Nick de Bois CBE

Chairman of the VisitEngland Advisory Board

Nick de Bois CBE was appointed as Chairman of the VisitEngland Advisory Board for three years from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2023.

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.

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VisitEngland Advisory Board member Dr Andy Wood

Dr Andy Wood OBE DL

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Portrait of Allan Lambert

Allan Lambert

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VisitEngland Advisory Board member Sarah Fowler

Sarah Fowler

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Nigel Wilkinson, VEAB Board Member

Nigel Wilkinson

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VisitEngland Advisory Board member Nadine Thomson

Nadine Thomson

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Fiona Pollard

Fiona Pollard

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