New Vice Chairs for the Business Visits and Events Partnership

Caroline Jackson and Samme Allen have been successfully elected as Vice Chairs of the Business Visits & Events Partnership, with effect from the 1st January 2016 for a period of two years, joining both Chris Skeith and Simon Hughes as the four elected Vice Chairs of the Partnership.

Dr Caroline Jackson, Head of Department: Events & Leisure at Bournemouth University and Chair of the Association for Events Management Education (AEME) stated: “It is with great pride that I take up the role of Vice Chair with a mandate to further the importance of education and research in the work of the Partnership.

“I stood for election because I see great opportunities to bring our multi-faceted creative industry together around subjects such as professionalization, apprenticeships and recognition of the value of information and understanding that research can offer. I believe there is a continuing role to play in ensuring that organisations work collaboratively on educational content, career opportunities, progression and retention of talent within our industry.”

Samme Allen, Head of Business Development at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) said: “I’m completely thrilled to be chosen by the Partnership to continue the great work that has already been achieved by the organisation. Following a fantastic momentum of progress achieved by the current VC arrangement, I would like to continue this with my appointment. Having played a part in designing the current strategy, I am in a strong position to drive the tactical plan in Partnership with my fellow VC’s and I cannot wait to get started. I love what we do, we have real momentum with the EIB and DCMS really taking notice and I want to support the partners and our industry in further sector growth.”

The Vice Chairs will play a pivotal role in developing the long terms strategy for the Partnership. They will also be working on a number of key initiatives, all designed to ensure that the UK events industry continues to speak with one voice as it supports the governments Business Visits and Events Strategy and the implementation of the new Events Industry Board. Both of these objectives are designed to ensure that Events continue to be Great in Britain.