Tony Wand, managing director of Fresh Montgomery, has decided to leave the business after 12 years to start his own exhibition consultancy business.

Wand joined Fresh RM, as it was known at the time, in 2005 as the event director for Hotelympia. Over the years his role has expanded to include the managing director role at Fresh Montgomery. He has also headed up the hospitality portfolio of shows including Hotelympia, The Great Hospitality Show, IFEX, ScotHot and Independent Hotel show.

Damion Angus, group managing director of Montgomery, said: “We are extremely sad to see Toby leave the business as a permanent employee. However, we are delighted that he will continue to support our growth by his ongoing involvement with the Salon Culinaire products and the launch of a new show in Belfast. Toby is deeply loved by his team and very well known across the industry. I am sure they will all joining me in thanking him for his hard work and passion. We wish him the very best of luck going forward.”