Anthony Lishman has left his post as Executive Director of Conference Centres of Excellence (CCE). He stepped down at the end of March to run his own consultancy.
Lishman (pictured) joined CCE in August 2008 as its first full time Executive Director, with the objective of enhancing the association of specialist conference venues. It is understood the board has no immediate plans to replace him.
Lishman was instrumental in forming a range of partnerships, including most recently one with industry associations ABPCO and the BVEP.
“It is to Anthony’s great credit that he has strengthened CCE’s position during an unprecedented economic downturn where venues in general have become much more selective about joining organisations,” said CCE Chair John Carson, Managing Director of Ashorne Hill in Warwickshire.
“Through his knowledge of the sector he has created a robust platform for the consortium and built a much stronger set of services for members. We all wish Anthony the very best in his new endeavour.
“It has been both challenging and fulfilling to help CCE develop into a nationally recognised quality consortium. The challenge was made easier by the work of my team of true professionals and the enthusiastic contribution of many member venues and managers,” said Lishman.
“Though the meetings sector is in a continuous state of flux – with changing priorities, new technologies and a fluctuating economic environment – I have no doubt that the specialist venue concept continues to provide the best guarantee of successful meetings and events.”
Amanda Stacey, CCE Marketing Manager, told CN the first quarter of 2014 had been one of growth for the consortium, with an increase in sales and enquiries. She says there has been “a notable growth of the corporate training business and association sectors in particular”.
CCE’s geographical coverage has also recently been extended with the addition of the RNLI Training College in Poole, and also expanding the capacity offered with the addition of Hinckley Island Hotel and Stamford Court, both offering large capacity, flexible meeting space in the Midlands.
“As we move into Spring, we are excited to have new venues joining our nationwide group of specialist venues, dedicated to meeting, training, conference and business events,” Stacey added.
CCE now has 35 venues covering an area from the south coast of England, to Scotland. They offer 520 meeting rooms, 10 tiered lecture theatres and over 3,400 bedrooms.
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