MPI UK & Ireland launches Young Leader Kickstart Grant


By: Lexi Pettigrew | Feb 1, 2021

MPI UK&I are delighted to announce the launch of its Young Leader Kickstart Grant for 2021 to support event management students at this incredibly difficult time.

The brain child of MPI UK & Ireland Vice President of Young Leaders, Jonathan Tok, the Young Leader Kickstart Grant will provide 5 lucky student applicants with the opportunity to benefit from complimentary membership of MPI, via the UK & Ireland Chapter, and to work alongside the MPI UK & Ireland Board supporting the programme of activity driven by the Chapter Committees.

Students on event management and related courses at universities across the UK and Ireland are invited to apply and can download an application on the MPI UK & Ireland website or by emailing:

Applications will be shortlisted by an MPI judging panel with 5 winners selected - each of whom will receive complimentary 12-month membership to MPI with all the access benefits this brings.  They will also be allocated a role working on one of the MPI UK & Ireland Committees helping shape and deliver chapter events.

The judging panel for the Young Leader Kickstart Grant are: Judy Elvey – MPI UK & Ireland President, Susan Arslan - MPI UK & Ireland President Elect, Jonathan Tok – MPI UK & Ireland Vice President of Young Leaders and Dan Noyce – MPI UK & Ireland Vice President Membership

Jonathan Tok, Vice President of Young Leaders MPI UK & Ireland commented: “this will allow MPI UK & Ireland to reaffirm our commitment to giving every student an opportunity to serve and learn about our incredible events community .  We are excited to give our future leaders a stake in shaping our community together.”

Susan Arslan, President Elect of MPI UK and Ireland, said: “this is an incredible opportunity for the grant winners to experience the benefits that membership of MPI can bring.  We value the contribution that our student members bring to the Chapter and particularly encourage their participation via Chapter Committees”

The deadline for entries is 12th March 2021. Shortlisting will take place week commencing 15th 2021 with winners selected the following week.  MPI UK & Ireland will announce the winners on 29th March 2021.

Application form can be downloaded here or available by email from


About MPI:

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, MPI provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 19 countries. More at: and

For media enquiries, please contact:

Ruth Robinson

MPI UK & Ireland Secretariat
Tel: 0121 227 4838




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Lexi Pettigrew
MPI UK & Ireland, VP of Communications


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