New MPI UK & Ireland board ‘to reflect industry diversity’

Meetings Professionals International (MPI) UK & Ireland has announced a new 10-strong board of directors for its 2016-17 year, which kicked off on 1 July 2016.

The association promised a mixed calendar of chapter educational and networking events for the year.

Commercial director at 2Heads agency, Jane Baker, takes over as chapter president and Richard Parker (Healthcare American Express M&E) continues his board involvement as past president.

Baker said a number of new global and local initiatives were on track to launch in the coming months, as a result of membership feedback. The idea, she said, was to “offer flexibility and added value for MPI members”.

This year’s board has a 50/50 gender split, which Baker added would “ensure the leadership team reflects the fantastic diversity of the UK & Ireland events industry”.

Deborah Kelly, business development manager, UK for London & Partners and newly appointed VP communications for MPI, said: “We all have a part to play in developing our industry and making it even greater. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute to the UK and Ireland Chapter of MPI and I look forward to working with all the board members to promote MPI’s activity to our members.”

The new board structure in full:

President – Jane Baker, 2Heads

Past president – Richard Parker, American Express M&E

VP education – Jackie Mulligan, UK Centre for Events Management

Deputy VP education – Sue Massey, Grass Roots Meetings & Events

VP finance – Tarquin Scadding-Hunt, MD Group

VP communications – Deborah Kelly, London & Partners

VP membership – Richard Allchild, IMEX Group

Deputy VP membership – Adam Said, TFI Group

Deputy VP communications – Judy Elvey, Cvent

Chapter manager – Hamish Reid, Cordate Solutions

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