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Des Mclaughlin to depart Grass Roots

Group managing director says he leaves to pursue other opportunities
18/12/2015

Des Mclaughlin is leaving Grass Roots to focus on 'other opportunities'

Grass Roots Meetings & Events group managing director Des Mclaughlin has announced he is leaving the organisation to pursue other opportunities.


Mclaughlin, who has been credited with returning the organisation to its glory days following its restructure in 2013, says he is departing the company with pride after what was achieved under his vision.


The company says it will appoint a new director "very shortly".


"I am proud to have led the Meetings & Events division after I was appointed MD in 2013," Mclaughlin said. 


"In that time we have consolidated our UK Meetings and Events activities into a coherent business which adds significantly greater value to our clients, has more strategic relationships with our suppliers, and had some really exciting client wins.  I am leaving the Meetings & Events business stronger than at any time in Grass Roots’ history and wish the team well in continuing to build the success and taking it to the next phase."


Mclaughlin founded his own events company HBI in 1991, before selling it to Grass Roots in 1998. He led the Strategic Meetings Management arm of Grass Roots for more than 10 years before the company unified all its branches in 2013 to strengthen its under-performing areas. 


Mclaughlin was appointed group managing director of the newly-formed Grass Roots Meetings and Events. Under his guidance, profits turned around from a £1.5 million loss in 2013 (largely attributed to the restructuring costs) to a £2.2m profit in 2014.


Richard Bandell, Grass Roots Group CEO, added: "I want to record my sincere thanks to Des for his leadership and contribution for bringing together the separate Meetings & Events businesses and his contribution to their turnaround.  We wish him every success for the future." 


Bandell added: "With an excellent leadership team, it is very much business as usual as we plan for a successful year in 2016".



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