Perton Signs director named new ESSA chair

New ESSA chair, Andrew Kennedy, from Perton Signs
New ESSA chair, Andrew Kennedy, from Perton Signs

The Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) has announced that Nick Marshall, GES' executive chairman, has stepped down from his position as chair and will be succeeded by Andrew Kennedy, director of Perton Signs.

Kennedy's previous board position as vice-chair will be taken over by Simon Ridout, managing director of exhibition supplier Dimension 8. Kennedy said it was a "great privilege" to serve as vice-chair during Marshall’s time as ESSA chair, adding: "I hope my tenure will be as constructive and positive as Nick's has been."

Talking about what he will be doing in his role as ESSA chair, he said: "My emphasis will be on further encouraging links and collaboration between ESSA members and strengthening the esprit de corps that already exists. I also want to build on the work ESSA has already done, pushing for greater representation at legislative and regulatory levels."

Ridout added: "As vice-chair, I am looking forward to supporting Andrew's ambitions to expand ESSA's influence and consolidate its pre-eminent position in the industry."

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director, welcomed Kennedy and Ridout to their new positions. He said: "Andrew and Simon are both seasoned professionals who are well aware of the pressures and complexities of running businesses in the sector. I am confident that their combined expertise and understanding of the industry will be important assets as they steer the association into the future."

ESSA will be returning to ArenaMK in Milton Keynes to host its next annual general meeting on 30 April. Speaking about the AGM, Harrison said: "Over the last few years we've striven to build the AGM into an unmissable event for our members, by bringing in well-focused content and providing a relaxed and conducive networking environment.

"Our venue partners at ArenaMK made last year's G50+ conference a great success and I'm looking forward to meeting our members at this year's AGM, especially the first time delegates."

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