Jacqui Kavanagh, managing director of Trinity Event Solutions has been elected to the position of vice chair for the 2014 membership year. An active member of the HBAA since its inception in 1997, Jacqui will continue to help the association raise its profile within the industry with the aim of increasing membership and will be responsible for driving best practice and innovation within the association.
A long-standing advocate of the HBAA and an active agent member of the association, Jacqui previously held the position of chair of the association’s marketing committee. Jacqui re-joins the executive committee and becomes a board director with the primary objective of supporting current chairman Chris Parnham’s plans for the association throughout 2014.
Jacqui Kavanagh is a specialist in the hotel booking and event sector running her own agency for ten years. In 2006 Jacqui founded Trinity, which specialises in venue finding, event management and booking accommodation for multiple industry sectors worldwide. Since its conception, Trinity has expanded significantly, and having been an HBAA member since 2006, was honoured for ‘Promoting Excellence within the Industry’ at the association’s 2011 awards.
Jacqui’s commitment to driving standards in the sector has seen her influence span across several committees, sitting on hotel groups’ advisory boards and panels for GIBTM in Abu Dhabi and the German Convention Bureau as well as acting as an executive council member for the Meetings Industry Association (MIA). In 2006, she won the Shine Awards, Business Owner of the Year.
In September 2013 Jacqui picked up the HBAA’s John Rees Community Award on behalf of Trinity. The award recognised the agency for its impressive fundraising efforts, which saw the company raise more than £20,000 for three local charities.
Jacqui Kavanagh said, “After being away from the executive committee for the last three years, I have been very impressed by the achievements of the HBAA executive team. I am delighted to be working to support Chris, Juliet and the Committee to achieve next year’s objectives and ensure that the HBAA is the voice of all industry matters in our sector.”
Chris Parnham, HBAA chairman said, “We are thrilled that Jacqui will once again be bringing her unrivalled experience and influence to the HBAA’s executive committee. 2014 is set to be an exciting year, as we are working hard to continue the implementation of positive changes for our members, in line with our new strategy.
No-one understands the importance of the HBAA’s work more than Jacqui, and her personal commitment to maintaining and promoting the HBAA’s code of conduct will ensure that the association continues to move from strength to strength. I am extremely dedicated to the HBAA and can think of no-one better to take on the role of vice chair.”