HBAA unveil 2016 association vice-chairs

Industry association the HBAA has unveiled Louise Goalen and Alison Makosz as its association and venue vice-chairs, respectively.

Business director, venue finding at Ashfield Meetings & Events, Goalen will support next year’s chair Leigh Cowlishaw with her plans for the association throughout 2016, while continuing her role as chair of the HBAA events committee.

She said: “I feel honoured to have been elected as vice-chair of the HBAA for 2016. The association is very close to my heart as I have been working in the venues and events sector for over 20 years. The executive committee is hugely passionate about our industry and value the partnership with our member venues and ensuring we are represented as the voice of our industry.”

Alison Makosz, director of sales, MICE at The Belfry Hotel & Resort and Village – The Hotel Club, continues her involvement with the HBAA and will continue to support the membership executive committee as chair, as well as backing new venue chair Dawn Jaynes.

Makosz added: “I am thrilled to be venue vice-chair for 2016 and to see the association progress even more in the next couple of years. I believe that the HBAA is integral to our industry and to be involved in the evolution of it is going to challenging, but I’m looking forward to the journey and supporting our members in achieving their objectives.”

Juliet Price, HBAA consultant executive director welcomed both incoming vice-chairs and said: “Their combined expertise, knowledge and time spent working with the association will undoubtedly prove great support for Leigh and Dawn next year. It’s great to have them onboard to help with the future strategic development of the association, as we are eager to build on the work and results of this last year.”

Leigh Cowlishaw will take over from Jacqui Kavanagh as HBAA chair following the association’s annual dinner on 14 January 2016 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The HBAA was formed in 1997 and has 80 agencies and 208 venue organisations as members.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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