The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has experienced a significant increase in interest from event organisers and industry suppliers looking to join a professional organisation and, as a result, has seen membership grow by 20% in the last year.
The increment is largely 50% in-house Professional Conference Organisers (PCO’s) and 50% independent PCO’s.
Heather Lishman, association director at ABPCO, said: “ABPCO is the UK’s leading organisation that supports, promotes and provides quality within the events industry and it is so encouraging to see such an interest in membership. Our recent focus has been to create more awareness of ABPCO and communicate that members really do benefit from everything the association has to offer and it would be great to get 30 new members in our 30th year!”
New member, Jo Powel who is the strategic events manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “ABPCO provides a great opportunity to meet and engage with other conference organisers and discuss common challenges, news and share ideas. The benefits of being a member are clear to see, not only benefiting from the fantastic reputation and integrity that ABPCO holds within the industry, but also from opportunities for both Macmillan and myself as an event professional to learn and grow. I look forward to attending and being part of future education, networking and business occasions that will arise from our membership.”
The new in-house members that have joined include: Geraint Collingridge (British Geriatrics Society), Jo Powel (Macmillan Cancer Support), Yvonne Szuca (Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation), Gemma Lamb (Royal Society Medicine), Emma Duffy (Royal College of Radiologists), Lindsay McClenaghan (British Society for Rheumatology), Steven Jenkinson (Royal College of Nursing), Hannah Doyle (British Association of Urological Surgeons), Gloria Dwyer (Asset Based Finance Association), Garth Halliday (Renewable UK), Sammy Williams (Stroke Association), Toni Edmonds (British Society for Rheumatology).
The new agency members are Catherine Riley (PCR Medical Associates), Martin Jack (Think Different Events), Sally Hawkes (Kinetix Events Ltd), Nicola Williams (Worldspan plc), Ruth Atterbury (Millbrook Conferences), Rob Eveleigh (American Express), Gayle McGuinn (Speakeasy), Tricia Bryant (Red Hot Irons Ltd), Charlee Gough (MCI Group), Jeanette Oliver (Pangea Events), Suzy Howes (Suzy Howes & Associates Ltd) and Nicola Hardaker (HG3 Conferences Ltd).
In addition, ABPCO has seen three new associate members Charlotte Tanswell (Archer Yates Associates Ltd), Karen Hoey (Happening Conferences & Events) and Rebecca Hoole (Royal College of Nursing).