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Next Gen Board shadows Executive Committee in new HBAA initiative

The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) has created a Next Gen Board to shadow its Board and Executive Committee as the first implementation of its central theme for 2019 - supporting ‘the Next Generation’ of event professionals.

Olivia Woolley, national account manager at Hotel and Travel Solutions Ltd, Ryan Doyle, sales manager at the Park Regis Birmingham and Anthony Kwokori, business events account executive at the Barbican, took part in the recent HBAA Board and Executive Committee Meeting at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport.

The initiative is designed to provide young professionals with first-hand boardroom experience to help accelerate their careers and prepare them for future roles in the HBAA.

Describing her experience, Woolley said: “I found the event to be very inspiring! This is a great opportunity to bring the next generation’s ideas to the HBAA, as well as a great opportunity to develop personally in my career and to help others of a similar age bracket. HBAA is a great association to be part of! I’m very excited about the next 8 months!”

Doyle added: “As an industry, we struggle to attract and retain younger talent and being part of the HBAA Next Gen Board, I am committed to giving a voice to the younger generation and providing feedback how we see the industry moving forward.

“The committee meetings are a valuable time to examine association objectives for the next 12 months and to discuss how these aims will be achieved. I am keen to promote the industry as the exciting and diverse employment sector that it is.

HBAA chair Angie Mason concluded: “The Next Gen Board shadow programme represents the first of many initiatives that we are planning to inspire young professionals and to equip and support them with the skills to progress into leadership positions in the organisations they work in, as well as in the HBAA.”