Rob Allen to chair Eventia once again

Rob Allen to chair Eventia once again
Rob Allen to chair Eventia once again

TRO CEO Rob Allen has been named as the new chair of industry association Eventia.

The decision was made at Eventia’s AGM at the Science Museum on Wednesday (8 June).

This will be Allen’s second term as chair, having headed the association in 2007/2008.

He replaces Universal WorldEvents sales and marketing director Mark Saxby who has led the association over the past 12 months.

COI director of live events Simon Hughes moves into the role of vice chair and Tracy Johnson continues in the role of marketing services director.

Allen has been actively involved in Eventia’s executive team for five years, most recently working as vice chair.

The chair position is traditionally filled from the position of vice chair, but Allen made an agreement last year that he wouldn’t automatically assume the top job, given he had done it before.

"I am delighted to be back in the chair for a second term of office and especially encouraged by the really strong make up of our new board," said Allen.  

"Naturally we will continue to look at how we can add to and improve member services, and indeed work in stronger collaboration with other associations to beat the drum for the events industry in the UK."
The AGM witnessed several further changes to the Eventia board. Mark Taylor of BI Worldwide, Stephan Roberge of Monacco Tourist Authority & Convention Bureau, and Ruth Robinson of Lancashire & Blackpool Conferences all stepped down from the board.

Newly-elected to the board were:

Paul Hussey – BSI

Dale Parmenter – Drp Group

Alison Ayling-Hogberg – DeVere Venues

Emma Cashmore – Axis Marketing

Pauline Houston – Carlson Wagonlit Travel (co-opted)

Rory Sloane – RPM (co-opted)

The following people continue to serve on the board:

Rob Allen – TRO

Mark Saxby – Universal WorldEvents

Alan Newton – Grass Roots

Brian Kirsch – Event Assured

Karen Rice – Banks Sadler

Rick Stainton – Smyle

Mark Sale – Air Partner

Matt Storey – Gallowglass

Andrew Wright – FAB!

Mike Jackson – Stage Electrics

Simon Hughes – COI

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