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COI’s Simon Hughes ‘revelling in freedom’ after setting up own business


Former COI director of live events Simon Hughes has set up his own consultancy business, MCHA.

Hughes says he will use his more than 10 years of experience at the now defunct government agency to work with corporates and agencies on the development of live events and digital engagement.

Hughes said he was ‘revelling in the freedom’ and would not be limiting himself to public sector work: “With the incredible range of event experience that I've been lucky enough to be involved in during the last 10 years, I'm not limiting myself to a particular type of event per se. It is much more interesting to see where I can add real value based on my experience and expertise.

“I'm discussing a number of different projects with people at the moment - obviously I've had to wait to make sure I was free before starting that process.”

He added that he would continue in his role as vice-chairman of industry association Eventia.

“My work with Eventia is looking really exciting,” he said. “We have some great ideas to bring to our members over the next few months - the Summer Eventia 2012 in two weeks time has some fantastic content and speakers lined up, so that will be a blast. A great way to kick-start the spring!”

MCHA does not yet have its own website, but Simon Hughes can be contacted via email:

Pictured: Simon Hughes

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