Advisory board

Simon Foster

Simon Foster is an international CEO and business leader in the exhibition and media industry.

Joining the Industry almost 30 years ago, as a marketing manager it the passion, the excitement, and the people in events that he enjoys. He has led many businesses globally, launching products, building partnerships and in-region businesses, while delivering strong profits through organic growth and acquisitions.

Throughout, he has always sought sustainable growth through understanding and serving the customer, embracing change and creating more effective and innovative ways to bring people together. Continuously building teams and processes that thrive from disruption and change and propel my teams and events, and the overall industry, forward.

He joined Comexposium as CEO in August 2017 with the aim to lead an international transformation and deliver a sale of the business for the PE shareholders. Prior to Comexposium, he was with UBM plc (now Informa) for 19 years, as CEO of UBM EMEA and UBM Americas. He is Chairman of the Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) International Group, has been on the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) Board and chaired the UFI CEO Summit in 2020.

Adam Malik

Adam is a passionate technologist with over 20 years of experience in innovating and applying technology to business models in media, events and online communities. He has launched numerous events and media products and started several media businesses.

In 2011 he ran his first virtual event pioneering the use of webinars and online content delivery to support live events and deliver digital/virtual events.

He now works with mid-sized media and event businesses sharing his knowledge in digital transformation. He has developed the Digital Health Check and Digital Accelerator programmes to apply the latest digital technologies to innovate business models through digital transformation, product design and drive down costs through service automation and technology rationalisation.

Simon Parker

Simon Parker

Simon has over 30 years of experience in Events having run global portfolios of events for Miller Freeman, UBM and informa. Most recently he was as MD/ EVP at UBM/ informa where he ran a business of events, digital and content products with over 400 colleagues in London, the Middle East, Turkey and Asia. He is currently Chair of the AEO and has sat on the Council there for the last six years.

Robert Millar

Robert is a strategic advisor with over 20 years’ experience of working globally at Board level with major brands across multiple industries. His area of expertise is in helping businesses create sustainable growth by focusing on strategic transformation – combining the ability to develop long-term strategies with the more practical actions required to deliver change. ​

He has led over 40 major programs of work across multiple industries including TMT, Financial Services, Retail, Utilities, B2B, Logistics, Real Estate, Utilities and Events.

He is responsible for the development of internationally recognized thought leadership in the discipline of customer-led change that has been proven across a multitude of successful strategy, innovation and transformation programs. He has spoken at numerous conferences, business events and universities, and have been quoted across multiple publications on this topic.

Timothy Skennion

Timothy Skennion is the Managing Director of Derabo Advisory Group a growth-focused advisory firm that partners with businesses to optimize performance across all functional areas and drive long-term value for the organization and their shareholders. As an advisor to the executive teams and boards of Derabo’s clients, Tim provides agile and customizable solutions that augment the production of their management teams, helping to fill critical functional gaps and support the achievement of both near-term and long-term objectives. Tim also serves as an informal executive resource to many startups, private investment firms and accelerators. As a career revenue leader, Tim’s niche is in helping organizations identify and maximize their full revenue potential through Innovation, Process and People, by building and implementing highly productive revenue programs.