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The Meetings Show UK Advisory Board announced


Meetings Show UK has revealed details of its Advisory Board, which includes industry experts from around the world.

Paul Kennedy MBE, Strategic Advisor to The Meetings Show UK and Chairman of the Advisory Board explains: “Credibility and expertise were the two most important words used as we drew up our shortlist for the Advisory Board and Educational Panel. It is vital we bring together a group of respected industry leaders who act for the benefit of exhibitors and visitors – seeking ways to deliver the best possible show for all involved.  We are delighted to have brought together so many highly respected individuals and look forward to an inaugural meeting that truly sees the brightest stars in the industry working towards a common goal.”

The Advisory Board will meet several times a year both in person and virtually, bringing together their wealth of experience, ideas and strategic understanding of the meetings industry.  In addition, an Education Panel chaired by Sally Greenhill of The Right Solution is due to be announced shortly.

The Meetings Show UK Advisory Board consists of:

  1. Paul Kennedy MBE, Strategic Advisor to the Meetings Show UK / Chairman Centaur Travel Group

  2. Sally Greenhill, Managing Director, The Right Solution

  3. Jane Longhurst, Chief Executive, The Meetings Industry Association

  4. Linda Pereira, Executive Director, CPL Events (Portugal)

  5. Christian Mutschlechner, Director, Vienna Convention Bureau

  6. Peter Ducker, Executive Director, HBAA

  7. Carole McKellar, Executive Director, Europe, Helms Briscoe

  8. Fiona Chappell, Director Business Development – Europe, Melbourne Convention and Visitor Bureau

  9. Ian Taylor, Commercial Director, Marketing Birmingham

  10. Tracy Halliwell, Director of Business Tourism and Major Events, London and Partners

  11. Paul Simpson, Managing Director, Visit Manchester

  12. Kerrin MacPhie, Director of Sales, ACC Liverpool

CPL Events (Portugal), Executive Director and Advisory Board member Linda Pereira comments: “I know first-hand how important and impacting it is to have meeting industry professionals on an advisory board. The fact that hands on professionals are directly involved in crafting the show is in itself a guarantee that it will be tailored to today’s industry needs and will also address specifically exhibitor and visitor needs.”

Kerrin MacPhie, Director of Sales, ACC Liverpool comments: “We are delighted that the UK meetings industry will benefit from a new hosted buyer led show. Centaur has the opportunity to deliver an uncompromising hosted buyer proposition which ticks all of our boxes in terms of showcasing both Liverpool and ACC Liverpool’s product to quality buyers.  We look forward to being a part of this exciting opportunity for the industry.”

Paul Simpson, Managing Director of Visit Manchester comments “Manchester, as a destination, has one of the strongest conference offers; and meetings and events are integral to Manchester’s success as a city. I am thrilled to have been invited to join the Advisory Board for The Meetings Show UK.”

The Meetings Show UK’s inaugural event will take place during week commencing 8 July, 2013 at Olympia, London.


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