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ILEA UK announces new board and vision for year

Incoming president Alistair Turner unveils Follow The Conversation campaign and plans to widen chapter's footprint

Pictured: Alistair Turner

The International Live Events Association (ILEA) UK chapter announced its new board at its annual general meeting as Alistair Turner, MD of EIGHT PR & Marketing, officially took over as president for 2016/17.

Turner, taking over the reins as president from Kevin Jackson, unveiled the key strands of his ambition for the association over the coming year at the AGM at Oval Space in East London.  

The incoming president revealed he planned to build on the success of the previous board’s achievement through a campaign called “Follow the Conversation”; a way of bringing the membership together behind a shared vision for the live events industry, while underlining the community value of the chapter. 

Turner also announced plans for ILEA UK to use the high quality of its content to allow it to be “dragged into every corner of the country”, as part of a secondary objective to widen the footprint of the association.   

“It’s difficult to quantify the work done by the last board and the Morenifesto,” said Turner. “The chapter has taken some huge leaps forward and the main responsibility of the new board is to keep the momentum going.

“For us this is about understanding why eventprofs join ILEA, which is to meet, talk, debate with other professionals about what we see as the pointy bit of the event industry, the bit that delivers growth to the industry, the bit where events are about brands and businesses, experiences and communities. 

“The majority of the board sat on Kevin’s board last year and we have some new faces joining from across our committees. This means we can keep up the momentum and everyone has already bought into our shared goals, which is about delivering value for our members.”

As part of ILEA UK’s succession policy, the new board saw promotions from director at large positions to vice president seats across its programmes, membership and innovation posts. 

Darren Bandoo of PRG, Rui Cruz Alves of TFI, and Gavin Williams of FatUnicorn have all joined the board with director at large support from Sarah Page of Event Concept and Georgia Toppin from The Barbican.  

New appointments include Kirk Thomas of Athena Events Group in education, as well as Carlo Zoccali of Arsenal FC and Richard Kadri- Langford of Lime Venue Portfolio in the vice president and director at  large positions respectively for marketing. 

Turner also announced a new position that will see freelance consultant Mike Fletcher join the board to implement the chapter’s vision of widening the footprint of ILEA throughout the UK. 

Finally, past president Kevin Jackson will continue to support the new board while taking on the responsibility for finance.

The full UK Board of ILEA is as follows:  

President - Alistair Turner, EIGHT PR & Marketing
Past president and finance - Kevin Jackson, The Experience is the  Marketing  
Incoming president - Jason Allan Scott, VenueMe  
Vice president marketing - Carlo Zoccali  Arsenal FC  
Marketing director at large  Richard Kadri- Langford, Lime Venue Portfolio  
Vice president membership - Rui Cruz Alves, TFI  
Membership director at large - Georgia Toppin, The Barbican  
Vice president programmes - Darren Bandoo, PRG  
Programmes director at large - Sarah Page  Event Concept  
Vice president education - Kirk Thomas, Athena Events Group  
Innovation director at large - Gavin Williams, FATUnicorn  
Vice president footprint - Mike Fletcher, freelance writer/social media consultant  

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