Farnborough International

Movers & shakers: 17.10.16

People moves at drp, Vivid Event Group, Farnborough International and more.


drp appointments

The drpevents team has announced four new recruits: Josh Berlen (above top left) as live event show technician, and Laura Ciancimino (above top right),  Emma Burgess (above bottom left) and Sarah Robinson (above bottom right) as event co-ordinators.

“It will always be essential to us to employ people who have the ‘anything is possible’ mind-set inherent in their work ethos, which drp upholds,” said Dale Parmenter, group CEO.

Vivid Event Group


Kelly Stewart has been appointed as Vivid Event Group’s new event operations manager. She will work across the group’s portfolio of events.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kelly into the fold,” said director Rachel Hepburn. “Her experience will be a great asset to the business.

Farnborough International


The organisers of Farnborough International Airshow have appointed Mark Griffin (pictured above) to their business development team as venue consultant. Griffin will report into Farnborough International’s Michael Watton, and he will lead on the development of exhibition business opportunities for the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre.

Full Circle Events

Raj Watts has joined Full Circle Events on a consultancy basis to assist the business through the next phase of the company’s growth. Julia White also joins the company, working with the team in the Midlands.

De Boer secures Farnborough Airshow contract for next five shows

Temporary structure supplier De Boer and Farnborough International have agreed to a contact extension for Farnborough International Airshow until 2024.

Shaun Ormrod, chief executive officer at Farnborough International, said: “We are entering a new and exciting phase in Farnborough’s ground-breaking history as we look to enhance the Farnborough International Airshow experience. Our strong relationships with our main suppliers, including De Boer, will play a key role in delivering fantastic events in the future for both exhibitors and visitors.

Peter Spruce, managing director at De Boer, added: “We are immensely proud to have played our part in Farnborough International Airshow’s global legacy, building the huge exhibition village since 1996. As we look to the future, we are committed to their ongoing upgrade programme across the Farnborough site to continue providing the best Airshow experience for visitors.

“The contract extension to 2024 is a tribute to the strong working relationship between Farnborough International Ltd and De Boer and a testament to the teamwork, innovation and expertise of the whole team.”

Designs revealed for new £30m Farnborough exhibition centre

Farnborough International has unveiled details of a new exhibition and conference centre, due to open in time for the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.

The purpose-built event space will offer exhibitors 12,500sqm of floorspace and will be able to host a conference of up to 2,500 people. There will also be 14 multipurpose function rooms.


Michael Watton, who was recently appointed as Farnborough International venue director, said: “This part of the country has long been crying out for a large purpose-built event space with easy access to London, Gatwick and Heathrow.

“The flexibility and scale of our existing and new event space will make Farnborough attractive to any event organiser whether it’s a membership-based conference with exhibition space or a major exhibition with a requirement for seminar or workshop space.”


The announcement of the new centre comes as Farnborough International unveils a new logo, designed to imitate the flow of air over the wings of an aircraft.

Farnborough International chief executive Shaun Ormrod said; “This is a new and incredibly exciting phase in Farnborough’s long, pioneering history. We have already established the quality and reliability of the Farnborough Airshow experience in a permanent venue.

“Now we are ready to take it to the next level with a state-of-the-art new facility that reflects both our aviation heritage and our modernity at the same time. I am confident that Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre will become one of the foremost event venues not just in the UK, but throughout the world.”