Sandra Eyre has been appointed the new association sales manager at ICC Wales. She left ACC Liverpool on 29 June where she had been senior association sales manager.
Derrick Lothian has also joined ICC Wales as an association sales manager, having spent the last two years at Edinburgh’s EICC as senior association business development manager.
Lothian said: “I really enjoy telling potential clients about ICC Wales and its unique and world-class features. This is my dream job and I cannot wait to get started.”
Eyre began her career in the hotel sector and moved into business tourism development before joining ACC Liverpool where she has been for the past seven years. She is also a board member of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO).
“This is such an exciting project and I feel very privileged to be a part of it,” she said. “I’m looking forward to promoting Wales as the vibrant cultural and tourist destination it’s renowned for.”
ICC Wales said its ‘Make it Happen’ team, now includes chief executive Ian Edwards, business development director Jill Manley, convention centre director Nancy Mollett, sales director Danielle Bounds and head of event management Lyon Hughes.
Helena Johnson also joins the team as sales executive, having previously worked in the events team at The Celtic Manor Resort for over 13 years.
Helena has played a key role in many major events, including the 2014 NATO Summit.
Edwards said: “Derrick, Sandra and Helena join our highly knowledgeable and experienced team of professionals dedicated to delivering world-class UK and international events to Wales’ new state-of-the-art convention centre.”
Once complete in 2019, ICC Wales will provide total floor space for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and events of 26,000sqm – the equivalent size to nearly four international rugby pitches.
An £83.7m joint venture between Celtic Manor and Welsh Government, ICC Wales will accommodate 5,000 delegates and includes a 4,000sqm pillar-free main hall, a 1,500-seated auditorium, 12 flexible meeting rooms, a double-height glass atrium and a 2,500sqm outdoor plaza.