Earlier this year, the business events industry lost a good friend, mentor to many, and a wonderful colleague. Tim Birley passed away suddenly on March 27th and will be sadly missed. To the PCOA community in true Tim form, he was an active member on our hotel sub committee, driving improved opportunities for all.
I said at the outset that I am delighted to be welcoming you all in person, and I meant it – more so than usual when you consider the enormous challenges our sector and others have experienced over the past two years. I want to particularly acknowledge and thank sincerely the PCOA management committee – Paula Leishman and Karen Sainsbury, along with the PCOA councillors – Mary Sparksman, Mike Pickford, Anne Marie Quinn, Renee Bennett, Arna Wahl Davies and our fantastic team, who keep PCOA operating Maxine Tod and Cindy Axisa. What a team that has built the PCOA brand over the last 14 Years.