Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, is set to take on the position of chair from October 2012, but Rees is hoping to be voted as a representative for Icca Venues Sector in October.
Rees told C&IT: "I've put myself up for election as a co-chair of the Venue Sector, so I'm hoping people vote for me. I've absolutely loved my time at Icca and felt it was a good time to let someone else with equal enthusiasm take on the role."
Rees has been one of the longest serving chairs of the UK & Ireland Chapter. "I’m incredibly proud of the work our committee has done in developing the Icca UK & Ireland Chapter," said Rees. "During the recession our association has remained totally relevant and, most of all, Iccacontinues to deliver measurable ROI for its members."
The Chapter has seen membership grow over the last few years. Rees’s tenure has also seen the Chapter lead the way in working alongside other UK associations and with Icca partners in different territories around the globe. The Icca Rankings have become a key measurement for destination and city marketing across the UK & Ireland and helped project the Chapter as a leading voice on behalf of the industry.
MacPhie said: "James leaves Icca UK & Ireland Chapter in a really strong place, and it’s exciting to be taking on the role looking positively to the future despite the challenging trading environment for our members. I’d like to thank him on behalf of the board for the passion and commitment he has shown to the Chapter."
Rees will continue to be involved in Icca on both a domestic and international level. He said: "Being chair of the UK & Ireland Chapter has been a genuine honour, but it’s also been rewarding to work so closely with my peers. I continue to be a massive supporter and fan of the association and wish Kerrin the best of luck, she’ll bring a great combination of experience, enthusiasm and innovation to the Chapter and it will be in safe hands under her stewardship."