drp has been growing exponentially over the past year, with significant expansion in its digital, technical services, communications, and video teams. The latest head count, across four different UK locations, is 226, with the team expansion directly related to the increase in demand and new business opportunities within drp.
This year, the digital team has expanded by 10 new people, followed by technical services, communications, and video, all with seven new starters each. drp also gained a further 22 employees with the latest acquisition of Penguins, the incentive events agency based in Windsor.
Farnborough International has announced the appointment of Neil Theuma as its new operations director.
Already in the role and reporting into Farnborough International’s interim chief operating officer, Matthew Meredith, Theuma has joined from the RFU (Rugby Football Union) where he was head of venue and facilities for nine years. Prior to that, he worked for BAA in facilities management at Heathrow Airport joining there from the Royal Navy where he trained as a Naval Engineer.
At Farnborough International, Theuma will oversee a team of 12 including facilities management, health and safety, venue and event operations teams.
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum has bolstered its specialist in-house events team with the appointment of Nikki Fhalora filling a maternity cover.
Fhalora will be managing event enquiries, client liaison and overseeing the delivery of both internal and external events over a busy festive 2017 following the momentous refurbishment of the iconic Hintze Hall space.
“The Natural History Museum is one of the most iconic venues in London and it has always been my dream to work here, having studied history at University,” commented Fhalora. “I am so lucky to be able to combine my love for the subject with my passion for events in such a varied and interesting role.
Imago Venues has appointed Keith Barber to the newly created role of head of venues.
The appointment has been made as the conference and event arm of Loughborough University looks to align its venues more closely as it delivers a seamless customer journey.
Earlier this year, Imago Venues underwent a total brand review, with a new visual identity and name change, with the aim of bringing its venues and messages together. As part of the restructure, Imago Venues has formed teams from around the business working on developing its food and beverage story, meeting story, front of house and leisure stories and maintenance.
As part of its ongoing aim to develop association business and strengthen its foothold in the market, the Barbican has contracted Jamie Ades as head of associations.
Ades brings a wealth of association knowledge to the team with past experience in association focused roles at Park Plaza Hotel Group and ExCeL London. He will be working alongside head of sales, Oliver Hargreaves to deliver on the Barbican’s long term strategic goals, which include a focus on association events aligned to the venue’s ethos and principals, including the arts and culture.
Freeman has appointed two new directors to its agency team at FreemanXP in EMEA. Philippa Fann joins as director of client services, and Melle Pama has come onboard as creative director.
Fann brings 25 years’ event industry experience to the business, working both in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Pama specialises in creating and realising brand activation projects for top companies.
Plural Strategy Group
Event technology business SmartXpo has appointed Nik Rudge as chairman. Rudge has 25 years’ experience in the events industry, with roles including divisional MD positions at UBM and global operations director at ITE.
Founded by Plural Strategy Group, SmartXpo is an early stage technology business setting out to become a data and analytics partner to the global exhibitions and events industry.