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Former HBAA chair joins Black Box

Leigh Cowlishaw, former director of proposition, accommodation and meetings at Capita Travel and Events, has joined consultancy Black Box Partnerships, as managing partner, specialising in accommodation, meetings and events.

Commenting on the move, Cowlishaw says: “I’m delighted to join Black Box, a thriving business with an outstanding reputation, ambition, and a really strong team. We’re a great match because we share the same values; providing customers with insight and knowledge to drive stronger businesses with long term vision. The accommodation and MICE industries are facing many challenges and fast-paced change. This means big prospects for its suppliers and agencies, so now is the perfect time to join Black Box and make sure our clients benefit.”

Raj Sachdave MCIPS, managing partner, Black Box, added: “Leigh will play a vital role in shaping our business strategy, across EMEA. She is incredibly well networked, with a strong and influential leadership role in the accommodation, meetings and events arena; we’re super excited about the new opportunities she brings to Black Box and our clients.”

Cowlishaw has over 20 years’ experience in accommodation, meetings and events. Prior to Black Box, she led the management of supplier partnerships at Capita Travel and Events where she created mutual value through accommodation, meetings and events procurement processes, shaped the company proposition in these areas, and led a key customer relationship. Before joining Capita, Leigh spent eight years with Banks Sadler (now part of AMEX GBT) as European account director.

An MIA (Meetings Industry Association) List award winner in 2018, Leigh is past chair and current board member of the HBAA, where she continues to champion mental health as an association initiative. She helped build and launch the GTMC’s conferences, events and meetings steering group, and is on the advisory board of The Meetings Show.