Paul Byrom (pictured), managing director of Upper Street Events Ltd, has been officially elected as the new chair the Association of Event Organisers (AEO).
He steps up from vice-chair of the association, while Damion Angus, managing director of Montgomery, becomes the new vice-chair. The announcement came ahead of the association’s AGM, which is taking place in Brighton today and tomorrow (8-9 September).
Both the association’s new appointments are effective immediately.
Byrom started his career in consumer publishing with Haymarket before moving to Reed Exhibitions, rising to head of marketing across a broad portfolio of trade events. In 2003 Byrom joined the BDC and, in 2009, following the demerger from the BDC Group, he became MD of the newly created Upper Street Events Ltd. In 2014 he undertook a private equity backed MBO of the business. He has been a member of the AEO Council since 2008.
On accepting the role of chair, Byrom said: “The team at the AEO is very focused on providing maximum value to the membership. The depth of support we have in the various working groups has never been greater and so I am excited to be in a strong position to support these activities through my tenure. I am also looking forward to developing one or two new initiatives for members under each of the Insight, Community, Talent and Representation pillars that will enable all the people working in the member companies to benefit further from AEO activities.”
Damion Angus started his career in the events industry working for Single Market Events. He subsequently spent seven years working in brand management developing children’s intellectual properties for TV, video, publishing and consumer products. In 2006, he joined Montgomery Worldwide, responsible for developing Montgomery as an ‘umbrella’ brand representing over 15 different companies. As MD, he continues to develop the Montgomery business across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Angus said: “I am very much looking forward to supporting Paul over the coming year and to continuing to work with Chris and his team to build on the strong foundations which have been created. The AEO is continuing to evolve and it is an exciting time to be part of that development.”
Chris Skeith, chief executive of AEO, added: “We are very fortunate at AEO to have such a strong council governing the association. Paul and Damion bring entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of experience in developing commercial event businesses across consumer and trade sectors, which will be invaluable in developing AEO activities throughout this coming year. As outgoing chair, we would like to pass on our appreciation to Simon Kimble, who has done an excellent job for the association during the past year.”