MPI unveils Vanessa Cotton Scholarship winner at ibtm world

MPI United Kingdom & Ireland (MPI UK&I) Chapter has announced the winner of the fifth Vanessa Cotton Scholarship.

Marali Kempthorne was presented with the awards at the MPI booth at ibtm world, Barcelona.

The scholarship, created in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton, recognises the industry’s brightest and best young graduates and undergraduates studying for event management degrees across the country.

Kempthorne is in her final year studying BA Events Management at Coventry University.

She was selected from 72 entries, the highest number of applications received in the five year history. Judges were impressed by the volume and variety of Marali’s work experience, in addition to her obvious passion for and understanding of the events industry.

The judging pane included Viki Stapleton from Schroders, Robert Quayle from AstraZeneca, Olivier Vallee from 2Heads and Fay Sharpe from Zibrant.

For the first time, judges opted to award second and third place positions to reflect the high standards. Second place was awarded to Noemi La Torre from University of Greenwich and third place to Dominika Zaton from Sheffield Hallam University.

Jane Baker, MPI UK&I President Elect, said: “The volume and calibre of entries we’ve received bodes very well for employers in the sector with a huge number of talented young professionals preparing to join the events industry. We’re delighted to have been able to recognise just a few of them with our Scholarship award.”

Olivier Vallee of 2Heads, said: “Marali was a standout winner for me. Her entry was able to demonstrate active learning through event-related voluntary work as well as more structured experience gained through work placements. Her entry was persuasive when explaining the benefits she could bring to a future employer and I’m sure she can look forward to a successful career in the events sector”

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