QHotels looks to youth panels for C&E advice

PwC and Bentley Motors representatives are among the corporate names on specialist conference hotel chain, QHotels’ new advisory panels created to support its conference and events business.

Fiftten companies sent representatives to either the agency Events Prof Panel or the Corporate Events Prof Panel created by QHotels.

Each panellist must have less than five years’ experience in the industry and is expected to explore what is important to the new generation of bookers and organisers.

The panel line ups were finalised following an online application process and the panellists will now take part in a programme of activity this summer to discover what bookers want and need in 2016 and their vision for the future.

The panel line ups are as follows:

Agency professionals Event Profs Panel:

  • Lizzie Thomas, Brief2Event
  • Sophie Holtom, ArrangeMy
  • Maninder Sahota, Compleat Conference Company
  • Bethany Matthewson, Absolute Corporate Events
  • Chloe Hampton, First Choice Conference & Events
  • Chris Smith, DonaldsonDavis Ltd

Corporate bookers Event Profs Panel:

  • Charnelle Merritt, Bentley Motors
  • Barbara Vode, Porterhouse Medical Ltd
  • Elizabeth Rawling, The Travel Network Group
  • Jenni Joynt, Hilti GB
  • Phoebe Benta, Equilibrium
  • Christopher Whelan, PwC
  • Gabbie Vallance, BCMS Corporate Ltd
  • Hannah Hodges, Gorkana
  • Liam Farrelly, Compass Group UK & Ireland Churchill War Rooms

Lizzie Thomas, senior venue vinder at Brief2Event, said: “Joining the panel I want to see how I can improve and make a difference within our ever-changing industry.”

Claire Rowland, director of marketing at QHotels, added: “In line with industry research, we’ve noticed a significant number of new people entering the events industry and this is the first step in going beyond looking at feedback and actually bringing this new audience into our planning process.

“There’s a huge appetite amongst the new generation to have their voices heard and contribute to the future of the C&E industry. Bringing this impressive panel line-up together for the first time will help them to share valuable industry insights from both agency and corporate perspectives with a wider audience, but also help them to build new networks for the future.”

Gabbie Vallance, Event Co-ordinator at BCMS Corporate, said: “The QHotels Event Profs Panel is a fantastic opportunity for my generation of event organisers to meet people within the industry. I’m really looking forward to gaining knowledge as well as putting forward my own ideas for the future of conferencing and events.”

The QHotels portfolio started with two hotels in 2003 and has now grown to 26 hotels. During the first quarter of 2016, QHotels scooped nine VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditations.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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