New ILEA president takes office

Carlo Zoccali has taken over as president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) following the organisation’s presentation of it’s End of Term Report for the live events industry. The report was presented to ILEA members last month, at an industry showcase at DSTRKT, in London’s West End, which saw over 140 industry professionals enjoy a showcase of all things ILEA.

Joining Carlo’s board will be Rui Cruz Alves (TFI Group), Georgia Toppin (The Barbican), Mark Stormont (Stormont Events), Caitlin Kobrak (George P Johnson), Mark Maher (Boulevard Events), Darren Bandoo (industry photographer), Hannah Luffman (Unicorn Events), Selina Donald (The Bulb), Kevin Jackson (Live! magazine), Robert Dunsmore, and Jason Allan Scott (The Guest List), as the association looks to continue its promise to represent the very best of the experiential industry; be it venues, agencies or suppliers.

In his opening address, Zoccali committed to take on the vision set out by the association in 2016, which carried on through last year’s Presidential year under Alistair Turner. The board will once again be committed to representing the part of the events industry that best understands its value to business and brands.

“No one is talking about the industry in the way we are, or representing the future growth of the industry in the same way,” commented Carlo. “We want to make sure we keep on offering the best experiences for members, but also to be at the cutting edge of industry trends, conversation and growth.”

In his parting words, Turner underlined ILEA’s support for industry wellness, and the association’s leadership in the forthcoming campaign to address mental health and wellbeing issues within the events community.

“This is the industry’s darkest little secret and we need to blow it wide open,” commented Alistair. “In the past few months we’ve heard from so many event professionals that are really struggling in this area. Every time we bring the issue up we hear even more. It’s a major issue and one we want to bring to light, and help the industry address.”

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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