Rogers exits Eventia as Downie cuts hours

Industry association announces management changes

Eventia has today announced major changes to its management structure that will see CEO Izania Downie cut her role to three days a week, while project director Tony Rogers is taking voluntary redundancy.

"We've built up a fantastic team who are more than able to handle the day-to-day management of the association that enables me to make the best use of my time focusing on the front-facing aspects of the role," said Downie.  "While continuing to drive the association forward, I shall also be able to explore business opportunities of my own."

Rogers will leave the industry association at the end of August. "I feel it is the right time for me to pull back from the general activities of the association and I wish to focus on specific projects of personal interest," he said. 

 "I've agreed with the Eventia board that we are keeping the door open for the possibility of working on discrete projects in the future around education and research in particular," continued Rogers.

Eventia's new chairman Mark Taylor commented: "The board very much appreciates the 20 years of experience that Tony has given to the association [the former BACD] and we will be keeping the door open to the possibility of working together in the future."

Taylor added that the new arrangement would enable the association to retain Downie's "strong leadership and drive that are key elements to the success of Eventia".

The Eventia management team will continue to be headed up by marketing services director Tracy Johnson, supported by Harpreet Tumber, membership and marketing services manager, Sarah Malkin, communications manager and Philippa Smith, events and marketing services co-ordinator.

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