Deutsche Bank and Shell among corporates in new peer group

A corporate event professionals group based on a US model is expanding in the UK after attracting brands including Lloyds TSB, Shell International, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan.

COPE to expand in the UK following successful US model
COPE to expand in the UK following successful US model

The Council of Protocol Executives (COPE), which was founded in New York in 1988, has launched in London and aims to bring together senior members of the corporate events industry to share knowledge and drive professionalism.

A steering committee has been formed and is headed by chair Elisabeth Kaufman DeTone, who is logistics manager at financial publisher Institutional Investor and was previously on the board of the US association.

Barclays and Apax Partners

Other committee members include Ann Palmer, Barclays Capital's head of events for EMEA/UK, and Penny Goldsmith, who is head of events for private equity investment company Apax Partners.

Kaufman DeTone told C&IT she thought there was a "great opportunity in the London market" for COPE.

"We used our current US members to encourage their event counterparts in their London offices to get involved and this is how we launched the chapter over here," she added.

Networking sessions

Six educational networking sessions have been held by the group, covering topics including sustainability and the Olympics, and attracting up to 50 corporate event professionals. Smaller leadership dinners for heads of departments are also planned.

Attendees have included Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Philips Electronics, and Aviva.

In-house event planners

Kaufman DeTone said the group was run by in-house event planners, with assistance from First Protocol, to avoid a "sales environment".

"We encourage networking among our peers, similar to an exclusive members' club, so that we can build relationships and share best practice, ideas and learning," said Kaufman.

The next meeting will tackle social media for events and be held on 13 December. Email copeorguk@aol.co.uk for details.

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