Board of Directors – MPI UK & Ireland Chapter

 

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Susan Arslan, President

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An MPI Board Member and Member of the MPI Foundation EMEA council, Susan has a leadership role with HelmsBriscoe.  Her role is diverse, providing an active contribution to the EMEA HelmsBriscoe leadership team, recruiting Associates, developing partnership initiatives between industry practitioners and Higher Education providers in support of the student experience, and venue finding consultancy for her client portfolio, for which she was recognised as ‘Rising Star 2017 & 2018’.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an MSc in Psychology and over 20 years operational HR leadership in the HE sector has given Susan expertise in Leadership, Communications, Employee Engagement and Wellbeing, about which she regularly presents at conferences and workshops.

Susan previously served 2 years on the Board as Venue Liaison VP before taking up the position of President Elect.


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Dan Noyce, President Elect

Senior Relationship Manager, IMEX Group

 

As a passionate meetings and events professional, Dan is working with IMEX Group to deliver outstanding trade shows for both IMEX America & IMEX Frankfurt. Alongside working with industry associations to deliver success to this extraordinary industry, such as MPI, where he currently sits on the UK & Ireland Board of Directors as Vice President of Membership.  

Driven to disrupt the status quo, Dan believes strongly in challenging both the new and current generation to advocate change, to collaborate and to evolve the Business Events industry.

As a passionate leader, Dan is committed to encouraging others to be the best versions of themselves. Leading by example and continually learning at every opportunity are skills Dan works hard to improve on every day.

A self-confessed personal development junkie, Dan is always challenging himself to improve and progress in every aspect of his life. A saying Dan has chosen to hold close and to share with others is to start before you are ready, as being ready doesn’t exist.

PCMA 20 in Their Twenties - Class of 2021 award recipient.

 


Judy Elvey

 

Judy Elvey, Immediate Past President

MPI President UK & Ireland Chapter, FF15 Mentor

 

Judy is a strategic, CIM qualified marketing professional with experience in publishing, hospitality and leisure industries. After starting a career in advertising Judy quickly moved into marketing and events. She has over 15 years’ experience in the events industry, having worked as an event organiser, at a venue and for key industry publishers, Mash Media, Centaur and Square Meal. She most recently worked for Cvent Europe as a Marketing Director, Judy is passionate about all things events, whether she is organising them, marketing them or supplying the industry with tools to execute fantastic events! She was part of the launch team for The Meetings Show as well as launching The Exhibition News Awards for Mash Media and more recently bringing Cvent CONNECT Europe to London. Judy is currently President for MPI UK and Ireland chapter and a Fast Forward 15 Mentor.

 

 


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Richard Allchild CMP, Vice President EMEC

Senior Sales Manager, IMEX Group

Richard is currently the Senior Sales Manager for the IMEX Group. Richard has worked at IMEX since 2008 and looks after clients from the USA, Europe and Major Hotel Chains for both IMEX America and IMEX in Frankfurt. Richard graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in History before working for Haymarket Publications in both their London and New York offices. Richard has been a member of MPI for 10 years, volunteering on the membership committee for 2 years before being on the Board for the past 6 years.


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Emma Wellstead, Vice President - Community

Director, Warwick Events

‘Sustainable event management or event greening, as it is also known, shouldn’t be daunting. It’s just thinking about things in a new way.’

Emma Wellstead is the Founding Partner of Warwick Events. Under Emma’s direction the company has recently passed its B Corporation assessment and currently waiting official certification.  This will make Warwick Events the first Event Agency in the UK to become a B Corp; joining the ranks of companies like Innocent Drinks, BrewDog, Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, The Body Shop, Kallo, Activia and many others - all committed to using their businesses as a force for good.

A Cambridge graduate with over 20 years in the event industry, Emma is passionate about the untapped potential events have to do good: for organisers and participants, the local community and the planet.  In her spare time, you’ll find Emma in the garden or on her bike!


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Ciara Feely, Director - Community

Director, Conference Converter

Ciara is the subject matter expert for MPI in the area of sales growth for hotels, agencies and CVBs.  Ciara has been a member of MPI for a number of years having held volunteer positions as President Elect, Director of Education, and VP of Education.  She is also on the MPI International Small Business Advisory Board.

She is described by Jessie States, Director of the MPI Academy as having revolutionised the sales process for hotels, agencies and CVBs around the world.  She runs her own business, based in Cork, Ireland, showing teams how to be leaders in the sales process in the MICE industry.  She brings her warm Irish welcome to everything she does focusing teams on how to get the EDGE on their competitors and generate sustained revenue results faster.

Ciara is a best-selling author of “Steps to WIN in the Meetings Market”. The Steps to WIN™ Program is a framework and methodology that shows teams how the Buyer Buys.  

She is a mother of twins and lives in a little village in Ireland where the native language of Ireland “Gaeilge” is still spoken.  Community is very important to her both in her work and home life.  That is why MPI is a great fit for Ciara. 


David Preston

David Preston, Vice President - Education

CEO, Realise 

David has 25 years of international marketing experience, both client and event agency side. Comfortable suiting up or dressing down. An experienced Blue Chip manager, mentor and coach to individuals and small businesses.

A specialist in Event Marketing, David has worked tirelessly to change the understanding within the world of events from solely creativity to a combination of creativity and accountability. David is passionate about talent development and he delivers conference speeches and workshops across the event industry, raising awareness of the need to build talent and nurture leaders of the future.

As a practicioner of events David utilises his day-to-day experience to shape his opinions and education to ensure it is relevant to today's teams. An avid coach and mentor, David is never happier than encouraging others be the best form of themselves.


Jo Stamp

 

Jo Stamp, Director - Education

Founder & Director, Blue Cow Events Ltd

Jo Stamp is Founder and Director of Blue Cow Events Ltd, where she prides herself on delivering best in class event programmes and event content for her clients.  Her clients include commercial conference companies, associations and exhibition organisers. She is currently working as a Content & Programming Consultant for the IMEX Group where she develops the educational content for their specialist event programmes taking place at IMEX in Frankfurt.

During her 20 year career in conference production, she has worked for a number of commercial conference organisers, and also has significant experience in the association world, having managed the events team for several years at the British Bankers’ Association.

This is Jo's second year serving on the Board of MPI as VP of Education where she will be developing event content for the UK & Ireland Chapter events.


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Cathy Joyce, Vice President, Communications and Marketing

 

Global Sales Director – MICE, UK & Ireland at Melia Hotels International / Director of Communications at MPI

Global Sale MICE Specialist with 15+years’ experience in Hospitality with renowned Hotels and brands across the Middle East , Ireland and UK. I'm proudly working now for one of the largest & the most sustainable hotel brand in the world Melia Hotels International, a Spanish hotel chain which operates over 380 + hotels in 40 destinations across four continents under the brands, Paradisus, Gran Melia Hotels & Resorts, ME by Melia, Melia Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Melia, Tryp and SOL.


My role is mainly responsible for delivering the UK MICE market globally to our growing portfolio of hotels worldwide, which has an additional 120 hotels in the pipeline due to open by 2023, and to strategically implement sales and marketing initiatives and activities to promote Melia globally. I'm extremely passionate about creating and delivering amazing event experiences and have developed strong relationships with MICE planners globally built on trust and respect. I love to travel and have extensive knowledge and experience working with client's to understand their needs and match their events in perfect destinations around the globe.

I was invited to join Meeting Professionals International ( MPI ) UK, Ireland chapter Board as Director of Communications in 2020 and I'm super proud to serve on the board.


 

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Olivia Breene, Director - Social Media & PR

Head of Business Development AVCOM The Technical Event Specialists

Specialising in positive business growth strategies, with over 20 years of experience across varied working environments, including Design, Property & world-leading luxury brands.  Expertise spans business development, marketing, communication system, and sales.

"I have a true passion for constantly improving & evolving business through a customer-centric approach to everything I do. Creating memorable Experiences whether online or in-person is everything! "

I look at every challenge as an opportunity. Having studied design and business economics, I have a unique blend of creative and business acumen, translating into my everyday practices.   As Head of Business Development for AVCOM, I propose and ideate commercial strategy, marketing, and innovation metrics for the company, resulting in increased revenue generation and improved company positioning. I constantly push the boundaries to increase product/service solutions to ensure an agile and evolving business proposition.

My current role is diverse, exciting, and ever-evolving. The past 16 months have been a period of transformational change, and my focus has been on advancing the virtual landscape of events for AVCOM. Ensuring the company is well-positioned to be leaders and secure its market share. Leading a mindset of constant research, develop, innovate, to deliver the best.  My passion is to create best-in-class experiences giving both client and the attendee/viewers' journey equal merits.  This provides each client with the confidence and support they require to execute the right event delivery option resulting in world-class outcomes.  

"I love to travel, and family and friends are everything to me; I believe good people, interesting places, and laughter are a tonic for the soul."  

It's a privilege to be invited to join Meet Professional International (MPI) UK, Ireland Chapter as Director of Social Media & PR, and I look forward to what the next year shall bring.



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Amy Jordan, Director - Marketing

EMEA Marketing Manager, Glisser

A seasoned event professional, Amy has worked in event marketing for over a decade having held senior marketing positions at the likes of Global Experience Specialists (GES), UBM (now Informa) and Easyfairs.

She is now EMEA Marketing Manager at Glisser, the award-winning virtual and hybrid event platform powering unique company event experiences, anywhere. We believe in making every event count and giving our clients the power to wow through unique and engaging event experiences. Life's too short for boring company events.

Amy draws upon her extensive insight into the complexity of the sector to promote meaningful content that will positively impact the future of both events and B2B marketing.


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Daniel Agüero-Duplá, Director - Communications

Director of Global Sales, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Daniel serves as a Director of Global Sales for Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI).   ALHI is a Global Sales Organization with a team of nearly 80 professionals located among 26 offices across North America and Europe, ALHI’s serves a membership group of hotels that are Independent Hotels & Independent Brands that are an exclusive luxury collection.

Daniel has over 15 years of hospitality experience in the U.S. and Europe, working exclusively within the luxury market. Prior to ALHI, Daniel served as the Assistant Director of Sales at Hotel Café Royal for Set Hotels with previous management roles at the Savoy in London, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons and more. Daniel has experience within all market segments however his true passion is the MICE industry. After being a part of MPI for few years, Daniel is absolutely delighted to be invited to join the board as Director of Communications.

 


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Craig Bingham, Vice President - Sponsorship

Business Development Sales Director, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, part of Aimbridge Hospitality

 

Craig is currently the Business Development Sales Director for Interstate Hotels & Resorts international division, part of the wider Aimbridge Hospitality Group, the leading global third-party hotel and resort management company. His day to day role is to drive business opportunities across the Interstate & Aimbridge global portfolio and further relations for the group within the global hospitality industry.

Having started his career as a hotel management graduate and joining the Marriott Graduate program, Craig very quickly realised his passion lay within the Meetings & Events side of the hospitality business and has worked in numerous roles within key Meetings &
Events positions both within the UK and abroad.

Craig has been involved with MPI since 2001, attending numerous UK and International MPI events and retains his passion and dedication to continue to drive our industry forward. This will be Craig’s second year sitting on the MPI board and remains excited at the opportunity.


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Liz Agostini, Director - Sponsorship

Director of Mash Media Group and Head of the Conference Portfolio which comprises International Confex and Conference News magazine.

With over 20 years’ experience in events, working in a wide range of roles has allowed Liz to view the industry from every angle.

On the Board at Mash Media since 2011, Liz has run all of Mash’s key products at some point including International Confex, Event Production Show, Exhibition News, Conference News, Conference & Meetings World and Exhibition World.  In addition she has launched several products which are flourishing in the conference portfolio including the CN Agency Awards, Association Event Network magazine, The Academic Venue Awards and the Smart Venue Summit amongst others.  

Like so many that have fallen into the world of events, Liz is now hooked for life and passionate about the continued growth and development of International Confex and Conference News.

To serve, support, educate and inspire every member of our fantastic industry through Mash channels is Liz’s number one goal.



Brian Hand

Brian Hand, Vice President - Events

Founder & Project Manager at Eventcomms Consulting

Brian is Founder & Project Manager at Eventcomms Consulting. We help corporate event planners organise and manage their in-person, virtual & hybrid events. Based in Dublin, Brian has worked hotel and agency side in the events industry since 2003 and enjoys sourcing the perfect venues for his global clients and operating memorable and impactful events all around the physical & virtual world. Brian is a proud MPI member and is very excited to be leading the Events Team and is looking forward to delivering quality events for MPI Members across the UK & Ireland.



Jessica Clifford

Jessica Clifford, Director - Events

Membership and Product Manager, Canadian Nuclear Association

Jessica is currently the Membership and Project Manager for the Canadian Nuclear Association. In her role, she is responsible for the full profile of the association’s events, including their annual Conference and Trade Show. She moved to London in October 2019 from Ottawa, ON where she was a part of the MPI Ottawa Chapter and volunteered in various capacities on the Signature Events Committee and the Community Outreach Committee. In 2019, she was nominated for Volunteer of the Year in her Chapter.

She looks forward to her position on the UK & Ireland Chapter Board and is keen to collaborate with the team.


Anelise Longo

Anelise Longo, Director of Membership - London & South England

Business Development Manager, M&I Forums

An ambitious and results-driven business and marketing professional with strong strategic and creative skills developed over 10 years across tourism, hospitality and events industries. In London for 3 years, she is currently Business Development Manager at the m&i.

Anelise boasts a portfolio of sales, destination marketing and project management, engaging with senior government officials and politicians. A multi-functional and creative strategist, she also holds an MBA in Business Management from FGV-SP and studied Negotiation by Harvard Methodology at FIPE / FEA-USP.

In the past decade leading clients include the São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau, FOHB - Brazilian Hotel Chain Association, Costa Cruises and Melia Hotels International. Anelise invests heavily in encouraging growth and talent through the industry and is a proud mentor of the Elevate mentoring programme for event professionals.


Patrick Murray

Patrick Murray, Director of Membership – Ireland

Manager, Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe

Based in Barcelona but originally from Donegal, Patrick works as Manager, Global Accounts at venue sourcing company, HelmsBriscoe. Prior to joining HelmsBriscoe, Patrick worked as an international meeting planner in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for more than 20 years, both on the client and the event agency side. During that time, he managed multi-day user conferences, trade shows, sales meetings, incentive programs, technical roadshows, and executive programs across North America, Europe and Asia.

Patrick is delighted to serve on the Board of MPI as Director MPI Ireland supporting Brian Hand in growing the MPI membership in Ireland, but also supporting the MPI events and education team!

 

 

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David Young, Vice President - Strategic Partnerships             

Founder, Venue Tech Collective

Launched in Feb 2020, The Venue Tech Collective has been conceived to Venues &  Technology suppliers in educating Venues to better understand how technology can enhance their business. David has been involved with Venues / Caterers and Event Tech Companies both from an Operations and Sales perspective for the last 20 years. Starting in Operations at the Millennium Done in 1999 (Now the O2), David moved on to Business Development roles within Venues before being headhunted by Caterers that operate within Venues.

David was the driving force that set up Lime Venue Portfolio (part of the Compass Group) back in 2008 and was part of the Launch of the O2 and launched the Silverstone Wing back in 2011. His expertise covers Museums, Castles, Cathedrals, Stadia venues, Concert venues, Conference spaces, Livery halls & Racing circuits.

Since 2013, David has been involved with the Technology space with NFS Technology Group and Tech start-ups – Syftapp.com & Rentuu.com (now easyeventhire.org) and Noba Tech before founding VTC.




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Jonathan Tok, Vice President - Young Leaders

 

Jonathan is an undergraduate, pursuing his degree in B.Sc International Events Management from the University of Surrey. Jonathan have spent 8 years of collective experience organising school-based and local events at the secondary and tertiary level as well as through national service.

One of his most memorable event would be a community event named Beyond-I, which was a youth-initiated project which aims to raise funds and awareness for the visually impaired community in Singapore. The event was a huge success and have raised over $4000 for Guide Dogs Singapore, with over 2000 participants. Jonathan is passionate about youth development and is always finding ways to help mould and develop youths to prepare for their future.


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Rose Griffiths, Director of Young Leaders

Rose is an ambitious next generation professional in her second year of studying Events Management. Sustainable events that are community and next generation focused motivates her to create unforgettable and truly impactful experiences. Rose is driven to transforming the events sector into a primarily people and planet focus industry. Committed to empowering and supporting young professionals through providing insights, networking opportunities and support allowing them to realise their own potential and bridging the gap between education and industry.


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Jason Allan Scott, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jason Allan Scott is an award-winning Entrepreneur, Event Pro, Podcaster, and Bestselling Author. Various media and social media platforms including Amazon have called me a top influencer on the web, Double Dutch said I am one of the most influential Event Professionals in the world as did Eventbrite. Scott was recognized as a top 100 small business fin 2016 and invited to Number 10 Downing Street. 


Scott has spoken at over 210 conferences, events, and companies around the world. From speaking at Google, Oxford,  and Coutts to major growth marketing conferences, he now focuses on helping people with affordable housing and workplaces with Kopus.com and MakeRoom.io. 


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Oonagh O’Reilly, - Director of Brand & Strategic              

Director of Sales and Marketing ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall

Oonagh was appointed to the role of Director of Sales and Marketing in 2017. Over two decades of experience equip Oonagh with an enviable track record of delivering exponential business growth within high profile organisations such as the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, where she led the team that achieved a 117% growth in income over a five-year period. During her time at as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Irish Football Association, Oonagh’s major achievements include increasing sponsorship income fivefold, a 158% increase in ticket sales following the implementation of a new sales strategy and pricing model and her campaigns received six marketing awards and the UEFA Best Fan Engagement award 2016.

Oonagh now leads a high-performing unit that are responsible for profiling two of Belfast’s most iconic venues as leaders within the conferencing and live entertainment sectors. A digital-first approach implemented under Oonagh’s leadership witnessed exceptional success. Prior to COVID-19, all time high occupancy rates of 81% were achieved, monthly online ticket sales exceeded £1M for the first time in the venues’ history and live entertainment ticket sales increased 28% year on year without an increase in marketing spend.

Alongside her multi award-winning team, Oonagh applies the learnings of this digital-first approach to the conferencing sector and spearheads campaigns that work for the business and for the client to fulfil ICC Belfast’s mantra, ‘When we win, everyone wins’.

Specifically in response to COVID-19, Oonagh worked alongside the board and senior management team to develop an Interim Mission Statement that focused on clear and transparent communication to the team, clients and customers. Effective communication was at the heart of the program for business preparedness that resulted in ICC Belfast | Waterfront Hall | Ulster Hall remaining resilient in the face of adversity. The swift action taken by Oonagh and the team in response to the pandemic resulted in employee engagement levels increasing by 16%, expansion of the venues’ technical infrastructure to become hybrid by-design and the retention of 95% of conferences.  Innovative ‘survival kits’ and the one team approach applied to account management have proven to be a winning combination that the team will use as they build back better to deliver for Belfast and Northern Ireland – socially, culturally and economically.




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