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Meetings Industry Association seeks new chief executive

Jane Longhurst is set to step down in December after 16 years as chief executive of the Meetings Industry Association (mia).

During her time at mia, Longhurst helped grow the association from 300 members to more than 800 and has worked throughout the pandemic to provide members with the information and support they need.

Longhurst said: “The mia board of directors has known for quite a while of my intention to commence the next chapter of my life but I decided to delay my departure to support the sector through what has been the most challenging time ever faced by our industry.”

Following Longhurst’s departure, mia will be looking for a new chief executive to take over.

Steve Jones, chair of the mia said: “We are looking for a dynamic, inspirational, strong, self-starting character to take over the mantle and build on the strong foundations that Jane and the team have built. We have ambitious plans, and the successful candidate will have huge amounts of autonomy to set the future vision while receiving strategic directional support from the board.

“We are delighted that Jane will also remain as a non-executive director to ensure we can continue to take advantage of her expertise, insight and knowledge.”

He added that the mia board is very grateful to Longhurst for her commitment to the mia and the events sector and for remaining in the post to lead the trade association throughout the pandemic.

“Without Jane’s expertise, I fear the impact of Covid-19 would have been even more devastating for business meetings and events. She has been instrumental in pushing this sector to the forefront of the minds of government in terms of economic contribution and the value it brings to people’s lives and livelihoods,” Jones said.

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