A Coventry and Warwickshire based figure within the conference, meetings and events sector has been appointed to serve the European board of a global industry association.
Gail Tomlinson-Short, Business Development Manager at Warwick Conferences, the University of Warwick’s conference, meetings and events business, has been elected as a director of IACC Europe.
The IACC is a global community of the brightest minds within the events and conference industry whose aim is to promote the IACC’s membership of best-in-class meeting venues.
Gail is one of eight directors who form a new team supporting IACC Europe’s Board of Directors.
Having previously supported IACC Europe with the organisation of its annual conference, Gail was officially voted by European venue members to become a director.
One of IACC’s key roles is to promote best practice across the events and conference industry. In her new role, Gail aims to tap into these learnings together with a group of UK-based member venues set to convene regularly, which in turn will offer partaking members enhanced opportunities for networking, education and industry advancement.
Gail will be looking to take her learnings back to Warwick Conferences, which has already introduced a number of initiatives to help reduce its impact on the environment. Among the recent changes, Warwick Conferences has reduced single use cups and plastic water bottles usage, while it continues to source ethical, fresh and local ingredients.
Gail commented: “It is an honour to have been selected by our European members to sit on the European board and support the direction of IACC’s next chapter. I am looking forward to working with other teams across Europe and driving ways of implementing positive changes to the way events and conferences are run.
“I am positive that a dedicated UK member community holding regular meetings will allow us to disseminate key takings from our European meetings to local members who could not attend.”
PICTURE CAPTION: Gail Tomlinson-Short, Business Development Manager at Warwick Conferences.