Independent venue group Conferences Centres of Excellence (CCE) has named Steven Crawford, Centre Director at Buckinghamshire's Missenden Abbey conference centre as its new chairman.
Crawford takes over the role at the end of October from Tim Willows, finance director and general manager at the Wilton Park conference centre in Sussex. Willows became chairman in June, but has since learned he is moving to a new role with the venue's parent company and will no longer have responsibility for the venue.
CCE has 36 member venues and Crawford becomes chairman the group looks to grow its membership base further Anthony Lishman also named as its first executive director in August.
"I welcome the opportunity to make a contribution to our consortium," Crawford said. "Anthony's appointment has brought new energy to our activities and will help enhance our position as the largest supplier of dedicated meeting space in the UK."