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ACE’s Angie Mason returns for second stint as HBAA chair

Absolute Corporate Events chairman Angie Mason has been appointed as HBAA chair for 2019 – her second stint in the role.

And Rachael Naylor, who is about to become director of sales at the Crowne Plaza Stratford-Upon-Avon, takes on the role of HBAA venue member chair.

As chairman of Absolute Corporate Events, Mason has a wealth of experience in event management, venue finding and hotel booking, having opened her first venue finding agency in 1991. She was a founder member of the HBAA, has served on the executive committee for many years and was chair of the HBAA in 2003.  Mason will also be the HBAA treasurer in 2019.

She succeeds Louise Goalen who was chair in both 2017 and 2018. Goalen will continue to be a member of the board as immediate past chair, along with Leigh Cowlishaw, who was chair in 2016.

Naylor, who is about to become director of sales at the Crowne Plaza Stratford-Upon-Avon, is currently HBAA vice venue chair and chair of the events committee.

Naylor began her career with IHG. She later went on to manage the conference and event sales team at Leicester Tigers before moving to Capita Travel. Until recently she was UK MICE manager at Kew Green Hotels.

Mason said: “This is an exciting year for the HBAA. As my predecessors have worked hard to lay strong foundations and build on our recent success, in 2019 we’ll be looking forward and focussing on the the next generation as the future of the industry and the association. To be chair again this year is an inspiring prospect and a great honour.”

Mason and Naylor formally took up their posts at the HBAA AGM and members meeting which, along with the HBAA’s annual dinner, took place on 11 January at the Park Plaza Victoria, London.

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