Downie told Event that the executive board would run the association, with help from Downie in her ambassador role. Downie officially stepped down yesterday, though was removed as a director in June.
Should the association suffer under the new structure, although it is confident it will not, then a permanent replacement could be sought in the future.
Having no permanent CEO will certainly help Eventia’s finances. In 2008 the association, with Downie in a full-time role, made £20,345 profit. Last year, despite Downie reducing her role, Eventia made only £2,141 profit.
Yesterday’s statement from Eventia moved to reassure members that the association would run smoothly under the new structure, largely due to Downie’s efforts during her tenure.
"She has created a tremendous legacy by way of the management team who are well versed in the day-to-day management requirements of the association," said Eventia chairman Mark Saxby yesterday.
"We have a very committed board, an exec team comprising myself and two former chairmen in Rob Allen and Mark Taylor and now we also have the Ambassadors."
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