He said that family reasons
helped prompt his leaving following nearly two and a half years at the Midlands
Richards will leave his post at
the end of July.
“It is with real regret that I am
leaving The NEC (and the NEC Group as a whole) on the brink of new and exciting
times. New ownership and the investment that will bring, plus the opening of
Resorts World, will be real game changers for the venue,” Richards told CN.
“However, family comes first, and
it is has been difficult living where I do on the south coast and being away
every week at the venue.”
Richards said he will be
returning to the role of organiser at The NEC in the shape of the January
Furniture Show – an event he helped launch 20 years ago.
“I would like to think I leave
the account management and sales teams in a better and more confident place
than when I arrived and our customers well looked after,” Richards added.
The former UBM Event Director
joined The NEC in 2011, replacing Richard Pegler who resigned from The NEC post
in order to join event services supplier and marketing consultancy Mayridge.
Richards began his career at
Exclusively Exhibitions across a host of trade exhibitions. His CV includes
stints at Waypoint Exhibitions, Reed Exhibitions and Blenheim.
As Group Director of Blenheim, he
oversaw all the organiser’s UK events including Confex, IFSEC and Franchise.
Richards was also responsible for the launch of The Furniture Show and The
National Venue Show in Birmingham.
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