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