Top Speakers for Policy Panel
4th July 2018
Kate Nichols, Stephen Darke and Anthony Pickles confirmed for TMI AC Policy Panel session goo.gl/H3cNXV
TMI is delighted to have secured a trio of people with their fingers on the policy pulse for our panel discussion: Kate Nichols, CEO UK Hospitality, Stephen Darke, Head of Tourism DCMS and Anthony Pickles, Head of Tourism Affairs at VisitBritain/VisitEngland.
UKHospitality was formed by the merger of the ALMR and the BHA, and Kate Nichols was appointed CEO in early 2018, having been CEO of the ALMR since September 2014. She had previously been its Strategic Affairs Director and Head of Communications. After gaining a degree in English and a post-graduate diploma in competition law, Kate worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and European Parliament before joining Whitbread as Government Relations Manager. She was a Director at a leading public affairs company before founding her own strategic communications consultancy in 2000. She is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and Kings College London.
Stephen Darke has been Head of Tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport since July 2017. During this time he has overseen the Department’s work around the proposed Tourism Sector Deal. He attends the VisitEngland Board as an Observer. Stephen has worked in Whitehall for over a decade. His previous roles include Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Culture (2014-2017), Ministerial Speechwriter at HM Treasury (2012-2014), and Senior Arts Policy Advisor (2008-2012)
Anthony Pickles is Head of Tourism Affairs at VisitBritain/VisitEngland. Prior to joining the team at the British Tourist Authority, Anthony worked in the automotive industry, within Nissan Europe’s External Affairs team working across a number of different issues including electric mobility and the driverless car revolution. At VisitBritain, Anthony has been responsible for the coordination of the Tourism industry’s bid for a Sector Deal with the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. Anthony is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a board member of Institute of Welsh Affairs and in his spare time, he enjoys hill walking and running.