Ian Grimshaw

Ian Grimshaw

Consultant
Montgomery

Ian joined the company in 1974 and spent much of his early career working overseas - taking groups of British exhibitors to fairs throughout Europe and the US under the government export scheme and promoting the company’s interests throughout Eastern Europe. In 1978 he was appointed General Manager of Arabian Exhibition Management, a joint venture based in Bahrain, where he set up a programme of international exhibitions. Two years later he was seconded to the Dallas based Society of Petroleum Engineers as an Exhibits Manager of the Offshore Technology Conference Houston, the SPE Fall Show San Antonio and the 1st SPE Petroleum Show in Beijing. As exhibition director of our Zimbabwe company, Ian organised the Rural Development Technology Exhibition in Bulawayo in ‘82 and ’84 under the sponsorship of the UN, EEC and AID, while back in the UK he was awarded Young Businessman of the Year in a competition sponsored by the Builder Magasine and the Association of Building & Construction Manufacturers. Much of the eighties were spent in the US as director responsible for sixteen show titles held in six States. This led to an eight year posting to Los Angeles where, as resident director, he organised ART/LA, the International Contemporary Art Fair and several international wine fairs held in New York. On returning to London, Ian assisted the then Chairman Bryan Montgomery during his year as President of the Union des Foires Internationales and became director of the operations department for events held at the NEC and Olympia. Before taking early retirement, he spent time researching shows in India and his present assignment, as consultant, is to assist the company’s latest joint venture in New Delhi - The India Art Fair. Ian is a Liveryman of the City of London and was elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers in 2009.