Boynton, who is head of sales and marketing at Loughborough University’s conference brand Imago, has taken over the position from the University of Kent’s residences and conference manager Kevin Stuckey.
"With the promised funding cuts, hospitality and conferencing arms of UK universities are going to be put under more pressure so support from organisations such as Venuemasters will be vital in the year ahead," said Boynton, who has been a director of the consortium since 2008.
Birmingham Conference and Events general manager Julie Zacaroli and Queen Mary, University of London’s marketing and communications executive Simon Barlow were also elected to the board.
Alison Langridge, who is conference services manager at King’s College London, stood down, along with Stuckey.
Venuemasters chief executive Terry Billingham said: "I’d like to congratulate Emma on her appointment as chairman and to welcome Simon and Julie on to the board. Enquiries are on the increase as more event organisers look for great value venue options, so it’s a great opportunity for academic venues to capitalise on this."