Leading eventprofs to attend APPG’s inaugural evidence session

Leading names from across the events spectrum are set to take the sector’s case to MPs at the inaugural evidence session of the newly-reformed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events.

On Monday 18 January, the group’s first evidence session will take place and will be hosted by APPG Events chair Theresa Villiers MP. In attendance will be the group’s vice chairs and representatives from across the UK’s event sector, including Simon Hughes, chair of the Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), Jane Longhurst, CEO of the Meetings Industry Association, Chris Skeith, CEO of the Association of Event Organisers and Rick Stainton, founder of Smyle and #WeCreateExperiences.

The APPG has also launched its official website, The APPG will use the website to share news updates and upcoming event dates as well as notes and evidence from its meetings and evidence sessions.

The full agenda for the session is as follows:

Monday 18th January 2021
11.30am – 12.30pm

11.30 Welcome/Purpose of session
Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP Chair APPG Events

11.40 Role of the APPG
Robert Wright davies tanner/APPG Secretariat

11.45 Overview of UK Events Industry
Simon Hughes, chair – Business Visits & Events Partnership

11.55 The Conference & Meetings Sector
Jane Longhurst, CEO – Meetings Industry Association

12.00 The Exhibition & Trade Show Sector
Chris Skeith, CEO – Association of Event Organisers

12.05 The Outdoor Events Sector
Susan Tanner, CEO – National Outdoor Events Association
Steve Heap, Chair – Events Industry Forum

12.10 The Live Events Sector
Rick Stainton EVCOM/#WeCreateExperiences

12.15 Questions/Open Discussion

12.30 CLOSE

Following the meeting, any relevant outcomes and actions will be posted onto the APPG Events website.

Further information or questions can be obtained via and the industry can get regular updates from the official APPG for Events twitter feed @appgevents.

Founded in 2011, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) is a cross party group made up of members from both Houses of Parliament, and acts as the industry’s voice in Westminster. The APPG conducts Parliamentary enquiries, holds debates and engages with various Ministers and departments. The APPG has been credited with the events industry establishing far stronger links with both Parliament and Government in recent years.