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MDS boss departs

MDSAndrew Vaughan, brand director for the May Design Series and kbb Birmingham trade shows is to leave organiser UBM.

A UBM statement says: 'Following on from a hugely successful edition of May Design Series this year, Andy Vaughan is moving on from UBM and onto new challenges. Andy has been in the events industry for over 18 years, most recently as Brand Director on both kbb Birmingham and May Design Series.

'Andy has built up a credible and hard-working team who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of both exhibitions, particularly May Design Series 2015 which is currently way ahead of target and includes some of the industry's most influential companies.

'Group Director Andy Stuart commented: We are sorry to see Andy go, but are grateful for his commitment and enthusiasm to the portfolio over the years. The preparations for May Design Series 2015 are going better than we ever could have hoped for with brands including Santa Rosa, Dune, Astro Lighting and Hansgrohe signed into the show. The event will be left in the safe hands of Suzie Ager, Brand Director for May Design Series.

'Andy Vaughan said: I want to take this opportunity to thank the industry for all its support over the years with both kbb Birmingham and May Design Series. I am proud to say I am leaving these events in fantastic shape and under the capable hands of Suzie Ager and the core team. I am certain both shows will only grow from strength-to-strength as the market improves.'