Richard Manby


ichard joined the Company in 1974, just five weeks after it was established. He began his working life at the sharp end of the business, learning about the events industry from the shop floor, before moving into show management and joining the Board of Directors in the late 1970's, becoming Joint Managing Director in 1995. 

He is jointly responsible for all aspects of the Company’s operations and has overseen the introduction and development of the IT systems in the Company – he still administers the Company’s Online Shop.  Richard is a familiar figure in the exhibition halls across the UK and can be regularly seen on site during the build up of events.  Away from work, he has completed seventeen years as a school governor, including three as Chairman.  Richard lives in Harrogate and has two grown up children and four grandchildren.  He enjoys watching sport, travelling and spending time with his family and friends.