Prior to the appointment he was Chairman of the VisitEngland Advisory Board from 1 June 2020 until 1 November 2022. During this time, and acting in an independent capacity, Nick led the government's review into the funding and structures of England’s Destination Management Organisations.
Nick de Bois CBE was Member of Parliament for Enfield North from 2010 - 2015. Prior to his election 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 U.K. and International based clients.
In 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the government's first U.K. Events Industry Board bringing industry and government agencies together to advise the government on the implementation of their Business Events Strategy launched in 2015. This strategy set about securing an increase of inbound international visitors by winning new international events hosted at U.K. destinations. In addition, the board advised on securing growth of international visitors to established domestic events.
He resigned as Chair of the U.K. Events Industry Board in July 2018 to join DExEU as Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State Dominic Raab MP.
Nick lives with his wife Helen in Hertfordshire. He is also an author and contributory program host and broadcaster, chiefly with talkRADIO.