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ABPCO welcomes new chairs during digital AGM

ABPCO’s AGM, which took place virtually on 26 June, saw Michael Smith from RenewableUK and Barbara Calderwood from MCI UK begin their two-year tenure as joint chairs of the association.

The online AGM was attended by more than 60 ABPCO members, who joined to hear details of the association’s recent successes as well as plans for the future.

The roadmap, once developed with ABPCO’s executive, will focus on five key pillars and will be phased to address the immediate, mid and longer-term needs of ABPCO’s community.

The short-term focus will be the support of members to ensure business resilience and the changing needs of associations in the light of Covid-19, particularly in the virtual space.

Mid to longer term the focus will be on growing the ABPCO membership through a targeted approach to recruitment, particularly amongst in-house organisers and sectors not currently represented and developing ABPCO’s education portfolio alongside maximising accessible e-learning opportunities to support members with skills development.

It will also focus on enhancing ABPCO’s external voice on behalf of members through thought-leadership and engagement with customers and the industries it represents, ensuring the value proposition of ABPCO is better understood and lastly, building on the value of collaboration through belonging and learning for sustainable, long term growth.




At the AGM, outgoing chairs Jo Powel and Kate Sargent discussed their increased communication and learning opportunities through ABPCO’s new website, improved governance and the resilience of members throughout the Covid-19 challenges.

The AGM also provided an opportunity for treasurer, Martin Linfield from Hiscox to reflect on ABPCO’s financial position, budget management and reserves.

Smith commented: “ABPCO continues to be a strong association made up of dedicated professionals who currently face incredible challenges. I was proud to see so many people join us for the AGM and continue to support us going forward. Thank you, not just to our outgoing chairs but also to the whole membership for its dedication to professionalism and this wonderful association.”

Calderwood concluded: “Unsurprisingly this AGM was set against the backdrop of Covid-19 and how PCOs are pivoting to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of associations for their meetings. Our role is to support our members be best-in-class and demonstrate the value proposition of ABPCO.”