The MIA-List 2012 is released

The Meetings Industry Association released its MIA-List 2012, at a lunch at BMA House, London on Monday 19 March.

Incoming MIA Chairman, Gary Payne, announced the list of “true heroes of the industry whatever their rank or role, nominated by the industry”.

The MIA describes the list as an initiative designed to further the the association’s commitment to raising standards in the meetings industry and complementing other initiatives such as the AIM accreditation.

A judging panel selected the following 10 professionals to be awarded a place on the MIA-List 2012:

  • Samme Allen, Barbican Centre
  • Colin Bourner, The Grand Hotel Brighton
  • Kim Carrington, Central Hall Westminster
  • David Curtis-Brignall, Millennium and Copthorne Hotels
  • Nicola Gilmore, Foresight Centre
  • Caroline Ginnane, Dominion Theatre
  • Fergus Martin, Wyboston Lakes
  • Chris Parnham and Fay Sharpe, Zibrant
  • Liam Potter, Imperial War Museum North
  • Barry Stonham, Wyboston Lakes

In addition, Barry Stoneham received the special lifetime achievement award and Samme Allen was chosen over all others as making an outstanding contribution to the industry.

Chris Parnham and Fay Sharp were given a joint place on the list, in recognition of their inspiring team approach to managing a leading industry company.

MIA Chief Executive Jane Longhurst said: “We received a fantastic response to The MIA-List this year, with applications from all sectors of the industry.”

This year video interviews were conducted of all 20 shortlisted people and, along with the case made by each nominator. These were used to judge the winners.

“Ultimately those that made it onto The MIA-List 2012 were those that just showed that extra degree of enthusiasm, passion and dedication to their work and the industry. Congratulations to all,” said Longhurst.

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