EICC taps Royal Albert Hall executive for senior role in 'major coup' to catalyse ambitious growth plans

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre has hired a key Royal Albert Hall executive to lead its event operations and technology – deeming the move a “major coup”.

New recruit Ollie Jeffery spent nearly two decades with the landmark London venue, with achievements including developing the venue’s lighting and audio services, establishing an apprentice scheme, and supporting the delivery of around 400 events a year, and he was latterly head of production and technical.

He said he is thrilled to be joining the Edinburgh conference space, which is creating a 349-bedroom hotel in the Haymarket area of the city, at such an “exciting” time in its development,. He added: “The EICC is an incredible venue with fantastic technology and great flexibility to host a multitude of different events… I look forward to building on the relationships I have built up within the industry to help the EICC move forward into both the new hotel and overall venue development.”

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EICC chief executive Marshall Dallas cheered the appointment, stating: “As we aim to further establish the EICC as a globally-recognised conference venue, getting someone of Ollie’s international experience and know-how on board is a major coup and signposts our ambitions for the years ahead. We look forward to Ollie helping to drive continuing success during our next phase of growth.”

The EICC, which this week hosts Digital Scotland that is billed as Scotland’s flagship technology conference for the public sector, in May said it had secured various high-profile UK and international conferences for 2023, and earlier this month flagged a rebound in bookings as it also looked to increase business with North America.

'I am extremely pleased to be joining the EICC at such an exciting time in its development,' says new hire Ollie Jeffery. Picture: contributed.'I am extremely pleased to be joining the EICC at such an exciting time in its development,' says new hire Ollie Jeffery. Picture: contributed.
'I am extremely pleased to be joining the EICC at such an exciting time in its development,' says new hire Ollie Jeffery. Picture: contributed.
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