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Simon Hughes

Director Live Events, COI, Vice Chairman

Simon Hughes joined COI in 2002.  Since then he has been involved in a number of high profile events for a diverse range of Government Departments and Agencies. 

He and his team have helped to deliver events such as the G20 London Summit, celebrations for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee weekend, the New Year’s Eve firework display in London and a host of seminars, conferences and roadshows around the U.K.  He has also been involved in designing and delivering numerous  public consultations such as GM Nation, the BBC Charter review process for DCMS, the National Pensions Debate for DWP, the Children’s Plan for DCSF and the current Nuclear Sites Consultation for DECC.  

In his current role he still manages to utilise his production and delivery skills on a regular basis, running high profile events such as senior management conferences, stakeholder meetings and major public engagement sessions including the historic Cabinet meetings held outside London, the ninth of which he and his team have just delivered in Durham.  He was voted the most influential person in the UK event industry in the 2009 Event Magazine Top 100 poll. 

Before joining COI he spent over twenty years working in event production.  He is passionate about getting the end-to-end production process right for live events.  He believes that bringing people together to share ideas, learning and experience remains one of the most powerful communication tools available today.

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