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EVCOM welcomes Jagger as CEO and unveils new board

EVCOM has officially welcomed Leigh Jagger as its new CEO – and unveiled its new board.

EVCOM members gathered at the House of St Barnabas for the AGM, where Dale Parmenter of DRPG and Pete Stevenson of The Edge Picture Company welcomed attendees. Jennifer Jenkins gave her final report as CEO before passing over to EVCOM’s new CEO, Leigh Jagger.

The new board members who will be leading EVCOM into the future were also announced. Hayley Greaves (Ashfield Meetings & Events & SPARK Thinking.), Alex James (BCD M&E), Mike Phillipson (BLITZ GES), Jon Gout (Karma), Tim Langford (Tim Langford Film), Toby Low (Merchant Cantos), Dean Beswick (Gorilla Gorilla), Angelee Rathor (Seven Events), Charlotte Gentry (Pure Events) and Gaye Bennett (Radley Yeldar) make up the new additions to the board. With representation from across the live event and corporate film sectors, the new members expressed their excitement at driving EVCOM and the communications industries forwards.

Jagger said: “I am really excited to begin this new chapter of EVCOM history with such a qualified and driven group of people. I look forward to seeing where we are able to take EVCOM together.”

Members and board members, new and old, were then able to mingle over mid-morning teas and coffees, having expressed their views on how they want to shape EVCOM in the future, and how EVCOM can best serve its membership.

Earlier this year Jagger told M&IT that her aim in the role was to represent the membership. She said: “It’s a great opportunity. There’s a wide mix of members and I want to understand what they want from the association, what they are currently getting, where they can get more value. One of my first priorities is to make sure that I get the opportunity to really engage with the members.”

One of the tasks Jagger is keen to address is becoming more up to speed with the visual communications members, while other key issues are talent retention and the Brexit scenario.

With more than 30 years of business experience, Jagger has been involved with growing a company from a small agency into a large corporate multi-national team and was Banks Sadler’s first female MD. In 2016, Jagger received the Meeting Industry Association’s Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to the industry.