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Boyle takes top job at organisers’ association

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has appointed Martin Boyle, director of Europe for convention bureau BESydney, as its new CEO.

Boyle will take the helm in April next year, replacing executive director Sarah Storie-Pugh, who will continue in a part-time capacity at the Isle-of-Wight, UK-based organisation.

He has filled numerous posts in the last 20 years, working in various countries across the meetings and events industry. He has launched start-ups in Canada, driven sales at an international convention centre, and worked with international associations while at a PCO in the UK.

He said he was joining the association as a ‘pivotal’ time in its 50 year history.

“In today’s work space, truly successful organisations set themselves apart from the norm by their attention to service quality and their focus on continued growth and development and IAPCO and its members are shining examples of this philosophy in action.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the IAPCO council and on behalf of IAPCO members and partners to further develop the IAPCO offer and ensure that, together, we can continue to raise standards, provide lasting economic value and continue to be the voice of the truly professional conference organiser around the world.”

Storie-Pugh added: “I think this is a wonderful opportunity for IAPCO to go forward into its next 50 years, and I am delighted to be continuing, albeit in a part time role, to support Martin Boyle in IAPCO’s ongoing global influence.”

Boyle will become CEO with effect of 1st April 2019.