Eden Hotel Collection was one of the big winners, scooping three gongs at the The Meetings Industry Association (mia) 2016 miaList awards. The awards were presented at a recent lunch at Park Plaza Victoria, London.
The awards, launched in 2011, celebrate outstanding and passionate individuals from the meetings, hospitality and events industry who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Leigh Jagger chief executive officer of global event management agency Banks Sadler, was awarded the Leadership title. Appointed CEO in 2007, she has grown her team from 40 to more than 280 employees across eight different offices.
The Rising Star award was presented to Jade Day, sales and events co-ordinator at Whittlebury Hall, while the Conference and Events title was presented to Stewart Elder, director of banquets and events at Fairmont St Andrews.
Front of House was scooped by Helen Hickmore, head receptionist at Buckland Tout Saints – part of the Eden Hotel Collection and the Sales category was awarded to Suzanne Draper, business development manager, also at Eden Hotel Collection.
Back of House was secured by the QEII Centre’s AV project manager Steven Mann and the Marketing accolade was awarded to Laura Jefferies, marketing assistant at Twickenham Experience.
Abhjeet Dasalkar, head chef at The Arden Hotel – part of the Eden Hotel Collection – scooped the Food and Beverage Production title.
Destination Bristol emerged from a short list that included seven venues to be crowned Team of the Year.
Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “The miaList is about recognising the incredible and inspiring talent within our industry and we were delighted with the huge number of entrants. The 2016 winners certainly showcase some of the sectors’ exceptional individuals who have stood out over the last 12 months for their dedication, innovation, leadership and commitment to the events industry.”