SITE GB announces new co-presidents for 2025

Susie HarwoodBlog

The SITE GB board has announced that Deborah Crosswell and Joe O’Connell will be stepping up to the role of co-presidents in 2025. They will take over from Anthony Kelly and Leigh Butterfield who will stand down at the end of 2024 but remain on the board as immediate past presidents. Since January 2023, the chapter has been led by co-presidents Kelly and … Read More

In the spotlight: Joe O’Connell

Susie HarwoodBlog

In our latest spotlight interview, we chat to the newest member of the SITE GB Board, Black Book CEO, Joe O’Connell. Joe started his events career at Lynton Cooper, and has stayed agency side ever since, including roles at W&O Events and Reed & Mackay, and a stint at First Event setting up the agency’s London office as client services … Read More

SITE GB Leaders Retreat: The Evolution of the Incentive Programme

Susie HarwoodBlog

Is the traditional incentive travel programme dying? That was the provocative question debated by event industry leaders at the recent SITE GB Leaders Retreat at Cowdray House in West Sussex. The board of SITE GB gathered MDs of incentive agencies including Top Banana, Strata, Goose Live and Nteractive alongside senior representatives from global luxury hotel brands, DMCs and destinations to discuss the evolution of incentives at the … Read More

2022 sees biggest events ever, for SITE GB

Anthony KellyBlog

It’s a year since I took over as President of the SITE GB Chapter, and with the support of an amazing Board, we are track with all our objectives. We aim to the voice of the GB Incentives Industry and the champion of GB as an incentive destination. We wanted to increase our membership, introduce more events, and more value … Read More

Young Leaders Spotlight: Ellie Frowd

Susie HarwoodBlog

We continue our SITE GB Young Leaders spotlight series with an interview with Ellie Frowd, who was recently promoted to Event Manager at incentive agency Ulterior Events. Ellie, who studied Events Management in Manchester, gives the lowdown on her first experience of leading an incentive in Mykonos this year, shares the destinations that are most popular with clients right now, … Read More

Member spotlight: Laura Sabzabadi – Radisson Hotel Group

Susie HarwoodBlog

New SITE GB member Laura Sabzabadi has worked in the hotel industry her entire working life, starting on the front desk while still studying at university many years ago and working her way up. She’s spent the last 15 years in sales, including the last 10 years at Radisson Hotel Group, where she is currently in a Key Account Manager … Read More

Young Leaders Spotlight: Margaret Mann

Susie HarwoodBlog

We chat to the newest member of the SITE GB Young Leaders Board, Margaret Mann, about the latest incentive trends, what’s new in Thailand and the great work Meeting Industry Meeting Needs does to give back to those in need. Margaret has almost ten years’ experience representing destinations in the UK market, and currently works at MMGY Hills Balfour as … Read More

Young Leaders Spotlight: Deborah Crosswell

Susie HarwoodBlog

In our latest Young Leaders Board Member interview, we chat to Deborah Crosswell, who has worked at several leading event agencies throughout her career including Sledge, Grass Roots and MCI. She’s currently Director of Sales, The Collective, BCD Meetings & Events, her second stint at the global agency having worked for the business from 2017-2019, where she is responsible for … Read More

Young Leaders Spotlight: Rachael Boraston

Susie HarwoodBlog

Next up in our SITE GB Young Leaders spotlight series, we shine the spotlight on Rachael Boraston, Head of Destination UK for London & Partners. An experienced Sales & Marketing professional within the events industry, Rachael began in a creative global events agency and DMC, before transitioning to destination representation.  Prior to her role at London CVB, she represented Los … Read More

Young Leaders Spotlight: Justin Lear

Susie HarwoodBlog

Our next SITE GB Young Leader in the spotlight is Justin Lear, senior account manager at DMC 2B UK Ltd. Justin “fell” into the events industry, and didn’t even know what a DMC was when he took on some freelance work at 2B UK fresh after graduating. But he hasn’t looked back since and loves the day to day variety … Read More