Future of meetings



  • Frank Murangwa is currently the director of destination marketing; before this position, he served as the acting CEO of Rwanda Convention Bureau from January 2016 to November 2017. Frank’s core mandate is to drive the growth of Rwanda’s MICE industry. He has experience in tourism marketing and tourism quality assurance. Rwanda Convention Bureau is a destination marketing organisation that is charged with marketing and promoting Rwanda as a premier MICE destination.

  • Soraya Drost has worked in the MICE Industry for over 9 years, and is excited to now be part of The GL events Group since April first, 2018. As Soraya loves working with people, learning every day and likes a challenge, she is therefore a perfect match to World Forum The Hague, one of Europe’s leading venues and current ‘Best Overseas Venue 2017’. Soraya also started as VP MPI Next Generation - Netherlands Chapter, in June 2018.

  • LeRoy Sheppard is a commercially astute and results-driven Sales Director with a track record of successfully planning and implementing sales and marketing strategies, particularly in the hotel and travel Industry. LeRoy’s achievements have included steering the Maritim Hotels UK & Ireland Sales operation to achieve continued and prolonged growth
  • David Vaughton FIH, chairman of Venues of Excellence, has over 30 years of general management experience in hotels, conference centres and stadia. He is managing director of EEF Venues, a group of three venues, Woodland Grange in Leamington Spa, Broadway House in Westminster and Engineers’ House in Bristol, all of which are members of Venues of Excellence.

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  • In 2016 Louise joined Top Banana as Head of Venues. She is also Chair of the HBAA which has a membership of 223 venues & hotel chains and 83 agents and champions the Code of Practice that underpins the association.

  • Sara Abdullah Al Aslai is the Conferences & Exhibitions Unit Head at the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau. She is based in the UAE capital and with the wider Convention Bureau team champions Abu Dhabi as a dynamic global business events leader.

  • Join Rebecca Green, Sales Manager at ICC Wales, to discover her typical working day, what she loves about The Meetings Show and the advice she'd share with any newcomers to the industry. 

  • Louisa Watson is a highly experienced marketing and PR specialist who has worked for many years at the highest level with leading organisations, particularly in the hotel, meetings and leisure sector. She has also been Venue Chair of the HBAA in 2017 and 2018 and headed its marketing committee in 2016.

  • Denise Sharpe is the Managing Director and founding partner of London based event management company Outsourced Events. With over twenty years in the event industry, Outsourced Events has been running events for global corporates such as Dell, Citrix and renowned UK associations like the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

  • Lauren is Founder and CEO of iVvy, Australia’s multi-award-winning SaaS technology company providing enterprise software to the events and hospitality industry including the world’s first real-time marketplace with live availability and pricing of function space, F&B, group accommodation and suppliers. iVvy’s Marketplace is a real-game changer for the events industry and is deemed to be the “Expedia” of events. Launched in Australia in 2009, they are now launching in the UK at The Meetings Show : Stand TS17.
  • Nicky Harding is the manager of Conference English Riviera – a bureau dedicated to the promotion of business tourism on the English Riviera. Based within the Riviera International Conference Centre, Nicky assists event organisers in all aspects of bringing their conference to Torquay, offering a comprehensive venue finding and delegate accommodation booking service, completely free of charge. Think Conference, Think English Riviera.