Industry trade association Eventia
has elected TRO agency’s CEO Rob Allen as its new Chairman. Changes to
the board, including the Central Office of Information’s Simon Hughes
stepping up to Vice-Chairman were approved at the association’s AGM,
held at the Science Museum on 8 June.
Allen, who takes over from Mark Saxby, Sales and Marketing Director at Universal World Events, said: “I am delighted to be back in the Chair for a second term of office and especially encouraged by the really strong make up of our new board. It is also highly reassuring that Simon Hughes moves into the Vice-Chair role.
“We will continue to look at how we can add to and improve member services, and indeed work in stronger collaboration with other associations to beat the drum for the events industry in the UK.”
The association’s turnover dropped slightly although Allen reported costs had been brought down and the membership base widened, with an additional 67 members joining last year to take the total business membership to 281.
Standing down from the Board at the AGM were:
- Mark Taylor – BI Worldwide
- Stephan Roberge – Monacco Tourist Authority & Convention Bureau
- Ruth Robinson – Lancashire & Blackpool Conferences
- Alison Ayling-Hogberg – DeVere Venues (co-opted)
- Newly-elected were:
- Paul Hussey – BSI
- Dale Parmenter – drp group
- Alison Ayling-Hogberg – DeVere Venues
- Emma Cashmore – Axis Marketing
- Pauline Houston – Carlson Wagonlit Travel (co-opted)
- Rory Sloane – RPM (co-opted)
- Continue to serve on the board:
- Rob Allen – TRO
- Mark Saxby – Universal WorldEvents
- Alan Newton – Grass Roots Group Ltd
- Brian Kirsch – Event Assured
- Karen Rice – Banks Sadler
- Rick Stainton – Smyle
- Mark Sale, Air Partner
- Matt Storey, Gallowglass
- Andrew Wright, FAB!
- Mike Jackson, Stage Electrics
- Simon Hughes, COI
Mark Saxby said his time as Chairman had been “challenging but rewarding”.
“The economic climate has hit most industries including events,” he added, “and, while some of our members continue to face challenging times, I am pleased that we met our realistic expectation for Eventia to break even this year with a modest loss. We have continued our growth in membership and as long as we ensure we deliver benefits to the members and support their businesses then we are doing our job as the industry association.”
The election process was keenly contested and Eventia also co-opted Rory Sloan, RPM and Pauline Houston, Carlon Wagonlit Travel. Allen said he would be contacting all of the candidates to get themactively engaged in the Eventia committee network and special projects.
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