Phil Clements

CEO / Director

Phil Clementsis CEO/Director of the Global Centre for Professional Events Management Ltd (GCPEM) and an international event management company, Argentum Moon, that facilitates small and bespoke events for a range of global clients. He is also CEO/Director of the International Education Network Ltd (IEN).

Until recently he was Principal Consultant and a senior academic at the UK Centre for Event Management at Leeds Beckett University, UK, and a member of the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism, and Hospitality, leading on international development.

He brings with him a wide range of international experience in not only teaching and academic management, but also in developing bespoke professional courses for international clients. He has over 25 years of successful academic management in worldwide academic institutions; and has taught in business and management, hospitality, tourism and event management. He has lived and worked in a variety of international settings from Australia and New Zealand to India, Latin America and the Middle East.

Starting his career in post 16 years vocational education in the UK, he relocated to Australia and New Zealand taking on senior roles in hotel management institutions. On returning to the UK, after 3 years he was then seconded to India as the Academic Director between 2008 and 2011, taking on the challenging remit of developing the new Leeds Metropolitan University campus in Bhopal, India.

Returning back to the UK in 2011, he initiated academic partnerships in Latin America and South-East Asia, where he developed and delivered professional ‘management’ courses in the Middle East.

Notably, he led on the development and delivery of professional courses in Major Event Management for the Josoor Institute in Qatar. These were designed to increase the human resource capacity in the Middle East and North Africa as part of the legacy for the successful Qatar 2022 World Cup bid. The development, and delivery of certificates and diplomas for the Josoor Institute in Qatar involved contextualising and adapting content, assessments, and delivery mode so as to be relevant to the delegates from across the MENA region.

He initiated a successful bid for the development of the education/ training of Panamanian English language teachers (specifically approached by UKTI on the back of collaborative and brand building activities to tender).

He was then contracted by the Panamanian Government, (a development of their Bilingue Program) to set up, and coordinate the in-country, (Cambridge English), English Language Teacher Training program bringing together diverse international stakeholders which has now successfully completed 3 years of operation. This involved the recruitment, induction and evaluation of English language teachers as ‘trainers’ as well as delegates.

In the UK he was part of a successful ‘development fund’ bid to develop business hubs for enterprise activity in key international markets, as well as mentoring local business enterprises and providing professional training to Government supported agencies in response to identified needs.

As CEO and Director of IEN and GCPEM, he has led on projects, collaborations and partnerships in South East Asia, Central and South America and now China with stakeholders as diverse as national governments, higher education institutions, and multinational industries.

He also holds the position of ‘International Industry Adviser’ and board member for the Asia Pacific Centre for Events Management where he has developed short professional courses for the Malaysian events, conference and exhibition industry, (MACEOS), and expanded and promoted the research capacity of Malaysian education institutions through international collaboration.

Currently he is involved in the setting up of an events company and offshore education and training operation in Mauritius as a result of an identified skills gap in the region in the areas of hospitality, tourism and events management focusing on service and operation skills and entrepreneurship.

More recently he was invited by the British Council in Nigeria to address and deliver sessions to Vice Chancellors and senior academics in Nigeria. This was to address issues and challenges, and offer solutions, related to the development of incubation hubs, encouragement and facilitation of an entrepreneurial culture, and the engagement of industry in the development and delivery of fit for purpose curriculum.

He is frequently invited to present at international conferences and forums on a range of topics from human resource capability in the MENA region to developing niche events strategies in the Nordic region. More recently he was invited to join the Prague based ‘Global Impact Institute’, specialising in impact studies and the internationalisation of higher education.

His expertise is acknowledged as he continues to hold External Examiner roles for a number of UK Universities for programmes delivered in both UK and overseas, such as Hungary and Malaysia.

He has experience of planning and managing a wide range of events from wine festivals to fashion shows and more recently fundraising for national charities and conferences and business networking events, his specialist area is sports event management.

He was at the forefront of developing and delivering both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in event management at the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Beckett University. He has been involved in the development of training and education for events as diverse as the Qatar World Cup, Sochi Winter Olympics and the Sydney Summer Olympics and has worked closely with sporting venues and organisations at the elite club level.

Prior to this he worked in a number of management and executive positions in tourism, hospitality and events organisations in the world. As CEO of the Global Centre for Professional Events Management he focuses on offering vocational event management training and consultancy for small and medium enterprises as well as multi-national companies and international governments and institutions.

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