Mark Chambers appointed mia chairman as association announces new board and surplus

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has restructured its Executive Board and appointed Eden Hotel Collection’s group MD Mark Chambers as its new chairman.

At its AGM, held at during International Confex, 2 March, the mia also appointed Jonathan Morris, commercial director at No.11 Cavendish Square, as vice-chairman for 2016/17.

Chambers succeeds Andrew Mosley, general manager of The Grand Brighton, who remains on the Executive Board as immediate past chairman.

The Executive Board will be supported by a new Development Board made up of elected council members, responsible for developing and leading projects to deliver the association’s objectives, as set by the Executive Board.

An Operations Board will complete the governance and resources oversight and support for the Executive Board, composed of elected and appointed Council Officers, together with the chief executive.

Speaking of his new role, Chambers said: “Our new Executive Board is made up of some of the most experienced talents in the hospitality and events industries, ably supported by Development and Operations Boards. “Appointing this group of professionals creates a newly empowered voice to raise the profile of the work we do with and on behalf of members and the industry. We’ve got lots to look forward to this year and are pushing ahead with more events, more marketing and more sector insight to grow the value of membership.”

Also at the AGM, treasurer Michael Stott announced a positive outcome to the association’s financial year (September 2014 – August 2015), with a year-end net surplus.

Reflecting on key highlights of the year, chief executive Jane Longhurst said: “We’re well positioned to deliver improved benefits and services to our members, having achieved strong and stable financial performance this year. Growth came from events and exhibitions, which demonstrates a pleasing increase in member engagement. It is also testament to the relevance and value of our marketing and events programmes to our members’ business needs.

“During the past 12 years, as an executive team, we have put in place first-class processes to manage membership services and they are now so robust and fit for purpose that they have become a commodity.

“With the support of the Board of Directors, we have launched a subsidiary company to the mia, wholly owned by the mia to deliver membership services to third parties. Membership Support Services (MSS) offers an additional income stream for the MIA and increased funding for future benefits.”

MSS signed its first contract in February 2016, assuming responsibility for managing the day-to-day operation of events and hospitality association the HBAA. The three-year contract includes membership services, finance and bookkeeping, plus provision of marketing support.
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Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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