ABPCO unveils new branding as Jennifer Jenkins becomes Chair

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) unveiled its new corporate branding, website and executive committee at its AGM in London last week.

Newly appointed ABPCO Chair Jennifer Jenkins
Newly appointed ABPCO Chair Jennifer Jenkins

MCI UK Managing Director and former ABPCO vice chair Jennifer Jenkins takes the role of ABPCO Chair, supported by Anthony Hyde, General Manager, Barbican Business Events as Treasurer, replacing ACC Liverpool’s Director of Sales Kerrin MacPhie who steps down from the committee.

Former Chair Michael Foreman will remain on the board in the newly created role of Head of External Relations, while Martin Jack of Glasgow-based PCO Think Different Events, Mike Lyon of Write Style Communications and Scott Taylor, CEO of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau also remain part of ABPCO’s executive committee body.  

Newly appointed board members include Niamh Mangan of the Biochemical Society, ACC Liverpool’s National Sales Manager Stephanie McFarlane and TekEvents Director Nicola Crossland.

ABPCO's new website includes a list of venues offering wi-fi free of charge to delegates, following the association's Conference Cloud campaign, which has seen more than 200 venue sites sign up to the scheme, including some of the UK’s largest convention centres.

The website also includes a regional breakdown of venues, template documents for PCOs and white papers. The site aims to become a portal for industry information and to provide a service to clients looking for PCO support.  

In 2013, ABPCO will focus on Going for Growth and developing the Association for the future through supporting its members’ development.

Jennifer Jenkins said: "I am delighted to be taking on the mantle of Chair at such an exciting time in the history of ABPCO.
"In 2012 we celebrated 25 years of professionalism in conferencing and events; in 2013 we will be looking to the future, working with our members on helping them to achieve growth, in terms of both business and professional development.

"We have a strong board, a healthy membership which continues to grow and an active calendar of events already planned for this year.

"I am looking forward to building on the achievements of ABPCO and Michael Foreman as our immediate past chair to continue the Association’s success in 2013 and beyond."

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