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Industry leading Advisory Board looks to the Meetings Shows future

The Meetings Show’s Advisory Board met recently at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre to review the 2014 show, provide feedback and offer insight for 2015.  New members of the board for 2015 include Caroline MacKenzie, Commercial Director, Contendam; Kate Conway, Events Manager, Hyundai Motor UK; Louise Goalen, Head of Travel & Venue Finding, Ashfield Meeting & Events; Douglas O'Neil, Managing Director, Inntel Ltd; Carlotta Ferrari, President, Italia Convention Bureau; and Steen Møller, Head of Business Events, VisitDenmark.

The Advisory Board, which includes a host of domestic and international industry leaders, including representatives from both the supply and demand side of the sector, exists to critique and challenge The Meetings Show’s organising team, improving the event for all involved.

“We are an integral part of the show,” comments Christian Mutschlechner, Director, Vienna Convention Bureau.  “Our last meeting in February included a range of suggestions for the 2014 show.  Not only did we see many of them delivered on site but our meeting provided an opportunity to understand the ongoing success of The Meetings Show and its rapid rise to become the sector’s leading show in the UK.”

The Meetings Show’s Event Director, Steve Knight responded: “Once again we are grateful to the Board for their time and input.  This most recent meeting was a powerful endorsement of our success to date and the board pointed out a number of areas where we could continue to develop the show, confirming its place as the UK’s market leader.  Our board is deliberately made up from strong and successful individuals, their advice is invaluable, their impact significant and we look forward to delivering their most recent recommendations.”

The makeup of The Meeting Show’s Advisory Board changes from time to time to reflect the developing needs of the show as well as the availability of its members who give their time voluntarily. 

First time board member and Commercial Director of Contendam, Caroline MacKenzie comments: “It is a real privilege to join The Meetings Show’s Advisory Board.  As the show continues to grow and respond to the needs of our market it is vital leaders continue to offer their insight and support.  It is rare such a high profile group of individuals gather together for the sake of a single industry initiative and I look forward to seeing the development of the ideas discussed yesterday.”

The current Advisory Board includes:
·         Paul Kennedy MBE, Director and Owner, Kennedy Integrated Solutions
·         Sally Greenhill, Managing Director, The Right Solution
·         Linda Pereira, Executive Director, CPL Events (Portugal)
·         Christian Mutschlechner, Director, Vienna Convention Bureau
·         Ian Taylor, Commercial Director, Marketing Birmingham
·         Tracy Halliwell, Director of Business Tourism & Major Events, London and Partners
·         Kerrin MacPhie, Director of Sales, ACC Liverpool
·         Juliet Price, Executive Director, HBAA
·         Caroline MacKenzie, Commercial Director, Contendam
·         Kate Conway, Events Manager, Hyundai Motor UK
·         Louise Goalen, Head of Travel & Venue Finding, Ashfield Meeting & Events
·         Douglas O'Neil, Managing Director, Inntel Ltd
·         Carlotta Ferrari, President, Italia Convention Bureau
·         Steen Møller, Head of Business Events, VisitDenmark

Organised by Centaur Exhibitions, The Meetings Show is a major event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

The Meetings Show is a major event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, organised by Centaur Exhibitions and taking place 7-9 July 2015 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education.

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