Meet Cambridge, the official free venue-finding bureau for meetings and events in Cambridge and beyond, has made two changes to its board of directors, including the appointment of a new chair.
Deborah Griffin (pictured) takes the chair following the retirement of Jennifer Brook. A trained accountant, Griffin is bursar at Homerton College and has good experience in finance and the hospitality industry. She has been a member of the board since December 2013.
New to the board is Victoria Espley, bursar of Hughes Hall.
Kelly Vickers, director of Meet Cambridge said: “We are delighted to welcome Deborah as our new chair and Victoria as a new board member at this exciting time in our history. Meet Cambridge was officially launched last November, with a wider remit to provide additional services and to represent venues both in Cambridge and beyond. We are looking forward to benefitting from Deborah and Victoria’s own expertise and experience as we roll out our new strategy.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Jennifer Brook who has been our chair for the last four and a half years. Her commitment and support have been much appreciated and played an important part in the transformation from Conference Cambridge to our wider role as Meet Cambridge.”
Meanwhile, new state-of-the-art conference facilities are to be launched this spring at Jesus College, Cambridge.
West Court at Jesus College will provide a multi-functional auditorium equipped with the latest communications technology to seat up to 180 delegates, a café bar pavilion with an outside terrace and the modern Brewery Room events space. It will also offer 27 luxury hotel-standard bedrooms, which will be available all-year round.
Zoe Stubbings, conference manager at the college said: “This spring is an exciting time for us as we near the completion of West Court. Over the last year we have introduced our clients to the new facilities and received very enthusiastic feedback, as well as bookings for future events.”
Julian Huppert, the director of the new Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, added: “The West Court redevelopment is very impressive. It will be the base for the Intellectual Forum and we look forward to welcoming people from around the University and the wider city, as well as across the country and overseas, to our wide range of events there.”
Jesus College embarked on the West Court development in 2014 by purchasing the Grade-II listed buildings belonging to its neighbours Wesley House. These have now been sensitively refurbished and reconfigured to provide additional facilities.