6 Jun 2016

Chapter President's Voice: Jane Baker MPI UK & Ireland Chapter !

Read here Jane MPI experience and what is new at MPI UK & Ireland Chapter.

Could you give us a brief overview of your professional background and how did you start your career in the Meeting Industry?

I didn’t set out to work in the events industry but after studying economics at university, I decided that rather than go into a traditional finance or accounting career, I set out into a sales career. I joined an exhibition organizer before moving onto event agencies including GPJ, CWT Meetings & Events and my current agency, 2Heads, where we deliver B2B brand experiences for firms including Bombardier, BBW Worldwide, Sony and Airbus.

How has your MPI membership affected your professional career?

Through MPI, I’ve met some great people in the events industry both in the UK and overseas, and made many friends. By hosting events on behalf of the UK & Ireland chapter, I’ve also been able to gain valuable public speaking practice that has definitely boosted my presentation confidence.

Can you tell us more about your role as Chapter President?

What’s new with the Chapter and what are the goals that you would like to achieve with the UK&I Chapter in the coming months? My year as chapter president begins in July 2016 but the wider board that I’ll work alongside has recently been elected. We meet as a team at the end of June to build our plan for the coming year in terms of campaigns, deliverables and targets. Since I joined the UK & Ireland chapter board in 2013, we’ve been focused on delivering great content at the chapter events – it’s something we’ve done well and certainly something we plan to build on during the next slate year. We’ve also launched a fantastic CMP Bootcamp programme that will continue next year. We are confident that certification will help industry professionals gain the recognition and compensation they deserve.

According to you what are the possible effects a Brexit could have on the UK Events & Meetings industry?

I think, in the long term, the UK meetings and events industry will continue to thrive irrespective of the Brexit vote outcome. As a destination, the UK boasts excellent venues, transport infrastructure and cultural attractions that make it a popular choice for incoming events. Plus the creative talent and respected supplier base means that we can expect continued demand for these services overseas. I don’t expect a vote either way to have a significant impact on these levels of demand in the long run.

What piece of advice would you give to young professionals starting a career in the Meeting and Event Industry?

Get involved in networking activities to meet as many industry colleagues as you can and build personal connections. Don’t expect networking to deliver immediate returns – it’s really unlikely that the person you meet will offer you a job the same night or invite you to an RFP for a high value project. What is more likely is that the person you’ve met will remember you from your conversation, and if they like you, they might recommend you when that job or tender comes up.

You can get involved with MPI in the UK & Ireland at these upcoming events:

  • MPI Insights – Trends in event design and measuring ROI 6 June 2016, May Fair Hotel, Green Park, London
  • Speakers include: • Bonny Shapira, event lead for Cisco Live • Sofia Godinho, head of events for Societe Generale • Jon Coventry, head of production at Banks Sadler • James Morgan, founder of Event Tech Lab • And many more
  • Register here: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/4e9a250d-28bc-439d-8f25-8dda1d73eb06
  • MPI Rendezvous at The Meeting Show 14 June 2016, Under The Bridge at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London
  • Join us for a night of networking, music and dancing for the very first Rendezvous event in Europe.
  • If you buy a Preferred or Premier MPI Membership for Planner or Supplier we will offer you the ticketfor rendezvous!

Interview from: Jane Baker, Commercial Director, 2Heads & President Elect, MPI UK & Ireland

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