Eventia elects new board members

Patrick Collins was appointed chairman of the Eventia board yesterday at the event industry association’s AGM. Collins' vice-chair role, which he has held for the past year, will be taken over by Grass Roots Group director of events services Mark Taylor. Other newly elected board members include: Banks Sadler CEO Leigh Jagger; World Events sales and marketing director Mark Saxby; Eventwise managing director of services, Peter Jackson; and Cath Couzens, director of Perception Sales & Marketing. Event Assured managing director Brian Kirsch was re-elected to the board, while outgoing chairman TRO’s Rob Allen will remain on the board and continue to handle the association’s finances. Board members stepping down this year are Dana Lewis, Martin Parry and John Walker, and former chairman, Motivcom executive director Nigel Cooper. In his first speech as chairman, Collins announced his support for the merger of Eventia with BACD, which is still pending, and hinted at partnerships with other associations in the future. “I think it’s a really good thing for the two associations and for the industry as a whole,” he said. “There are about two dozen associations in this industry and I don’t think that is the best thing for it. We should be looking for more consolidation in the future with the right partners as that’s the only way we’re going to get a really strong voice for our industry.” Eventia also revealed that it made a surplus of £407 for the financial year 2007-08, and has added 21 new members since 1 January this year, including 11 new agency members, taking total membership to 271.

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