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

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