Eventia-IVCA names executive team

Eventia-IVCA has officially announced its new executive team, with representatives from across the events industry.

Simon Hughes and Dale Parmenter, Eventia-IVCA
Simon Hughes and Dale Parmenter, Eventia-IVCA

The board consists of Marco Forgione, CEO of IVCA, who continues his role and takes the reigns of the newly merged association with support from chairman, Dale Parmenter, DRP Group.

Joint vice chairs are Emma Cashmore from Axis Travel Marketing, and Steve Garvey, StreamUK.

Simon Hughes from MCH Associates has the role of immediate past chair.

The association will also announce a new name and brand at the IVCA awards later this month.

The board's appointments aim to represent the different areas of the events industry, with Parmenter representing agencies, Hughes representing the corporate and government markets, Cashmore the supplier and venue sector and Garvey the creative and visual arena.

Parmenter said: "This is the culmination of three years in the planning to create a new exciting association. Already requests for new members and interest in Eventia-IVCA is growing way beyond our expectations; it’s all very positive."

The body is aiming to establish itself as a leading industry association in its field through focussed trade missions to reach further into international markets, while still building on the work it already does in the UK in terms of lobbying for the industry.

Eventia-IVCA CEO Forgione this week called for the Government to enforce 'strict new rules' on 90-day payment terms to help SMEs.

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