Clarion Events, the organiser of January Furniture Show (Furniture Show Birmingham), Manchester Furniture Show, Top Drawer and Home & Gift, has announced new appointments within its retail portfolio leadership team.

Clarion says these appointments and expansion of the existing retail team mark a new era for the shows – and particularly for the growing number of clients who visit and exhibit at events across both trade and consumer sectors. Having most recently delivered the successful digital versions of Home & Gift, Top Drawer, The Baby Show and Spirit of Christmas, which were accessed and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands, the team says it is looking forward to evolving its offering of in-person and online products, and is "committed to providing meaningful opportunities for the retail industry to come together and do commercially-effective business in many ways, for many years to come".

With over 20 years’ experience of shaping and leading award-winning trade and consumer events, Daniel Nwaokolo expands his role as MD to encapsulate both Clarion’s enthusiast and retail portfolios. “In a year of great change, the sectors of the retail industry we serve have shown incredible resilience and dynamism," he says. "Both how products are sourced and consumed have been accelerated by the influence of online, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to provide innovative buying opportunities and solutions, both in-person and digitally, that meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

Zoë Bonser (pictured) further strengthens the team as portfolio director, having previously been event director for Spring and Autumn Fair and, most recently, show director for The Baby Show at Clarion Events. Zoë brings more than 15 years of events and exhibition experience, and a deep understanding of the needs, opportunities and challenges of the retail and gifting market.

Zoë comments: “It’s a real honour to be leading the retail portfolio, whose shows are so loved by the industry and are such crucial opportunities for brands, designers and buyers to unite. At its core, retail is an industry all about people, passion and connection. These are elements that the longstanding event teams and I will continue to harness as we evolve our offering even further, creating new opportunities for success through both live events and exciting new virtual outputs."

With a breadth of experience delivering shows of varying sizes and styles, Abigail Quesnel has been appointed senior operations manager for the portfolio. She comments: “An industry based on creativity and design, I’m looking forward to working with the team across our retail shows to create welcoming, unique environments that facilitate networking, inspiration and space to do meaningful business.”

The appointments follow the departure of several of the key figures behind Clarion's January Furniture Show.