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Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor

Managing Director - Conventions & Exhibitions, NEC Group

Ian joined the NEC Group in 2014 as Venue Sales Director of the NEC, one of Europe’s leading exhibition and event centres. In 2016 his role evolved to include sales leadership of the International Convention Centre (ICC) and the Vox Conference Centre. The NEC Group is one of the top venue management companies in the world and this joined up approach to sales across its UK based venues creates a stronger overall proposition, giving customers greater choice, but with the same passion for event excellence that has characterised the NEC Group’s businesses for over 40 years.

With a sales background in conferences, exhibitions and events, Ian’s previous role as Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham saw him leading the positioning of the city as an inward investment and events destination.

Ian and his family live in Birmingham and are passionate ambassadors of the city.


  • The AEO Awards is great at bringing the community and the industry all together
    Carolyn Mason
    Director, Experience Staff
  • It is so much fun to have a day out with the industry and to just talk to everyone that loves it and is so passionate about it
    Nico Stanford
    Senior Sales Manager, Olympia London
  • I wanted to congratulate you both, and the wider AEO team, on such a fantastic awards ceremony last week. I have not attended the AEO Awards for several years, and perhaps I forgot just how much of a special day it is… it was incredibly well organised, and it was such a wonderful occasion.
    Ashley Roberts
    Managing Director, CONNECT
  • What a fantastic AEO Awards last Friday; such a buzz and a brilliant afternoon all round. Thank you all for putting on such a fabulous event. What Else Events will be back next year with an even stronger case. For now, being a Finalist is a major achievement in such a competitive category.
    Tim Else
    Founder & Managing Director, What Else Events
  • It was lovely to see you and the team and we had a fantastic night thank you! Everything looked incredible and it was a great event to be part of. Thank you
    Becky Oldham
    Marketing Manager, NEC Group


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