Cowlishaw, who is director of supplier partnerships at Capita Travel and Events, will support new HBAA chair Jacqui Kavanagh with her plans for the association. She will also continue to work with the executive committee as chair of the technology, innovation and sustainability committee.
"It will be great to have this opportunity to work on implementing Jacqui’s new strategy," said Cowlishaw. "We’ve built an exciting executive committee and, knowing the attitude and dedication of the HBAA membership, we will continue to drive the association forwards and shape it for the future in line with the industry and technology developments."
Director of sales for Mercure & Mice UK – Accor UK & Ireland, Dawn Jaynes, will support current HBAA venue chair Hayley Stokes with growing the group’s membership, before assuming the role of chair herself in 2016.
Jaynes said: "I’ve been heavily involved with the HBAA for numerous years and the past few months have given me a great insight into understanding what our venue members want from the association. I’m very much looking forward to hitting the ground running and helping Hayley achieve her objectives."
HBAA chair Chris Parnham said: "We are thrilled that Leigh and Dawn will be bringing their unrivalled experience and influence to these key positions within the HBAA’s executive committee.
"2015 is looking to be our biggest and best year as we develop ongoing membership numbers and benefits, which I’m positive the new committee team will deliver."
Jacqui Kavanagh will take over from Chris Parnham as HBAA chair after the association’s annual dinner on 16 January.