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Board of Directors – MPI UK & Ireland Chapter

 

Judy Elvey

 

Judy Elvey, President 

Director Marketing – Europe, Cvent

Judy is a strategic, CIM qualified marketing professional with experience in publishing, hospitality and leisure industries.  Judy started her career in advertising but quickly moved to marketing. 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 and Square Meal.  Currently working for Cvent as a Senior Marketing Manager, 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.  Judy has been a member of MPI for many years, this is her third year sitting on the MPI board.

 

 


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Ciara Feely, President Elect

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 Director 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. 


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Richard Allchild CMP, Immediate Past President 

Sales Manager, IMEX Group 

Richard is currently the Sales Manager for the IMEX Group. Richard has worked at IMEX since 2008 and looks after clients from the USA, Caribbean, Cruise Lines and Europe 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 8 years, volunteering on the membership committee for 2 years before being on the Board for the past 4 years.


Katy Phelps

 

Katy Phelps, Vice President – Membership

Sales Director, The Meetings Show

Katy has nearly 15 years experience working across a variety of leading trade exhibitions across industries as diverse as beauty and printing. Katy graduated from Southampton University with a Bsc in Politics, followed by a post grad diploma in Journalism before finding herself drawn to the global exhibitions industry.

Katy works as Sales Director for Northstar Travel Group who recently acquired the travel and meetings portfolio of events from Centaur Media where Katy has worked since 2009. During this time Katy led the Sales Teams to launch The Meetings Show and on the strategic re-launch of The Business Travel Show.

Katy has been involved in MPI since January 2013 attending many UK and Ireland Chapter events and recently re-joined as a member in 2018.

 

 


Jo Stamp

 

Jo Stamp, Vice President - 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.

Jo is a new member of MPI and has joined 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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Jonathan Carter, Vice President – Communications

Head of Events Marketing, Euromoney

Jonathan is currently the Head of Events Marketing at Euromoney, responsible for the acquisition and retention of delegates and sponsors across two portfolios of international conferences and awards. Jonathan has worked in the events industry for almost 15 years, covering a wide spectrum of event types and formats including bridal exhibitions, public sector conferences, marketing industry awards and investor networking events. Jonathan was part of the launch team for the highly successive The Meetings Show and also played a key role in the repositioning of Marketing Week’s Festival of Marketing and Masters of Marketing Awards.


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Leo Platt, Vice President – Events

Managing Director, Leopold Marketing

Leo has over 20 years first-hand experience in marketing and communications and from a grass roots level has developed into an award-winning company director. Leo holds a CIM post graduate diploma in Marketing as well as a BSc (Hons) in Event Management. Prior to founding Leopold Marketing, Leo held the position of Managing Director at one of the world’s largest event management agencies. During his career Leo has overseen the delivery of a complete range of high-profile campaigns for a broad spectrum of clients. Leo is a dynamic, resourceful and professional director that understands the unique needs of each client and has the tenacity to ensure the very best results.

 


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Susan Arslan, Vice President – Venue Liaison

Helms Briscoe

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 UK HelmsBriscoe leadership team, recruiting Graduates to her team of 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’.

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 Communications, Employee Engagement and Wellbeing, about which she regularly presents at conferences and workshops.


Dan Noyce

 

Dan Noyce, Vice President – Sponsorship

Sales Executive, IMEX Group

Dan is currently a Sales Executive for IMEX Group looking after both IMEX Frankfurt & IMEX America. Dan is responsible for the US market along with the Caribbean, Cruise Lines and Airlines. He has 8 years’ experience leading sales teams and has found his love and passion within the meetings industry.

Dan is an extremely proud member of MPI and delighted to be apart of the Board of Directors.


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Felix Goblet, Vice President – Finance

Director – Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, GL Events

Felix is currently the Director of the London based office for GL events Venues managing the commercialisation of the network of 42 Venues (Conference Centres and Exhibition Centres) across the world.

Felix works with some of the world’s leading agencies and exhibition organisers requiring Venues that can ensure the successful delivery of large scale events.  Having worked with GL events Venues division for 5 years, he has experience of working with public sector in securing new venues in the following regions: Spain, South America and UK.

Having already been involved in activities of MPI Iberian chapter, he was keen to engage and get involved in the UK & Ireland chapter upon his arrival in 2016.  Passionate about the events industry and keen to assist with development new talent. He is keen to make an impact and work as a team as an MPI board member.

 


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Lexi Pettigrew, Director - Communications

Team Lead, Client Services, Cvent

Lexi Pettigrew is a young professional based in London, originally from the Washington D.C. area. She is a Team Lead at Cvent where she builds client relationships, delivers customised technical training and support, as well as creates and implements internal global processes for the Client Services team. Her passion at work is connecting people with the information they need to do their jobs well and helping her clients meet their business goals.

When she’s not at work you’ll find her busy travelling around Europe or hosting friends and family from the US. You can also find her around the city checking out London's food scene.


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Emma Wellstead, Director - Events

Director, Warwick Events

All you need to know about Emma Wellstead is that she hates going to rubbish events.  She can’t stand poor customer service.  And she is bored by doing the same thing twice. 

Emma loves to make people happy.

Studying Psychology at Cambridge University gives Emma a fresh and alternative perspective on events.  She is passionate about treating attendees as people. 

Emma and her team run an award winning Destination Event Company in Stratford-upon-Avon called Warwick Events (yes, she didn’t do so well in Geography).


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Craig Bingham, Director - Sponsorship

Business Development Sales Director, Interstate Hotels

Craig is currently the Business Development Sales Director for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the leading global third-party hotel and resort management company. His day to day priority is driving pro-active business opportunities and sales across the Interstate global portfolio.
Having started his career as a Hotel Management graduate and joining the Marriott Graduate program, Craig very quickly realised his passion lay within the MICE side of the hospitality business and has worked in numerous roles within key MICE 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.

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