializing with family and friends.
Sean joined FESPA in 2013 in the position of General Secretary. In September 2017 Sean was promoted to the position of Executive Director and now has joint responsibility alongside the CEO for the management and leadership of FESPA. As Executive Director, Sean has corporate responsibility for HR, Finance IT and Facilities and works closely with the FESPA President, Board and CEO to set the strategic direction and policies for the organization. Sean also coordinates FESPA’s support for its 37 National Associations, including the organisation of educational, knowledge-sharing and networking initiatives funded through the Profit for Purpose programme.
Prior to joining FESPA Sean has over 17 years’ experience in the not-for-profit/public sector. His most recent post prior to joining FESPA was as CEO of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Sean was responsible for establishing the newly created Institute and for setting the strategic direction of the organisation, engaging with multiple stakeholders and partners and over 5,000 members. He directed and developed CIMSPA’s service offering, which comprises of education, training, professional development, events, conferences and other member services.
Sean previously spent 13-years with Sport England, during which time he worked in various roles culminating as Director for London and the Olympics, with responsibility for planning towards the London 2012 Games.
When not working you will find Sean either playing or watching sport, in the gym or with his wife and four children.
Christophe joined the Board in 2014 and was elected Vice President in 2017. He also serves as President of FESPA France, the national association serving the French digital and wide format printing community. Over the past year Christophe has attended many meetings on behalf of FESPA and hosts the Southern European Congress. Christophe is a founding director of ATC (Autorise Toute Creativité), which he established with his business partner in 1991. The company now employs 70 people and provides a range of interior and outdoor signage, graphics, display and POS services to corporate and agency clients.
Lisa started her career in events at UCAS organising over 52 events a year. Lisa joined FESPA in 2018 and uses her knowledge from different sectors to offer new operational ideas to FESPA.
Day to day Lisa manages the logistics of the floorplans, contractors, venue liaison and exhibitor enquiries to ensure a smooth-running event for all.
In her spare time Lisa loves to spend time with family and friends, baking, exploring new cities, as well as watching sport both live and on TV.
Suzy spent the first 14 years of her career founding and building the telecommunications and IT divisions for Informa plc: producing, marketing and organising events from idea generation through to delivery. Subsequent to this Suzy undertook several event roles across a broad spectrum of publishing and events businesses and associations. She has experience with many sectors and professions as well as all types of face-to-face events from training courses, workshops and roundtables through conferences, awards and complex shows. As Events Manager at FESPA Suzy is responsible for show conferences and features including World Wrap Masters.
Romana has recently graduated from Kingston university with a master’s degree in Curating Contemporary Design. She is looking to learn about the exhibition operations sector within FESPA.
In her spare time Romana loves to spend time with her family and loved ones, travel and explore.
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