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Eventia Vice Chair Receives IVCA Career in the Industry Award

On Wednesday 20th October the 2011 IVCA Fellowship Lunch, in association with CTN Communications was held in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords.

The IVCA Fellowship Awards are made each year and recognise outstanding achievement in the communications industry. They are awarded to individuals who have shown outstanding leadership, innovation and achievement across the communication industries.

Two Fellows and a Career in the Industry Award are made each year. Previous recipients include John Simpson CBE, Martha Lane Fox, Sir David Frost, Lord Bragg, Lord Browne, Lord Attenborough, Moira Stuart OBE, Kevin Spacey, Peter Bazalgette, Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Joan Bakewell CBE and Ridley Scott.

As a result of the evolving communication environment the IVCA decided that this year’s Career in Industry Award would be bestowed upon Eventia Vice Chair, Simon Hughes, Director of Live Events, COI. 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 road shows around the U.K.  He has also been involved in designing and delivering numerous innovative public consultations, which led to the development of a unique public engagement offer from COI.  COI will cease to exist after March 2012 and Simon has been working with colleagues to advise the Cabinet Office transition team on the design of a new system for government communications. 

“I’m extraordinarily grateful to the IVCA for giving me this award, which is recognition of the award winning work that my team and the brilliant event agencies that we work with have produced in the last 10 years.  Working with the IVCA to promote the use of creative communication in its many forms has long been a passion of mine, so this was a real honour for me.”

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