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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.
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.
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.
Lauren has 15 years’ experience in the exhibition and conference industry and brings an excellent track record of launching, managing and delivering large-scale B2B projects, to her position as Events Manager at FESPA.
Her career started in London in a sales/ project management roles for some of the big players in the events industry including Informa IIR, Montgomery International and Tarsus Group. In 2011 she moved to Brighton and into a logistics capacity at Smarter Shows; she was responsible for the operational delivery and speaker liaison activities for their entire global portfolio of conferences, before adding tradeshow operations to her skill-set towards the end of her tenure.
Lauren has delivered events in a variety of sectors during her career, including transport, food & drink, technology, manufacturing and financial services. At FESPA she’ll be overseeing a variety of key features including World Wrap Masters, FESPA Trend Theatre, Sportswear Pro Trend Theatre and the Global Summit. Onsite at an event is her natural habitat and where she’s at her happiest.
When she’s not delivering events, Lauren likes to box, lift heavy things at the gym, compete in mud runs and generally spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Marta has over 10 years’ experience working in the marketing and communications sector and has worked on logistics for internal events and conferences across many UK and International offices. Externally, Marta was involved in the organisation of big international festivals, sports competitions and managed exhibition stands.
Marta speaks Bulgarian, English and is fluent in Bulgarian and International sign language.
Marta joined FESPA as Operations Executive in 2019 and manages the show floor plans, exhibitor manual, build-up and break down queries. She is also responsible for the organization and the management of special projects related to the exhibition; social events, theatres, workshops and features.
Marta loves travelling and learning about different cultures. In her spare time, she likes to explore and raise awareness about emotional intelligence, mindfulness and the benefits of behavioural psychology.
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.
Simona has 12 years' experience in international marketing within the B2B exhibitions industry.
Coming from a varied industry background (ranging from diesel and gas engine manufacturers, to international building and interiors events, and now wide-format print industry). Simona is keen to continue to learn and build on her knowledge wherever she can.
Simona is currently responsible for the day-to-day delivery of all marketing activities at FESPA, supporting the Head of Marketing to meet strategic objectives and managing the marketing team at FESPA’s head office in the UK.
In her private life, Simona’s big passion lies with food, music, running and spending time with her family.
Following periods spent both studying and working in Germany and Spain, Michael graduated University with an honours degree in languages and quickly established a successful career specialising in sales and marketing for leading exhibition venues across the world.
Joining FESPA in 2003, he has become a respected key member of the team and organised more than 40 global exhibitions with FESPA. Through a dedication and passion for print and the people involved, Michael has been instrumental at the inception and execution of FESPA activities in Mexico, Brazil, Eurasia and South Africa. He works closely with the events teams to recognise market trends and launch new products and feature areas throughout the FESPA portfolio. Away from print, Michael is kept busy by his wife, dog, travelling, healthy lifestyle and sports.
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.
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