The International Special Events Society (ISES) UK held its AGM at Forman’s Fish Island in the East End this week, with Londonlaunch’s Will Broome signing off on his one-year presidency, handing over to Zanine Adams of Visit London for the 2009-2010 term.
Networking strategist Andy Lopata led a lively session on how to ensure return on investment from members’ networking efforts, in order to build brand and profile.
Broome quoted the president of ISES Global board of governors David DeLoach as saying ISES did not stand for “The stuffy events industry, but the special events industry”.
Communications agency Imagination director Richard Foulkes will succeed Adams in the lead role in July 2010 and says: “In recent years, I have witnessed ISES UK grow, in terms of its industry profile and the breadth of its membership. In challenging times a network of the like minded for support, advice and inspiration is more important than ever before. I plan to look to other leaders in the events industry to support ISES so as to ensure this exciting industry is recognised at governmental level and continues to attract and educate the new talent that will be required in the run up to 2012.
“I very much look forward to working with Zanine Adams, and what I believe will a very pro-active new board.”
The organisation now has 280 members, 91 per cent of whom said that they joined to gain business through networking.