The Events Industry Board has appointed two new members – Jennifer Jenkins, CEO of the Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM) and Sarah Wright, an events consultant.

Jenkins was appointed CEO at EVCOM last June after 15 years as the managing director of MCI Group, the global communications agency. She is also the chairwoman of the events industry charity Meeting Needs, which raises funds for worthy causes linked to the events industry.

After working across the financial, pharmaceutical, telecoms, professional service, Government and FMCG sectors in a corporate and agency capacity for 20 years, Wright now runs her own consultancy. She set up the Apprenticeship Programme in 2012 and is the director of employer engagement on the Event Apprenticeship Programme Board.

Nick de Bois, chairman of the Events Industry Board, commented: “It’s really important that our board membership has the widest and strongest representation from our industry and I’m delighted that Jennifer and Sarah will bring such a wealth of experience and talent to our discussion and debate. I look forward to working closely with them both in this vitally important time for the business of events and warmly welcome their expert opinions and advice.”

Jenkins added: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the board. Having attended my first meeting, I am convinced of the very real intention to drive the growth of the UK event industry and attract more inbound business to the UK.”

Wright said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Events Industry Board. I’m particularly passionate about skills and training in the events industry and excited to be working with industry leaders and government to drive talent development and management in the industry, which will drive competitiveness and showcase UK talent.”

Wright will be leading a new Working Group for the Events Industry Board that will consider current skills gaps and the future skills and resources required for the events industry in a post Brexit environment.