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Meetings Industry Association reports membership growth and new Council

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has reported “another year of extraordinary progression”, with membership growing to date by 27.5%. The association is also predicting a 55% growth by the summer.

A report by chair Mark Chambers, read out by honorary secretary Nick Milne at the mia’s 28th Annual General Meeting (AGM), said: “The value of the mia membership offer is clearly appreciated and reaping rewards including AIM, which continues to set accredited venues apart.”

Chambers also reported the events programme had also gone “from strength to strength”, citing the record-breaking miaList in October and new series of supportive resilience and compassion in the workplace events, as well as the Destination Summit and introduction of the mia Student awards as key highlights.

In his financial report, treasurer Ivor Turner highlighted how, for the third consecutive year, the mia had achieved strong growth, with income showing a 9.8% increase on 2016.

Ivor said: “The mia is financially stable, is able to meet all of its commitments and has plans to deliver improved benefits and services to its members for the foreseeable future. The three-year forecast projects strong growths based on the investments this year.”

Looking forward, chief executive Jane Longhurst said the Board and the Executive Team were determined to deliver more relevant business intelligence, business support and business improvement over 2018 and 2019 in each of three core areas: operational excellence, innovation and business performance.

The AGM also saw the appointment of the mia council for 2018/19 with former vice-chair Kay England (pictured), chief executive of Imago Venues, appointed as chair. Rowan Kitching, director of events at The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) was appointed as vice-chair while Nick Milne remains honorary secretary and Ivor Turner continues as honorary treasurer.  

Other council members for 2018/19 include: Patch Media’s Jackson Clark,’s Tim Clark, One Wimpole Street’s Nigel Collett, Riviera International Conference Centre’s Nicky Harding, Weetwood Hall’s Martin Hicks, Cavendish Venue’s Paul Martins, Cairn Hotel Group’s Tina O’Hara, Eclipse Presentation’s Robin Purslow, Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau’s Paul Szomoru, QEII Centre’s Mark Taylor and EEF Venue’s David Vaughton.