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NEC Group leaders made redundant following restructure

MD Nick Waight and business development director Catherine Newhall-Caiger to leave group after combined 45 years

Pictured: NEC Group business development director Catherine Newhall-Caiger and MD Nick Waight

NEC Group bosses have waved good-bye to a collective 45 years of experience, after making redundant its MD Nick Waight and business development director Catherine Newhall-Caiger.

The group says the redundancies are part of a restructure as it looks to focus on its Colisée Grand Paris project - a new 10,000 capacity sport and entertainments arena in Paris - and it has named key staff to continue leading the team.

Speaking to M&IT, Waight said he was privileged to lead the team for so long and added that he planned to seek out new opportunities while Newhall-Caiger said she was also proud of her achievements during her tenure.

NEC Group CEO Paul Thandi said: “As a business we are continually reviewing and refining the way we operate, and following a restructure of NEC Group International (NECGI) to reflect the position of the business and its future focus, the roles currently held by Nick Waight (managing director, NECGI) and Catherine Newhall-Caiger (business development director) have been made redundant.

“Going forward, Claire Greenwood and Phil Mead - the driving force behind the NEC Group’s successful bid (as part of a consortium) to design, build, finance and operate the Colisée Grand Paris, a new 10,000 capacity sport and entertainments arena in Paris - will head up NECGI in their continued roles as project director and managing director, NEC Group Arenas, respectively."

Waight first joined the NEC Group in 2000 as director of conferences and events, rising to become MD of convention centres in 2006 and group MD in May last year. Newhall-Caiger joined as director of international sales and was made director of business development in 2011.

Speaking to M&IT, Waight said: "As chief executive of The Convention Centre Dublin and managing director of NEC Group Convention Centres, I was privileged to lead two of the premier and most successful conference and event facilities in the UK and Ireland.

"Following an initial restructure in May last year, when NEC Group consolidated its conference and exhibition function and with The NEC Group subsequently stepping down from the management contract for Dublin in December, I now have the chance to seek out new challenges and opportunities utilising my experience and skillset of 30 years in an industry which I am passionate about.

"I will be sad to leave some fantastic, talented people behind at the NEC Group  but I am really excited about what the future holds."

Newhall-Caiger told M&IT: "After 28 years of loyal service to the NEC Group, I am proud of my achievements and the instrumental role I have played in making the ICC and CCD the success that they are today. During my tenure, I have secured many high-profile events for Birmingham such as the G8 Summit, NATO Defence Ministers Meeting and more recently, the Conservative Party Conference.

"I have been privileged to manage a significant portfolio of key long standing clients for the ICC including the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Association of Dermatologists and the British Society of Gastroenterology, to name just a few.

"I would like to thank my colleagues and clients for their support, friendship and kind words following the announcement of my departure; it goes without saying that I am incredibly excited about the future, and in the Spring I will be launching Bramcote International, a specialist consultancy offering a range of services to the conference and events industry."

Thandi added: “Nick and Catherine leave the business in a strong position and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts over almost 30 years at the NEC Group and to wish them all the best for their future careers.”

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