Eventia management changes

Eventia has announced that its CEO Izania Downie is to go part time and project director Tony Rogers to take voluntary redundancy at the end of August.

Downie will now work three days per week for Eventia, “focusing on the front facing aspects of the role,” she says.

“While continuing to drive the association forward, I shall also be able to explore business opportunities of my own.”

Tony Rogers, who was chief executive of the BACD before it was merged into Eventia, says: “I feel it is the right time to pull back from the general activities of the association and wish to focus on specific projects of personal interest.”

The Eventia management team, with Downie as CEO, is now complemented by marketing services director, Tracy Johnson; membership and marketing services manager Harpreet Tumber; communications manager Sarah Malkin, and events and marketing services co-ordinator Philippa Smith.

Eventia’s new chairman Mark Taylor, paid tribute to Tony Rogers’ 20 years of experience in the association (formerly with BACD) and pledged to develop membership opportunities with more free networking; an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the effectiveness of events to the corporate, association and public sector buyers, as well as more work on standards and projects to raise professionalism in the industry, “including collaboration with other professional bodies”.

Glasgow’s SECC, meanwhile, will host the Eventia summer conference for 2010. Up to 350 delegates are expected in Glasgow for a three-day conference in July 2010.

SECC’s director of sales Ben Goedegebuure says: “I’ve long since been an admirer of Summer Eventia, having attended a few of them myself, so naturally I am delighted that the SECC will to be the home for 2010. Our team here at the SECC is looking forward to showing the delegates of Summer Eventia some great Scottish hospitality.”

Other major conferences choosing Glasgow as host for their events in 2010, include the European Association for Palliative Care in June and the World Parkinson Congress, which will bring 4,000 delegates over four days to the SECC in September and October.

Eventia members, meanwhile, have voted to endorse a board recommendation to extend membership of the association to include event organisers from companies, associations and public sector entities

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