mia-butler-webMeetings Industry Association appoints new sales director

The Meetings Industry Association, one of the fastest growing trade association’s in the conference, meetings and events sector, has appointed Mia Butler as sales director.

The key appointment will see Mia, who joins from events group and venue finding agency Sundial, report directly to Meeting Industry Association chief executive Jane Longhurst.

In the crucial new role, Mia will be drawing on her 20 years’ experience of working in the hospitality industry and knowledge of hotels, venue finding and teambuilding, to help the Meetings Industry Association reach its aggressive membership growth, accreditation and sponsorship targets.

“When I became aware that this new position was being made available, I thought it was too good an opportunity to pass by,” said Mia who had been working for Sundial since 2004. “It’s a great honour to work for one of the sector’s leading trade associations, which is so highly regarded by the industry.”

Mia will be bringing lots of energy and enthusiasm to the role. She said: “I’m really passionate about the industry we work in. The value of the membership offered by the Meetings Industry Association is fantastic and I will be concentrating on helping the team to spread the word even further.”

Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the Meeting Industry Association, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mia to the association as she is so well known within the sector and brings a wealth of experience and commercial insight as well as a reputation for championing and advancing best practice.  Her role will be crucial to meet our aims and ambitions as we seek to further grow the Meetings Industry Association and its value to members while delivering more industry insight and highlighting the issues important to the sector.”


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Downing College Strengthens Conference Team

Downing College has enhanced its Conference Team with the appointment of Molly Payne as Conference Office Administrator.

Molly’s role includes day-to-day administrative duties and handling invoices and purchase orders, as well as managing financial spreadsheets for the Conference Office. On a weekly basis she collates and distributes the Event Function Sheets, which are then circulated to all departments to ensure all arrangements run smoothly.

Previous positions have included a range of administrative responsibilities and dealing with key customers’ requests.

Molly says: “One of the things I enjoy most about working at Downing College is that every day can be different – with a range of events and requirements. Also the staff at the College are a great team to work with.”

Downing College has a unique setting amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees yet within the historic centre of Cambridge. The original buildings date back to the beginning of the 19th century and are Neo-Classical in style conveying a sense of elegance and spaciousness.

During 2016 it retained its Gold Award from Green Tourism and won a Cambridge BID Award for its outstanding Bed & Breakfast service.



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