Following the conclusion of National Events Month, the Barbican, in association with the HBAA, has launched an initiative aimed at mentoring rising talent in the conference and events industry.
As the BVEP’s National Events Month came to an end, a steering group of industry experts and rising stars came together to formulate how the scheme would work.
The steering group included: Chris Parnham from Absolute Corporate Events; Jacqui Kavanagh from Trinity Event Solutions; Juliet Price from the HBAA; Sue Burgess from BCD M&I; Angie Mason from Absolute Corporate Events; Paul Martins from Cavendish Conference Venues; Rajesh Vohra from Sarova Hotels; and Jackie Boughton and Rowan Lingard from the Barbican.
“The industry has a wealth of talent, both from those who have spent many years working in events and the younger generation just starting out in their career,” said Jackie Boughton, Head of Sales at the Barbican. “The idea is to create an industry wide platform where people can share their experience and provide advice and guidance to those who will shape the industry going forward.”
With the support of venuefinder.com, the first step will be to create an online survey to establish what format the scheme should take.
Chris Parnham, Chair of the HBAA and MD at Absolute Corporate Events said: “This is a great example of how the two generation extremes, the most experienced to the least experienced, can share knowledge to drive new success.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how willing the industry experts are to share the secrets of their success in order to help the next generation to create their own. It’s doubly exciting that we could be talking about association collaboration and I hope we can unite the whole industry.”
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