Closier takes charge at EVA

Mike Closier has been voted in as the new chairman of the Exhibition Venues Association (EVA). He was previously deputy chairman and takes over from Bill Ross who has stepped down.

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) chief executive Closier has had similar experience as chairman of the National Association of Exhibition Hall Owners, prior to the formation of EVA. He vowed to continue the work put in by Ross on issues such as waste management and health and safety.

"This work will hopefully be expanded,

he said. "But I have no agenda of my own. The role of chairman is to reflect the views of the membership. It is a membership-driven organisation where we work together and share problems."

Closier said EVA would continue to work closely with the Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) and the British Exhibition Contractors Association.

"We need to convince companies that exhibitions are an important part of the marketing mix. But the industry is healthy enough not to go out with a begging bowl to the government."

EVA board member Rene Dee said: "It is a good appointment. He has been a very active member of EVA for many years."

Trevor Foley, director-general of the AEO, welcomed the appointment.

"It is good to have Closier as chairman as he represents a mid-sized venue,

he said. "We will continue to work with EVA on a number of joint ventures including SME roadshows, promotional campaigns and industry research,

he said.

The SECC is to host four new exhibitions this year. Londis Scottish Retailing will run in June, Adviser Tech is to take place in September, the Highland Trade Fair will be in October and Blendon Exhibitions is to launch an autumn show to complement its spring event Home Overseas.

See Analysis, page 17.

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