Barbican and HBAA partner on mentoring scheme

London arts and conference venue Barbican has partnered with the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) for an initiative offering support to rising talent in the meetings, conference and events industry.

Jackie Boughton, head of sales at Barbican
Jackie Boughton, head of sales at Barbican

A steering group of industry experts and rising stars came together as part of Business Visits and Events Partnership's National Events Month to formulate how the scheme would work for the benefit of all.

The group included: Chris Parnham, Absolute Corporate Events; Jacqui Kavanagh, Trinity Event Solutions; Juliet Price, HBAA; Sue Burgess, BCD M&I; Angie Mason, Absolute Corporate Events; Paul Martins, Cavendish Conference Venues; Rajesh Vohra, Sarova Hotels; and Jackie Boughton and Rowan Lingard from the Barbican.

"The industry has a wealth of talent, both from those who have spent many years working in events and the younger generation just starting out in their career. The idea is to create an industry-wide platform where people can share their experience and provide advice and guidance to those who will shape the industry going forward," said Jackie Boughton, head of sales at Barbican.

An online survey will be used to establish how the scheme would be best formatted to ensure it can be of most benefit to those it is aimed at.

Chris Parnham, chair of the HBAA and managing director of Absolute Corporate Events added: "This is a great example of how the two generation extremes, the most experienced to the least experienced, can share knowledge to drive new success.

"I've been pleasantly surprised at how willing the industry experts are to share the secrets of their success in order to help the next generation to create their own. It's doubly exciting that we could be talking about association collaboration and I hope we can unite the whole industry."

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