HBAA announces new chair for 2020

The Hotel Booking Agents Association has made several additions to its senior leadership team.

The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA)  has appointed Lex Butler as chair for 2020.

Currently HBAA vice chair, Lex has over 19 years of’ experience in the MICE industry, having previously worked for global agencies Zibrant and WorldEvents before founding her own agency, Wolf & White, more than five years ago.

Rachael Naylor of IHG will continue as venue member chair, and Andy Woods, account director (MICE) at Millennium & Copthorne will be venue member vice chair.

Carla Garman, director of Abstract Events, is now international committee chair and Jason Cardy, event director at Capital Travel and Events, is the new events committee chair.

LaiHa Daimond, venues & events sales manager at King’s Venues has taken over as membership committee chair from Sian Sayward, head of business travel and supplier partnerships at Inntel. Sian remains on the executive committee as agency member representative.

To develop the next generation legacy, the HBAA’s next generation board is forming its own committee which is to be represented on the executive committee from 1 October.

Butler said: "I’m excited to be leading the team, especially with the addition of the next generation committee, as we drive forward the ongoing regeneration of the industry." 

HBAA has more than 300-member organisations including over 80 agency and 225 venue members who work in the accommodation, meetings and events sector.

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