Farnborough International has appointed Neil Theuma as operations director.

Already in the role and reporting into Farnborough International’s interim chief operating officer, Matthew Meredith, Theuma has joined from the RFU (Rugby Football Union) where he was head of venue and facilities for nine years.

At Farnborough International, Theuma will oversee a team of 12 including facilities management, health and safety, venue and event operations teams.

He joins at an exciting time in Farnborough International ’s history as the business launches an exhibition and conference facility. Comprising 20,000 square metres of event space, the new structure will be flexible enough to cater for almost any kind of exhibition, conference, meeting, dinner or launch event thanks to 12,500 square metres of exhibition space, conference capacity for up to 2,500 and nine function rooms for up to 900 delegates.

Meredith said: “We are thrilled that Neil has joined the team at Farnborough. He brings a wealth of professional operations experience with him and will oversee the growth of his team to accommodate the expanding business and the opportunities it will no doubt bring.”

Theuma added: “I’m so pleased to have joined the team here at Farnborough at this pivotal point. The team here have done a great job in running the venue and the Farnborough International Airshow and I hope my knowledge and experience will be of great value in the smooth running of what will be a much larger proposition once the new facility comes online in early 2018.”