Eventia announces new board for 2007-9

Trade association Eventia has announced details of its new board to serve for the 2007 to 2009 period. The six newly elected members are: Aileen Reuter, Maritz; Mark Taylor, Grass Roots UK; John Walker, Oxford International; Jonathan Cohen, Visit Denmark; Gary England, Sodexho Prestige; and Matt Storey, Gallowglass. Eventia board members serve for a two-year term on a rotational basis, with an option to stand for re-election – both Cohen and Walker exercised this option. The results of the ballot were announced at today at Eventia’s annual general meeting, at the Intercontinental London Hyde Park. “This year we had 12 strong candidates competing for the six vacant seats, making it a hotly-contested election,” said Eventia executive director Izania Downie. “It’s really gratifying that so many people have shown an interest in joining the board, and testament to Eventia’s growing popularity and profile.” Downie added that Cohen and Walker have a “fantastic track record for diligently working on the board and representing members’ interests”. In addition to the newly elected board members, a further six remain on the Eventia board for their second year of office. They are: Rob Allen, TRO; Patrick Collins, Universal; Brian Kirsch, Event Assured; Dana Lewis, Accor Hotels; Martin Parry, World Events and Nigel Cooper, P&MM. Cooper retires as chairman this year, but serves his second year as an elected board member. The first duty of the 2007-8 board will be to conduct an internal election to see which of the existing board (as opposed to newly-elected members) will be Cooper’s successor. The identity of the new chair will be announced at Eventia’s summer conference, taking place on 1-3 July in Windsor. He or she will then assume office with immediate effect. Meanwhile, Roger Harvey, former chairman of Eventia’s forerunner – the Incentive Travel and Meetings Association – has stepped down from Eventia’s regulatory committee. Harvey, who is an event industry consultant, said: “Over the years, the regulatory committee has assisted in raising the industry’s profile to Government departments and has been particularly effective since the appointment of parliamentary advisor John Greenway MP. I have now reached a stage where I no longer have to follow legislative developments on a day-to-day basis and so the time has come to pass the baton on to others who are closer to the action.” Downie confirmed that Harvey would be replaced although no formal election will take place. Eventia members are eligible to fill the position.

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