Chris Peacock, co-founder and director of Conference Care, will lead the HBAA as Chairman over the next 12 months.
Chris brings with him a wealth of experience in the industry, having previously assumed the roles of Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the HBAA, alongside many achievements throughout his career. In his new role Chris will be supported by Zibrant’s managing director Chris Parnham, who has been elected as Vice Chair. Parnham has been involved with the HBAA executive committee since November 2010 and his recent participation as head of the membership committee has been pivotal in helping the Association raise its sector profile and achieve an increase in membership.
Commenting on his election, Peacock said, “I feel extremely privileged and excited to take up this role. I know from my association with the HBAA that it really is a powerhouse for best practice and that it continues to go from strength to strength based on the forging of strong relationships both within the organisation and externally.
“We will continue to equip our members with the tools for their business to grow, offer best advice in any new legislation that is planned and aim to become a key player in the development of future industry leaders.”
Parnham said, "I am very pleased to have been appointed; it really is a great honour. I very much look forward to working with Chris Peacock and the new executive committee when I take up my appointment.”
HBAA’s Executive Director, Peter Ducker, said, “I am delighted that Chris Peacock and Chris Parnham have agreed to take up these high-profile roles. Their knowledge and experience in the UK and overseas will be a great addition to the Association as we try to grow the HBAA’s brand in important overseas markets.”
Chris Peacock will develop the HBAA’s strategy as well as overseeing the executive committee members:
Vice Chair - Chris Parnham, Zibrant
Past Chair - Juliet Price
Executive Director - Peter Ducker
Treasurer - Stephen Usher, Trinity Event Management
Academy Committee Chair - Ellis Salsby, Ellis Salsby
Events Committee Chair - Jill Fleming, Absolute Corporate Events
Technology Innovation and Environment (TIE) Committee Chair - Adam Woods, Hotelscene
Membership Committee Chair - Tracey Symcox, BSI
Marketing Committee Chair - Andrew Deakin, Conference Care
Meetings Committee Chair – Gareth Crowder, Zibrant
Special Projects - Sue Burgess, Inntel
International Projects - Steve Ockerby, Logical Venue Solutions
Serviced Apartment Sector Chair - Ricky Kapoor, Hotelworld
Peacock will make his inaugural speech to over 500 members at the HBAA’s Annual Dinner on January 13th 2012 at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. His address will see him outline the Association’s objectives for the year ahead and reveal the charity he has chosen for the Association to support in 2012.