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ABPCO grew PCO membership by more than 12% across 2021

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) said it welcomed more than 35 new members during 2021 across all membership categories. 

This included a more than 12% net increase in both full and associate PCO members. Other membership growth was achieved in the student, entry, partner and industry member categories.

Association director Heather Lishman said: “January always provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on our membership change from the previous year. In 2021 we saw a significant increase in our Full PCO members from a range of individuals who recognised the value ABPCO brings to them and their organisations.”

Last year concluded with ABPCO’s first Festival of Learning - a seven-day hybrid event that saw speakers deliver content relevant to the membership and wider industry. Content is still available to stream via the ABPCO website.

ABPCO’s new members in 2021 included: 

Full Members

  • Gemma Boyd – BioScientifica
  • Louise Edwards – OGUK
  • Kirsten Wicke – Media1 Productions
  • Daniel Snape – Convenzis Group Limited
  • Joanna Frohmaier – The Chartered Management Institute
  • Kcarrie Valentine – ACSL Professional Development Ltd
  • Nicola Williams – Seren Events Limited
  • Harry Heald – British Association of Urological Surgeons
  • Lindsay McClenaghan – Abbey Conferences and Events
  • Sarah Fitzpatrick – British Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Nichola Bartlett – AUGIS Trading Limited
  • Garry Kinnear – ARMA UK
  • Marie-Anne James – Eyas Ltd
  • Sarvjit Wunsch – AUGIS Trading Limited
  • Gaynor England – Abstract Events
  • Marije Snow – Abbey Conferences and Events

Associate Members

  • Sergio Gallego-Schmid – The Business Continuity Institute
  • Chrissy Schroeder – Abbey Conferences and Events
  • Helen Paterson - Abbey Conferences and Events