Nicola Pottage has been appointed as the new chair of London venue collective South Bank Venues following elections in February.
She will take up the role for two years, succeeding Charley Taylor-Smith, head of hospitality events and commercial business development at the National Theatre, who has been chair since 2013.
Pottage started her career in events in 2004 working for Intercontinental Hotels followed by a move to English Heritage in 2006, where she ran commercial events at Eltham Palace and Rangers House.
In 2011, she joined her current company, the Concerto Group, starting as an event manager at Delfina before being promoted to venue manager at OXO2.
Claudio Giambrone, head of marketing for South Bank Venues/South Bank Marketing Group, said: “I am very pleased to announce that the group has appointed Nicola Pottage as the new chair of SBV. Nicola’s enthusiasm and passion to showcase our venues in South Bank, combined with her considerable experience as a successful event organiser, make her the ideal candidate to lead the Group in the implementation of its expansion plans and new strategies.”
Pottage said she was “proud” and “excited” to be the new chair of the Group. “We have a fantastically diverse and unique range of venues on the South Bank, meeting all requirements for event spaces, and each with their own special offering. I look forward to meeting with all the members and event buyers, and working with South Bank Employers Group to raise awareness of the venues.”
Pottage takes the lead position at South Bank Venues as the group embarks on a new strategy aimed at further establishing its reputation as a collective.