Director of supplier partnerships at Capita Travel and Events, Leigh Cowlishaw becomes association vice-chair with the objective of supporting new chair Jacqui Kavanagh with her plans for the association throughout 2015. Leigh will also continue her work with the Executive Committee as chair of the technology, innovation and sustainability committee.
Dawn Jaynes, director of sales for Mercure & Mice UK – Accor UK & Ireland, continues her involvement with the HBAA by taking the role of venue vice-chair. Dawn stepped in to lead the venue membership for the latter part of last year following the departure of the venue chairman and will be her first full year as venue vice-chair. Dawn will support venue chair Hayley Stokes with growing membership, before stepping into the role herself in 2016.
Leigh Cowlishaw said, “I’m really looking forward to the coming year as association vice-chair. It will be great to have this opportunity to work on implementing Jacqui’s new strategy. We’ve built an exciting Executive Committee and knowing the attitude and dedication of the HBAA membership, we will continue to drive the association forwards and shape it for the future in line with the industry and technology developments.”
Dawn Jaynes added, “I’ve been heavily involved with the HBAA for numerous years and the past few months have given me a great insight into understanding what our venue members want from the association. I’m very much looking forward to hitting the ground running and helping Hayley to achieve her objectives.”
Chris Parnham, HBAA chair concluded, “We are thrilled that Leigh and Dawn will be bringing their unrivalled experience and influence to these key positions within the HBAA’s Executive Committee. We’re continuing to see growth across the association and will be looking to build on the tremendous work and results achieved last year. 2015 is looking to be our biggest and best year as we develop ongoing membership numbers and benefits which I’m positive the new committee team will deliver.”
The announcements coincide with Jacqui Kavanagh taking over from Chris Parnham as HBAA chair following the association’s annual dinner on 16 January.