Harry Baum, MBE, President of MIMN

Death of Meeting Needs co-founder and President Harry Baum, MBE

Harry Baum, the co-founder and President of Meetings Industry Meeting Needs, has died at the age of 86. Baum, a well-known figure in the events industry, arrived in England with his older sister Franzi on 12 December 1938 on a Kindertransport from Vienna. As the co-founder of Specialised Travel Service LTD in 1954, which later became Spectra Travel, and as a pioneer of incentive travel, was credited with coining the phrase ‘Destination Management Company’. Baum also held numerous industry association positions, including chairman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) European Council and director of the London Tourist Board. Other roles included membership of the London Convention Bureau Policy Committee, and chairman of The Convention Partnership. He was awarded an MBE in 1994. ...more


who are we?

Meetings Industry Meeting Needs (MIMN) is a registered charity founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events Industry. The objective of MIMN is to raise funds for worthy causes relevant to the events industry which may not have the resources to raise sufficient funds without additional contributions. Many needy causes do not have access to public funding and MIMN can provide financial support to these types of organisations through various fund-raising initiatives and activities.

Pictured are left to right: Madeleine Thornhill (Salesian Institute), Nils Heckscher and Margi Biggs of Streetsmart South Africa

Happy Days for 100 youngsters
A total of 100 youngsters will enjoy morale-boosting day trips funded by a donation of £2500 trips through UK charity ‘Happy days’ for children aged 3–17.

Donation of £5000 will help disabled
For SpecialEffect the purchase of a Specialist Kit for nearly £5000 will test an individual’s ability to operate hardware to benefit from life-enhancing computer software.

Clean water for a Zambian village
£4,500 donated by MIMN is enough to support an entire village in Zambia to change their hygiene and sanitation practices and access safe water.

SpecialEffect are a UK based charity who focus on helping those with disabilities live a better life