ESSA appoints new chairperson

Martin Cairns announced as new ESSA chair after serving as board member for nine years and vice-chair for two years.

Martin Cairns has been announced as the new chair of the Event Suppliers and Services Association, following on from Chris Criscione. 

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director, formally welcomed Cairns to the role, saying "Martin is a vociferous and enthusiastic champion of ESSA and the industry we all stand for.

"His desire to meet challenges in a collegiate and practical way, and his passion for change, will be great assets to the work of the ESSA board, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome him to the role of Chair."

ESSA is run by its members through an elected council of representatives, specialist working groups and a full-time secretariat, which it shares with the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and Association of Event Venues (AEV). 

Cairns said: "ESSA has achieved a great deal over the last 10 years and has really found its voice in the industry.

"It's my hope that I can help drive the association on with greater recognition outside the industry, building the reputation of ESSA members through accreditation and shared expertise, and providing the benefits and support members will need now and in the future."

ESSA is a trade association representing contractors and suppliers of goods and services to the exhibition industry. 

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