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Mia reports membership growth and new chair at AGM

The Meetings Industry Association has revealed it’s on target to achieve 55 per cent growth by the summer

Pictured: Kay England, chief executive of Imago Venues, has been appointed as mia chair

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has revealed it’s on target to achieve 55 per cent growth by the summer - and has welcomed a new chair for the coming year.

In a report given at the mia’s AGM, current chair Mark Chambers said 2017 had been “another year of extraordinary progression”, with membership growing to date by 27.5 per cent.

He said: “The value of the mia membership over is clearly appreciated and reaping rewards including AIM, which continues to set accredited venues apart.”

Chambers added that the events programme had also gone “from strength to strength” citing the miaList in October, the Destination Summit and the introduction of the mia Student awards as key highlights.

In his financial report, treasurer Ivor Turner said the mia had achieved strong growth for the third consecutive year, with income showing a 9.8 per cent increase on 2016.

In her speech, chief executive Jane Longhurst focused on the three core pillars of business: operational excellence, innovation and business performance.

She said: “During 2018, and indeed into 2019, your board and the executive team are determined to deliver more relevant business intelligence, business support and business improvement in each of these core areas.”

The AGM also saw the appointment of the mia council for 2018/19 with former vice-chair Kay England, chief executive of Imago Venues, appointed as chair. Rowan Kitching, director of events at The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) was appointed as vice-chair while Nick Milne remains honorary secretary and Ivor Turner continues as honorary treasurer.  

Other council members for 2018/19 include: Patch Media’s Jackson Clark,’s Tim Clark, One Wimpole Street’s Nigel Collett, Riviera International Conference Centre’s Nicky Harding, Weetwood Hall’s Martin Hicks, Cavendish Venues’ Paul Martins, Cairn Hotel Group’s Tina O’Hara, Eclipse Presentation’s Robin Purslow, NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau’s Paul Szomoru, QEII Centre’s Mark Taylor and EEF Venue’s David Vaughton.

Longhurst added: “The next 12 months are looking very exciting for the mia. We’re delighted to welcome Kay and Rowan as chair and vice-chair respectively to the executive team and are looking forward to working with the council to ensure the very best provision of benefits and services for our members.”

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