Off to Work MD elected ISES president

The UK chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) has announced Philip Atkins, managing director of staffing agency Off to Work, as its new president for 2012-2013, effective 1 July.

Philip Atkins
Philip Atkins

Atkins replaces incumbent president elect Bonnie May, global operations director of Global Infusion Group, who has stepped down due to international work commitments. May will continue to contribute to ISES under the title director at large.

A new board will also be in place from 1 July with Zanine Adams, head of event solutions and UK sales at London and Partners as chair of the advisory board which will advise the board and members.

Jane Hague, head of corporate account development Excel London, has been nominated president elect and will succeed Atkins as president on 1 July 2013.

The full board is below:

President - Philip Atkins, managing director, Off to Work
Immediate past president - Jonathan Byrne, chief operating officer, Royal Aeronautical Society
President elect - Jane Hague, head of corporate account development, Excel London
Director education - James Morgan, marketing director, Crewsaders
VP membership - Craig Easeman, general manager, Happy Box
VP sponsorship - Simon Mills, head of sales and marketing, Twickenham
VP social media - Kelly Baker, sales and marketing director, Well Dressed Tables
Director programmes - Nicole Hatch, owner, SLR
Director exhibitions - David Tunnicliffe, sales manager, De Boer
Director at large - Bonnie May, global operations director, Global Infusion Group
Chair of advisory board – Zanine Adams, head of event solutions & UK sales, London and Partners

Atkins said he would use the opportunity of this summer's Olympics to "spotlight the wealth of creativity and talent here in the UK, and share our experiences to benefit our peers nationally and internationally." He added he will focus on creating a feel of inclusiveness in an increasingly geographically diverse society and on boosting the ISES Talks networking events.

Jonathan Byrne, outgoing president of ISES said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as ISES President and hope that our members have benefited from a number of initiatives that have been close to my heart. These include building stronger strategic partnerships with other meeting and event industry associations, the growth of our regional events program and members, industry research and the continued delivery of our well respected ISES Talks events."

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