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Board of Directors – MPI UK & Ireland Chapter


Judy Elvey


Judy Elvey, 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.



Susan Arslan, President Elect


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.



Richard Allchild CMP, Immediate Past President 

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.


Lexi Pettigrew, Vice President - Communications

Customer Success Manager, Cvent

Lexi Pettigrew is a young professional based in London, originally from the Washington D.C. area. At Cvent she helps clients strategically manage their venue sourcing program to deliver thousands of in-person events annually. Her passion at work is building relationship internally and externally and connecting people with the information they need to do their jobs well.

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

This is Lexi's second year on the Board. Last year, she served as Director of Communications.



Ciara Feely, Director of 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. 

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.

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.




Leo Platt, Vice President – Strategic Partnerships

Managing Director, Leopold Marketing

Leo has over 20 years of first-hand experience in marketing and communications and from a grassroots level has developed into an award-winning company director. Leo holds a CIM postgraduate 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.

This is Leo's second year on the Board. Last year, he served as the VP of Events.

Dan Noyce


Dan Noyce, Vice President – Membership

Sales Executive, IMEX Group

Dan is currently a Senior 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, Hoteliers and Airlines. He has 8 years’ experience leading sales teams and has found his love and passion within the Business Events industry.

Dan is an extremely proud member of MPI and delighted to be apart of the Board of Directors for the second year. Last year, Dan served as VP of Sponsorship.



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.

This is Felix's second year serving on the Board as VP of Finance. 


Emma Wellstead Warwick Events

Emma Wellstead, Vice President - Community

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).

This is Emma's second year on the Board. Last year, she served as Director of Events.


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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Cathy Joyce, Director - Corporate Membership


Global Sales MICE & BT at Melia Hotels International UK & Ireland


Cathy is a leading expert in the MICE industry. She has held a number of high profile roles internationally with renowned Hotels and  brands including Ritz Carlton and Anantara. Her strategic approach to sales in the MICE sector has seen incredible results for the teams she has led in this sector. 

Cathy has developed strong relationships with MICE planners globally built on trust and respect. She understands their client’s needs. In her current role with Melia Hotels International, she is able to match clients with the perfect destinations around the globe to suit their needs and create amazing experiences. She is a strong advocate for the power of relationships and respect in our industry, sharing latest industry trends and updates on LinkedIn with her network. 

Cathy is very proud to be a member of MPI UK & Ireland and is delighted to serve on the board.

Jessica Clifford

Jessica Clifford, Vice President - 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 - Membership

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.

David Preston

David Preston, Director - 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.

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David Young, Director - 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 – & (now and Noba Tech before founding VTC.

Ed Holdcroft

Ed Holdcroft, Vice President - Marketing  

Senior Account Director, Word on the Street UK Events

Having grown up surrounded by the hospitality world Ed has a wide ranging experience of the industry. Ed helped create and is currently the Senior Account Director at Word on the Street, a UK based Events company. Working with domestic and international Business Tourism in the UK, Word on the Street have a focus on Event Legacy, incorporating four key areas, Culture, Engagement, the Environment and Wellbeing.

Ed’s favourite event he has worked on? The 2012 Olympics, “to be part of the World’s biggest event in my home town was incredible. The atmosphere and buzz around the build-up and event made was such a joy to be part of. ”


Mike Piddock, Director - Marketing

Founder and CEO, Glisser

Mike is the Founder and CEO of Glisser, award winning audience engagement software. Prior to forming Glisser, Mike was a Chief Marketing Officer working in the telecoms and financial services industries, where he was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets with a significant weighting towards client and employee events. Most recently Mike was at Octopus Investments, a London fund manager and venture capital company, where he helped grow assets under management from £500m to £4 billion in five years.

Brian Hand

Brian Hand, Vice President - MPI Ireland

Global Operations Director, Venues World

Brian works as Global Operations Director for sourcing and event & destination management company, 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 world.

Brian is a proud MPI member and is very excited to be leading the board in Ireland and is looking forward to delivering quality outputs for the member base on the Emerald Isle.


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.

Jonathan Tok

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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