Nicky Dunn - Managing Director

Nicky Dunn - Managing Director

Founder Nicky Dunn OBE has over 30 years experience and has built a reputation based on integrity, extensive industry knowledge and a realistic approach. When required she brings in relevant expertise to assist and add value. Wide ranging relationships within the industry mean that we have access to the best specialist knowledge in all areas.

Prior to forming IMD group she was Chief Executive of Odyssey Arena in Belfast from 2000- 2010. On behalf of SMG she oversaw the planning and opening of the venue, which opened on time and within budget. She and her team developed the business into the 8th busiest arena worldwide. She developed excellent relationships with stakeholders, Government, City leaders and media.

Prior to this Nicky spent 12 years at London Arena . In 1991 the company went into receivership, Price Waterhouse Coopers appointed Nicky the senior member of management. After preparing a business plan she was responsible for the reorganizing, reopening and management of the Arena until the purchase by new owners SMG.

Nicky sits on the following boards:

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Member of main board, Investment committee and Health and Safety comittee

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Chair of Board

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Chair of Board

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Chair of Board

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Chair of Board. (Retired)

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Member of board

Nicky has extensive experience in all aspects of venue and event management, she has prepared feasibility studies and business plans, been responsible for operational design and preopening services, and opened venues. Her venue management knowledge includes Finance, Marketing, Sponsorship, Operations, Ticketing, Food and Beverage, HR and governance

She has promoted and managed major successful events and has excellent relationships with major players in the worlds of Entertainment, Sport and The Arts.

Nicky has a track record of maximizing revenues with a reputation for sound business judgment and operational excellence.

Support Expertise

We work with specialists in the following areas:

  • Architects and project managers
  • Legal
  • Food and beverage.
  • Marketing and Sponsorship including naming rights
  • Ticketing
  • Parking/Transport planning
  • HR
  • Digital

Find out more about our expertise

Personal Awards

  • Awarded an OBE for services to Tourism in Northern Ireland in the Queens birthday honours 2016
  • Award of Distinction for contribution to business in Northern Ireland in 2009.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in 2009.
  • Shortlisted for First Women Award in 2008


  • Odyssey Arena was short listed as ‘Large venue of the year’ in the global Pollstar awards in 2006 & 2008.