MPI UK & Ireland, the local chapter of the largest global meetings and events association, has announced the winners of the latest edition of the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award as Delyth Davies from Oxford Brookes University and Holly Steenson from Leeds Beckett University.
Delyth and Holly were acknowledged for their achievements at MPI’s Christmas Celebration event at the Sofitel London St James on Monday 4th December; where they celebrated with a drinks reception and networked with over 35 event professionals from leading agencies including Clive, Imagination, JLE Events Management, TBA PLC and TimeBased with live music provided by creative entertainment agency SongDivision.
Now in its sixth year, the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship scheme was created in 2011 in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton who died in 2010 after a battle with cancer. Over 50 entries were received from students based in the UK & Ireland studying event management related courses who were asked to demonstrate their previous events-related worked experience and was free-of-charge to enter.
Following the strength of the applications received, the judging panel made a strong recommendation that two stand-out entrants be put forward for the month-long paid for internship at Reed Travel Exhibitions. Reed are one of the world’s leading events organisers, with a growing portfolio of 500 events in 41 countries, and a staff of 3,000 exhibition specialists.
Jane Baker, president of the MPI UK&I Chapter, said: “MPI UK & Ireland is committed to helping the industry’s next generation of talent to join our growing sector. It’s vital that workplaces offer talented young people the opportunity to kickstart their careers and we are delighted to work in partnership with universities from across the country and Reed Travel Exhibitions to offer this platform to event management graduates. The quality of entrants received this year was stronger than ever and we look forward to continuing to support students and entry-level professionals into the industry with a number of exciting initiatives planned for 2018.”
Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, ibtm events part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “Reed Exhibitions is delighted to continue its long-standing association with the Vanessa Cotton Scholarship Award and even more so this year with the announcement that part of the Award will be to bring talented individuals into our organisation to see first-hand what it takes to be part of the world’s largest exhibition organiser. Deciding on just one winner from the outstanding list of entries proved too difficult so we decided to offer two work placements for 2018 and we look forward to welcoming Holly (Steenson) and Delyth (Davies) to ibtm events and Reed Exhibitions next summer.”
Meeting and incentive professionals from around the world will convene at the SITE + MPI Global Forum in Rome, Italy, 12-14 January 2018 for three days filled with culturally diverse experiences, local inspiration and global knowledge sharing.
The forum is the first time Society for Incentive Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals
International (MPI) have come together for a global event to share industry trends, offer
innovative education and provide a collaborative yet exclusive environment for networking and
“We are thrilled to have assembled a diverse and respected group of meeting and incentive
industry leaders and keynote speakers for the SITE + MPI Global Forum,” said Annamaria
Ruffini, CIS, CMP SITE president-elect and CEO Events In & Out S.R.L. “We look forward to
inspiring and equipping delegates with new and innovative information to advance their business
and careers, as well as providing them the unique opportunity to connect with meeting and
incentive industry peers from all over the world in Rome.”
More than 30 tailored education sessions will provide exclusive access to new ideas, new
connections and new experiences designed to deliver business results and reset and re-energize
delegates’ perspectives and creativity. The education includes separate tracks for incentive travel
and meetings management professionals, as well as concurrent sessions focused on each
industry’s hottest trends, specifically designed to connect meeting and incentive professionals.
Four inspirational keynote speakers will bring alive the event tagline “Connecting Event &
Incentive Professionals” by focusing on how breakthrough ideas occur when concepts from
diverse industries, cultures and disciplines intersect, igniting extraordinary innovation.
This year’s line-up includes Italian paleontologist Alberto Angela; Frans Johansson, founder and CEO of The Medici Group; and Julie Cottineau, Founder of Brain Twist.
“Our teams have designed an excellent program for SITE + MPI Global Forum that will help
delegates expand their skills, imagination and expertise. The educational program will feature
great thinkers and doers to inspire delegates, and most sessions align to CMP International
Standards,” added Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals
Other programme highlights include the opening celebration, MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous
fundraiser and networking event, SITE Chapter Excellence and Crystal Awards, the closing
dinner, and optional incentive quality pre- and post-tours.
The Early Bird discount of €200 off the cost of conference registration has been extended to 11
November. To learn more and register, visit www.mpiweb.org/globalforum.
MPI UK&I are delighted to announce the 6th MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship, created in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton. The scholarship was created to recognise the industry’s brightest and most ambitious students, graduating from event management degrees and supporting their first step in to the meetings and events sector.
Following consultation with universities and industry, this year’s winner will receive a one-month, paid internship with Reed Travel Exhibitions. Reed is the organiser of IBTM World, the leading global event for the meetings, events and incentives industry.
A panel of industry judges will shortlist the final three candidates from the entries submitted and representatives from Reed will select the winner. The judging panel will include Liz Quinton from CWT Meetings & Events, Ryan Curtis-Johnson from drp, Sam Coates from Keith Prowse, Nicola Weston from Slaughter and May, Sue Etherington from QEIICC, Nicola Alexander from Travel Alberta and Sue Munro, industry consultant.
Jane Baker, President of MPI UK and Ireland, said: “MPI has a long history of initiatives that encourages new talent to join the meetings and events sector. We’re delighted that this year’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship does that in a new way, with the opportunity to gain valuable, paid work experience with one of the industry’s leading players. We’re excited to work with Reed and grateful for their ongoing support of this programme.”
Graeme Barnett, Senior Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, said: “Reed has supported MPI’s Vanessa Cotton Scholarship since its launch in 2011 and we are proud to do so once more. Identifying the best new talent to join us is vital to our continued growth, and involving the winning applicant with the industry’s leading event, IBTM World, provides a win-win for all involved.”
Students on event management and related courses at universities across the country are invited to apply through the online portal: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mpi-vanessacotton2017.
The deadline for entries is Friday 20 October 2017.
The MPI UK & Ireland Chapter is delighted to announce a new industry-wide support scheme designed to provide grants to event employers who take on events apprentices through the new Government-backed Trailblazer standard.
Employers should have a turnover of less than £10m per year, the apprentice must have an employment contract and have successfully passed a three-month probationary period, and the apprentice must be paid at least the national minimum wage.
Grants will be to the amount of £2,500 per apprentice and will include:-
Applications for the 2018 award open today, 28 February, and will close on 31 March. The winner will be announced in April 2018. Applications forms can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship
Each year, MPI UK & Ireland hosts the MPI Vanessa Cotton Scholarship, an annual competition created to recognise the industry’s brightest and most ambitious event management students as they take embark upon careers in the meetings and events sector.
The scholarship was created in 2011 in honour of UK event industry veteran Vanessa Cotton who died in 2010 after a battle with cancer. Entrants are asked to demonstrate their previous events-related work experience, both paid and voluntary, and entry is free to all UK & Ireland students looking to build a career in the sector.
Dates for the 2017 Vanessa Cotton Scholarship will be announced soon.
Emma Stoker, vice president of PCB Events at Barclays and Victoria Morrison, Head of Events & Marketing Manager at Gorkana will join the corporate planners panel discussion at MPI Insights Economic Outlook. The panel will discuss the key opportunities and challenges they expect to face in the year ahead.
In an agency speaker panel, Ian Cummings, vice president EMEA at CWT Meetings & Events, Fay Sharpe, managing director at Zibrant and Savva Hadji-Savva, Commercial Director – Meetings & Events at Grass Roots will give the agency perspective on the economic trends for 2017.
Keynote speakers include Paul Flatters, Co-Founder and CEO at Trajectory, a leading strategic foresight provider and Nick de Bois, Chair of the Events Industry Board, a board of industry representatives created to advise Government on the delivery of the Business Visits and Events Strategy. Industry supplier panellists from Cvent, FRHI Hotels & Resorts and etc.venues complete the speaker line-up.
MPI Insights Economic Outlook with Dubai Business Events is the flagship annual event for MPI UK & Ireland. The event takes place on 31 January 2017 at the newly launched etc.venues Fenchurch Street. The event will begin at 12.30pm with lunch, sessions begin at 1.30pm and will conclude at 5.30pm followed by cocktails.
Jane Baker, President, MPI UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome speakers from across the spectrum of the meetings and events sector including corporates, agencies and suppliers. MPI Insights Economic Outlook is open to all industry professionals and provides attendees with unique networking opportunities and practical educational insights that can immediately be put into practice in their day-jobs.”
Register for places here.
Agencies including First Protocol, Zibrant, Smyle, George P. Johnson, TFI, Grass Roots Group and AMEX Meetings and Events are the first to sign up for MPI Connects in London on 14th April. The event promises to bring emerging talent from across the UK to the University of Greenwich for an afternoon of interviews, panel discussions and recruitment advice.
Rick Stainton, MD of Smyle will be joining an industry panel alongside Helen McCabe of Zibrant and Caitlin Kobrak of George P. Johnson to give insights about the opportunities and demands of industry.
Rick Stainton comments: “Smyle is a dynamically growing agency and as such we pride ourselves on achieving exceptional standards. Finding and nurturing talent is critical to our continued success. Investing in the next generation is key to this and we look forward to meeting outstanding candidates who could play a key role in our future plans.”
Agencies will receive CVs from attendees in advance of each event, one-to-one meetings and informal networking to maximise the chance of meeting their next new event executive.
VP Education for MPI UK and Ireland Jackie Mulligan explains “We are delighted to once again be supporting our industry to connect with talent. Employers from hotel chains, venues, tech companies as well as event organisations are very welcome to get involved.”
Sue Massey of Grass Roots is pleased that her company employed two graduates at the 2015 event and adds: “The event enabled us to meet new talent all together in one place and saved a lot of money on recruitment costs. The students impressed us and the event provided a platform for companies to identify potential event recruit graduates and interns.”
Nominations are open for the 2016-17 slate year MPI UK & Ireland Chapter Board of Directors in addition to various committee roles. These are exciting times for the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter and this is your chance to help drive these opportunities for our members and the industry.
As immediate past president of MPI UK & Ireland Chapter and chair of the 2016/17 nominations committee, I can speak confidently of the fantastic personal and professional development opportunity a role on the MPI board provides. A position on the Board of Directors offers you the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, providing industry leadership and direction while serving our chapter.
If you know someone who would be a valuable asset to the Board, encourage them to submit their application. Our association and industry relies on great people!
We are actively recruiting for the following roles:
All MPI members in good standing are invited to apply including those who are currently part of the Board of Directors currently in other roles.
Please note the deadline for all submissions is Monday 29th February 2016.
Please click here for further details of application
See our full calendar of events: http://mpiuki.org/events/
Richard Parker, President of the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter said “At our annual strategic meeting, the MPI UKI Board was unanimous in its commitment to leveraging stand out education and networking as a point of differentiation in a crowded association marketplace. We believe that the breadth and depth of our education events programme provides content that is relevant, current and insightful. We also believe that this is the most appropriate channel for existing and future members to engage positively with MPI.”
Chris Parnham, MPI’s new VP of Communications said “In line with our new Communication Strategy, we are delighted to announce in advance, our complete calendar of events for the year ahead. There is something here for everyone, and this varied and packed programme spotlights MPI’s unique position as education and information specialists to the meetings industry. We have crafted a number of different types of event, in order to tune into the needs of all our potential audiences. If you want to become a better event professional, you need to be engaged with MPI.”
Campfire events are limited to a small group of attendees, and take place at other well-known industry events. They usually last for 30 minutes and focus on one area of interest to those attending the industry event. This makes great use of people’s time, as they can gain an extra insight at an event they had already committed to attending.
MPI Insights events are larger meetings for up to 100 attendees, have a packed half-day agenda aimed at informing, educating and debating about current issues and hot topics. These events have an element of networking and participation. Insights events are scheduled to take place in October, January and June, focusing the global meetings industry, economic trends, and changes in event processes and practices.
MPI Tabletalks events are focused discussions that take place over dinner. Forthcoming MPI Tabletalks will focus on creativity, talent, design and competitiveness in our industry.
MPI CMP Bootcamp events are two-day intensive training courses that cover ten knowledge domains recognised as critical for successful meetings management by the Convention Industry Council (CIC), and are areas to master in order to become a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). These events offer invaluable training and are excellent as preparation for the CMP exam.
Education VP Jackie Mulligan explains “the programme offers a full year of professional development for our members supported by online resources to deepen the learning. As well as gaining new insights, approaches and high level information, participants also get a chance to meet with others with similar interests and connect with new contacts.”
The next MPI Insights Event will take place at the Emirates Stadium on October 29th and focuses on international business for corporates and agencies seeking to expand into new markets, or organizing events overseas. The event will explore the value and challenges of strategic meetings management, the current hot-topic of compliance, the role and value of procurement, tax and risk management.
Registration is open: http://mpiuki.org/event/mpi-insights-going-global/
Richard Parker assumes the role of President, with Miguel Neves standing down.
Jane Baker moved from VP Education to President Elect, building up to her tenure in 2016/17
The only new Board Member is Chris Parnham, owner of Absolute Corporate Events, who recently completed a two-year tenure as Chairman of the HBAA where he took the association to new heights, modernising its approach and delivering record numbers in membership, member satisfaction and event attendance. Parnham joins the MPI Board as VP of Communications.
In 2014/15 the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter achieved great success in it’s new Boot Camp concept, its sustainable model for events, and helping solve the talent and recruitment challenge by delivering MPI Connect events.
Going into a new term, the Board under Parker’s leadership will focus on member engagement and stand-out education, something that sets MPI apart from other associations in the sector. Part of this education objective will involve leading an industry collaboration on professional certification.
The Chapter will publish its events calendar this month, which will feature a number of events and interventions that will focus on education, information, and recruitment of talent.
Last week, the UK Chapter AGM approved the new Board and its strategy for the forthcoming year.