Meanwhile, Deborah Kelly, business development manager for UK for London & Partners, has taken on the role of vice president of communications. Richard Parker, director of healthcare at American Express M&E, will continue his board involvement as past president.
Baker said: "The year ahead promises to be a very exciting one for MPI. As a result of membership feedback, we have a number of new global and local initiatives on track to launch in the coming months that will offer flexibility and added value for MPI members. The new UK & Ireland board includes ten experienced industry professionals who will lead these developments. Additionally, this year’s board has a 50/50 gender split, ensuring our leadership team reflects the fantastic diversity of the UK & Ireland events industry".
Kelly added that she was grateful for the opportunity to be part of the new board: "We all have a part to play in developing our industry and making it even greater. I am grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute to the UK and Ireland Chapter of MPI and I look forward to working with all the board members to promote MPI’s activity to our members."
The full board structure is detailed below and will be effective as of 1 July 2016.
President – Jane Baker, 2Heads
Past president - Richard Parker, American Express M&E
VP education –Jackie Mulligan, UK Centre for Events Management
Deputy VP education – Sue Massey, Grass Roots Meetings & Events
VP finance – Tarquin Scadding-Hunt, MD Group
VP communications – Deborah Kelly, London & Partners
VP membership – Richard Allchild, IMEX Group
Deputy VP membership - Adam Said, TFI Group
Deputy VP communications - Judy Elvey, Cvent
Chapter manager – Hamish Reid, Cordate Solutions
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