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Former Events Industry Board chair de Bois takes on VisitEngland role

Nick de Bois has been appointed by the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as chair of the Visit England Advisory Board (VEAB) for three years from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2023.

Not only was de Bois was Conservative Party Member of Parliament for Enfield North between 2010 and 2015, but in 2016 was appointed chairman of the government’s first UK Events Industry Board, bringing industry and government agencies together to advise the government on the implementation of their Business Events Strategy launched in 2015.

The strategy set about securing an increase of inbound international visitors by winning new international events hosted at UK destinations.

He resigned as chair of the Events Industry Board in July 2018 to join the Department of Exiting the European Union as chief of staff and special advisor to the secretary of state Dominic Raab MP.

Prior to his election in 2010, he was founder and managing director of Rapiergroup, an international events and exhibitions management agency that he set up in 1988 delivering conferences, exhibitions and digital content for UK and International based clients.

The DCMS has also confirmed the Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin CH has been appointed by chair of the British Tourist Authority, a term which again concludes on 31 May 2023.

He was the Member of Parliament for Derbyshire Dales from 1986 to 2019.