Supporting ‘the Next Generation’ of event professionals will be the central theme of HBAA initiatives in 2019.
In her address to a packed hall at the Park Plaza Victoria London, at the association’s first Members Meeting of the year, new HBAA Chair Angie Mason unveiled this theme as the focus for the year ahead. As part of this HBAA will be exploring opportunities for collaborating with the Prince’s Trust and will develop specialist frameworks and resources to help attract, nurture, and retain the next generation. There will also be a bank of highly experienced industry professionals who will provide continuous mentorship. Younger members will be invited to shadow the HBAA board at events and activities throughout 2019.
As part of the HBAA’s commitment to best practice, Angie Mason said that the HBAA Code of Practice will be updated in 2019 as part of its biennial review cycle.
Rachael Naylor, the new HBAA Venue Member Chair announced the launch of a Venue Members meeting, designed to forge closer collaboration between venues. This is set to take place along with the Great Venue Showcase on 11 and 12 April.
‘It’s OK not to be OK’
The HBAA will also be driving a major initiative to encourage action on mental health issues in the event industry. Determined to be forward-thinking, the HBAA will be introducing a training course for members to become mental health ‘first aiders’ and all HBAA Executive Committee members will undergo this specialist training. A dedicated page on the HBAA website will offer an online toolkit with valuable advice on mental health and the topic will on the agenda at every HBAA Members Meeting during the year. The #HBAA2BOK campaign will encourage members to accept that ‘It’s OK not to be OK’.