BVEP elects new chairperson

The Business Visits & Events Partnership has also set up a new executive committee to advocate for the industry.

Simon Hughes
Simon Hughes

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the advocacy group for the UK events industry, has elected Simon Hughes to be its new chair.

Hughes, previously vice-chair of the BVEP, replaces Michael Hirst OBE, who has served as chair since 1999.  

Hirst will continue to chair the UK Events Industry Board and will join the partnership’s new executive committee, which also consists of Chris Skeith, treasurer; Caroline Jackson, membership and Nick Morgan, commercial and sponsorship. 

Hughes said: “The obvious challenges we all face at the moment means that collaboration, clear communication and a relentless focus on ensuring that our collective voice is both heard and acted upon is now more important than ever.” 

Hirst added: “I am delighted that Simon will be leading the Partnership to even greater success in promoting the causes of the UK Events Industry during this very testing time. He has enormous experience within the industry and is highly regarded for his leadership.” 

It was also announced this week that The Meetings Industry Association (MIA) and Meetings Professionals International UK & Ireland (MPI) have re-joined the BVEP, bringing the total number of full partners to 28.

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