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IET Venues prepares for growth with four new appointments

Judith Freudig
IET Venues group has expanded its teams with the addition of four new recruits to IET London: Savoy Place and IET Birmingham: Austin Court, gearing up for a successful year ahead.
Three of the appointments are for the flagship venue IET London: Savoy Place, which is currently undergoing a £30 million refurbishment. Martyn Westcott-Wreford will take the role as operations manager, managing and overseeing the mobilisation as well as the operational functions of the building.

Thilo Rupprecht is the new audio visual (AV) manager, following the cutting-edge IT, AV and wireless connectivity throughout the London venue as part of its refurbishment. Rupprecht brings two decades worth of experience in the conference and events industry, with a strong background in audio engineering and live events for corporate clients including the Sheraton and the 2000 Sydney Olympic games. Rupprecht will look after all AV technology in the various lecture theatres and meeting rooms at IET London: Savoy Place.  

The final appointment for IET London: Savoy Place is Judith Freudig whose previous experience includes working for the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA). Freudig’s role as the diary and events coordinator will encompass IET events at Savoy Place.   

IET Birmingham: Austin Court’s latest addition is Akmal Shahzad, venue manager. Shahzad brings experience from hotel groups including Intercontinental, Q Hotels, Best Western International and Crowne Plaza.  

Simon Timmis, senior marketing manager, says: “This is a very exciting time for IET Venues, with the £30 million refurbishment taking place at our flagship venue and the extension to our teams. The new appointments bring with them a wealth of experience and impressive portfolio of clients from various sectors. Most importantly, they all share our core value of offering first-class service and will help us to continue as the global engineering hub to IET members and the engineering community, and position ourselves as a top event facility to the events world.”  

IET London: Savoy Place will open its doors for internal events in October, with the venue fully opening on 1 November 2015.

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