BVEP plans leadership restructure

Eventia chairman Simon Hughes and MPI UK and Ireland president Samme Allen are among four new vice-chairs appointed at the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP).

BVEP chairman Michael Hirst will be supported by four vice-chairs
BVEP chairman Michael Hirst will be supported by four vice-chairs

The new structure with four vice-chairs will support the work of chairman Michael Hirst.

Hirst was appointed chairman of the Tourism Alliance in July for a 12-month term and told C&IT that the aim of the new BVEP structure was to "spread the load a little".

In a steering group meeting being held today (30 October), the roles and responsibilities of the four vice-chairs will be determined.

The BVEP vice chairs are:

Simon Hughes – Eventia chairman

Samme Allen – MPI UK and Ireland Chapter president

Richard Foulkes – ISES Board of Governors member

Chris Skeith – Association of Event Venues director

Hirst said: "The members of the BVEP should have a greater amount of direct responsibility and this will mean we have more hands on deck."

He added that the Tourism Alliance has an "even stronger relationship" with government departments, and has already had one meeting with Hugh Robertson, the minister for sport and tourism.

"I was carrying the torch for the tourism industry, but also the business events industry," said Hirst. "I am there to represent all of tourism’s interests and I think we stand a very good chance of getting a better hearing than we have done in the past."

Eventia’s Hughes added: "We are hoping we can really determine a way of keeping that lobbying activity going.

BVEP has a total of 20 member organisations, including London & Partners, the HBAA, and Site.

 

 

 

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