British country house hotel and venues group, Exclusive Hotels and Venues, has announced senior-level event industry stakeholders have joined a new Meetings & Events Advisory Board, developed to secure closer engagement with key influencers in the M&E community and continually evolve Exclusive’s proposition and opportunity in the M&E market.

The new Exclusive advisory board comprises expert meetings industry executives from around the world including, Chris Foy, Head of Business Visits & Events at Visit Britain; Tracy Halliwell MBE, Head of Business Tourism at London & Partners; Fay Sharpe, Managing Director of Zibrant; Heather Lishman, Executive Director for ABPCO; Jennifer Jenkins, Managing Director of MCI UK; Ben Goedegebuure, Global General Manager EMEA, Maritz Travel Company; Jane Baker, Commercial Director at 2Heads; Chris Parnham, Managing Director at Absolute Corporate Events and Jacqui Kavanagh, CEO at Trinity Event Solutions along with Jodi Collen CSEP, President of the International Special Events Society and Jennifer Claire Scott CSEP, Event Director at Empire Force Events both based in the USA.

Johanne Holman, Group Director of Sales & Marketing at Exclusive Hotels and Venues commented, “The meetings and events market is incredibly important to Exclusive and this new initiative will help us to gain a greater insight and connectivity with those key decision makers and end users of the M&E space whilst allowing us to truly develop our proposition to ensure we continue to stand out.”

Johanne continues, “In recruiting exceptional leaders in the M&E industry to our new advisory board, we’re committed to moving even further forward in this sector and are delighted to have a unique group of experts in their field, outside of our own business, with whom to regularly consult and advise to ensure we can react quickly to the market and enhance our position as an industry leader in the sector.”

Designed to ensure greater connection with buyers and to develop new curated experiences for M&E delegates, the advisory board will meet regularly throughout the year with Exclusive’s senior management team in the form of focus groups, round table discussions and consultative events at Exclusive’s group of four 5*star luxury hotels and two dedicated meeting and training venues across the South of England.

The group will meet for the first time on 11th May at Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa in Bagshot, Surrey.