Business director, venue finding at Ashfield Meetings & Events, Louise Goalen becomes association vice-chair and will support next year’s chair Leigh Cowlishaw with her plans for the association throughout 2016. Louise will also continue her role as chair of the HBAA events committee.
Alison Makosz, director of sales, MICE at The Belfry Hotel & Resort and Village – The Hotel Club, continues her involvement with the HBAA by taking the role of venue vice-chair. Alison will continue to support the membership executive committee as chair, as well as backing new venue chair Dawn Jaynes.
Louise Goalen said, “I feel honoured to have been elected as vice-chair of the HBAA for 2016. The association is very close to my heart as I have been working in the venues and events sector for over 20 years. The executive committee is hugely passionate about our industry and value the partnership with our member venues and ensuring we are represented as the voice of our industry.”
Alison Makosz added, “I am thrilled to be venue vice-chair for 2016 and to see the association progress even more in the next couple of years. I believe that the HBAA is integral to our industry and to be involved in the evolution of it is going to challenging, but I’m looking forward to the journey and supporting our members in achieving their objectives.”
Juliet Price, HBAA consultant executive director concluded, “We are delighted to announce Louise and Alison as our incoming vice-chairs. Their combined expertise, knowledge and time spent working with the association will undoubtedly prove great support for Leigh and Dawn next year. It’s great to have them onboard to help with the future strategic development of the association, as we are eager to build on the work and results of this last year.”
The announcements coincide with Leigh Cowlishaw taking over from Jacqui Kavanagh as HBAA chair following the association’s annual dinner on 14 January 2016 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.