Appointees to the new EVCOM Board, as well as members of the association, have spoken to Conference News about the organisation’s future direction.
Top Banana Managing Director Nick Terry, who was appointed to the Board last week, says that tackling late payment and gaining government recognition are key goals.
“We’re an industry that relies a lot on freelancers and flexibility, so tackling late payment is a vital issue for the lifeblood of the industry. All too often, the big corporates are the worst offenders on late payment, and this needs to be addressed,” Terry says.
Re-joining the EVCOM Board after four years is event professional and former Eventia CEO Izania Downie (pictured). She says that the collaboration of film content creators and live communications specialists are at the heart of EVCOM’s evolution.
“There is an immediate need for collaboration and education between the constituents of each sector, film makers and event creators. We discovered this last week at the senior advisory board, even at the level of language we need commonality and understanding of each other’s worlds in order to collaborate truly effectively with the ultimate aim of better serving our clients,” she adds.
Another new Board joiner, Ashfield Meetings & Events Global Business Director Andrew Winterburn, says that his experience in Europe and Asia could help EVCOM be more globalised in its focus.
“My experience is predominantly in the healthcare sector, and other sectors around Asia and Europe. Making these links has helped me understand the workings of relations with international organisations, which will hopefully match EVCOM’s ambitions to forge links abroad,” he adds.
AV rental company Anna Valley, an EVCOM member, went on to praise the wider focus of the organisation and its unifying ambition. Its Director of Corporate Nick Hart says: “The diversity of the new Board is encouraging because it reflects how the video and AV markets are deeply ingrained in the events industry. We’re hoping that the new board will bend the ear of government and convince them to pay more attention to the staggering importance and economic value of the UK events industry.”
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