The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has announced the 2017 shortlist for its prestigious miaList awards.
Launched in 2011, the miaList celebrates outstanding and passionate individuals from the meetings, hospitality and events industry who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “I am delighted to see so many of the meetings and events industry’s most hard-working and passionate individuals shortlisted for this year’s miaList. The volume of entries received was fantastic and the shortlisting process wasn’t easy, which is testament to the number of talented and inspiring individuals we have working in our industry.”
Judged against extensive criteria, the miaList awards, which are sponsored by The Meeting Show, welcomed nominations for people in a range of categories, including: Conference & Events, Food & Beverage (Production), Food & Beverage (Service), Front of House, Back of House, Sales, Marketing, Leadership, Team of the Year and Agency Team of the Year.
The short-listed individual nominees are:
|Anna Fowler||Roehampton Venues|
|Pat O’Regan||Copthorne Tara Hotel|
|Claire Hierons||Ashdown Park Hotel|
|Petar Soritov||Luton Hoo|
|Tom McMillan||Park Plaza Riverbank|
|Charlotte Best||QEII Centre|
|Kellie Mason||Hickstead Hotel Classic Lodges|
|Rachael Seymour||Newbury Racecourse|
|Tori Lee||Richmond Hill Hotel|
|Andrew Shaw||The Elvetham|
|Simon Bryant||Grovefield House Hotel|
|Mark Potts||The Mount Somerset Hotel|
|Annabel Denham-Cole||Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel|
|Roberto Goncalves||QEII Centre|
|Suha Watts||Richmond Hill Hotel|
|Paul Martins||Cavendish Venues|
|Roopi Woodall||QEII Centre|
|Lesley Whyte||Custard Communications|
|Richard Kadri-Langford||Lime Venue Portfolio|
|Paul Tattersdill –||Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens|
|Megan Towers||EEF Venues|
|Sarah Jones||Kettering Park Hotel|
|Melanie Owen||Prestige Hotel Reservations|
|Mark Budd||Bovey Castle|
|Claire McDonald||Kettering Park Hotel and Spa|
|Emma Hayes||Whittlebury Hall|
|Michelle Van Wijk||Eden Hotel Collection|
|Sarah Baker||Eden Hotel Collection|
Chaired by Jane Longhurst, the judging panel represented all sectors of the event industry – buyers, agents and venues – and included: Steve Knight, The Meetings Show; Gill Smillie, Conference Venues Countrywide; Lacy Curtis Ward, The Lensbury; Rob Flinter, Park Plaza Victoria; Carol Primett, Anglian Water; Mark Gallen, MG Sales Performance.
The shortlist for both Team of the Year and Agency Team of the Year will be announced in July.
Tickets to the miaList are available now at: www.mia-uk.org/event_group/recognising-excellence/mialist-2017