Sue Etherington steps into the QEIICC breach

International sales manager Sue
Etherington has been appointed acting commercial director at The Queen
Elizabeth II Conference Centre, following the sudden departure of Jonathan
Byrne.

The government-owned venue has been
put up for sale and its long-term future as a conference centre has been
questioned.

Etherington takes on the role following six years as international sales
manager and previous hotel roles at Red Carnation Hotels, Eynsham Hall &
Chewton Place and Grosvenor Hotel. She sits on the board of ICCA (UK and Ireland
chapter) and was on the board of MPI (UK chapter) for two years until
this year.

“I have enjoyed some major
achievements at the QEIICC to date, including successfully repositioning the Centre
and generating significant new business contributing to a 15 per cent
year-on-year increase in turnover,” says Etherington. “I am thrilled to
now have the opportunity to lead the commercial team.”

QEIICC chief executive Ernest Vincent says: “Sue has extensive
experience of the industry we serve and is very well respected by external
stakeholders and staff alike. I very much look forward to working with Sue in
her new role.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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