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Nick de Bois quits EIB as he joins Raab’s Brexit team

Events Industry Board chairman, leading Brexiteer and former Conservative MP Nick de Bois, is stepping down from the EIB role as he takes up the post of chief of staff to Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Although the appointment is still to be officially announced by the ministry, De Bois confirmed on his Twitter account that he would be becoming Raab’s chief of staff:

Raab replaced David Davis following his resignation last week. De Bois was MP for Enfield North until May 2015 when he lost his seat to Labour’s Joan Ryan.

Contacted by CN, Nick de Bois confirmed he would be quitting his EIB post: "At such an important time in our country's future it was impossible for me to turn down the opportunity to work with the Secretary of State for Exiting the Union as his chief of staff. Unfortunately that makes it impossible for me to continue as chairman of the Events Industry Board, a time I have thoroughly enjoyed since the board was first set up in late 2015."

Michael Hirst, MBE, EIB deputy chair and chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, commenting on the news, told CN exclusively: “It’s disappointing for the industry but it’s great for Nick, he’s obviously got a love for parliamentary matters. Nick has been very effective in bringing the industry and government  departments together in pursuit of a more competitive business environment for the events sector.

“The EIB will continue its remit to bring more international business events to the U.K. for a detailed programme underway which focuses on winning more events and advising ministers on how Britain can become more competitive in so-doing.

“We’ve got two working groups one looking at talent, skills, recruitment and retention and another at infrastructure, and on the basis that the industry is given a sector deal by the government another group is ready to go overseeing the implementation of that and monitoring its effectiveness.”