Finalists of miaList 2014 announced

The meetings industry association (mia) has revealed the list of 23 finalists for the association’s miaList 2014.

The miaList 2014, supported by The Meetings Show, will be revealed at the miaList Celebratory Lunch on 7th April 2014 at Church House Conference Centre.

Jane Longhurst, mia chief executive, commented: “The miaList is an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the amazing people that make our industry a success, so I am delighted that the standard for the miaList 2014 has been high. We have received nominations from many worthy candidates and I congratulate them all. We now look to meet the finalists in order to create the miaList 2014, which I believe will be particularly strong this year, I look forward to the Celebratory Lunch at Church House in April where it will be revealed.”

The process to find the final miaList 2014 will now move to the candidate interviews stage. In January, the judges will meet the finalists during two group lunches, one held at Furniture Makers Hall, London and the other at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Video interviews with each candidate will be conducted and the videos watched by the judges, at a later date, to determine the final miaList 2014.

The 23 finalists who have the chance of inclusion on the miaList 2014 are:

Darren Benyon, Client Services Manager, Chooseyourvenue.Com

Stuart Bonser, Business Development Manager, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest

Lynn Cadwallader, Academy Host, Holiday Inn Bristol Filton

Julie Cassidy, Conference Sales Manger, Aztec Hotel & Spa

Glenn Clark, Food and Beverage Manger, Sheffield International Venues

Lucy Deller, Events Manager, Central Hall Westminster

Gary Dougan, Head Chef, Robinson College Cambridge

Helen Gooch, Conference and Events Sales Manager, De Vere Dunston Hall

Debbie Hattley, Meetings & Events Operations Manager, Thistle Brands Hatch Hotel

Clare Hodgson, Conference and Sales, South Coast Conferences

Danny Horgan, Academy Operations Manager, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury

Natasha Hughes, Customer Relations Manager, Imago

Helen Mcglynn, Conference Sales Co-Ordinator, The Old Swan Hotel Harrogate

Katie Mcphee, Community Marketing Manager, Eventbrite Inc

Sean Melville, Executive Chef-Food and Beverage Manager, Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel

Chris Mills, Conference & Events Operations Manager, Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport

Jonathan Morris, Commercial Director, 11 Cavendish Square

Denise Nelson Gale, Wedding Co-Ordinator, Midland Hotel Bradford

Karolina Orecchini, Meetings & Events Sales Executive, Jurys Inn Brighton

Franck Rosello, Central Operations and Projects Manager, ETC Venues (CBI Conference Centre)

Gemma Royle, Sales Support Manager, Jurys Inn Watford

Paulina Sowa, Meetings and Events Manager, Ironmongers Hall

Samantha Smith, Sales Office Manager, Whittlebury Hall Conference, Training Centre, Hotel and Spa

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