The UK & Ireland Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has invited Prince Harry to accept a honorary lifetime membership. The invitation, the association says, is a means to encourage His Royal Highness to support their quest in creating more Certified Meeting Professionals (CMPs).
Prince Harry recently quit his job as an Army Air Corp helicopter pilot to spearhead the project to bring the injured servicemen’s ‘Olympics’ to London.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace has said of the Prince’s proposed move into the events sphere: “Prince Harry has completed his attachment to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. The Prince will take the position of SO3 (Defence Engagement). His responsibilities will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London. Prince Harry will retain the rank of Captain and be based from Horse Guards in Central London.”
Miguel Neves (pictured), President of MPI UK & Ireland, said that as the meetings industry had called for a seat at the boardroom table, the Chapter felt the offer to His Royal Highness was “an important step in that direction”.
“Certification is a mark of quality that all professionals regardless of any industry sector should seek; meeting and event professionals are no different. With Prince Harry’s new event-related role in the Army, we feel that it is important for a much-loved royal to set an example and in doing so, help the industry progress.”
Liz Rice, VP Certification – MPI UK & Ireland added: “The CMP programme is applicable to a wide range of meeting and event professionals. The international recognition of the programme will greatly benefit those dealing with incoming events, particularly events from North America where the certification is widely recognised. We also expect to see those certified to receive a higher level of professional recognition within their organisations leading to enhanced career prospects.”
MPI UK & Ireland is currently devising a programme in support of the delivery of education for the CMP programme.
This internationally recognised certification programme is managed by the Conventions Industry Council, a US-based organisation that has 33 member organisations all of which are linked in some way to meetings and events. Earning the CMP certification means that individuals have achieved the industry’s highest standards, having demonstrated their experiences in the sector and passed an exam.
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