ABPCO, the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers, has revealed the winners of its first ever awards at its celebratory 25th Anniversary Gala dinner held at St Paul’s cathedral in London last night. Sarah Storie-Pugh received the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Annie Metcalfe of Leeds Met won the coveted Student Award in recognition of academic excellence. The ABPCO ‘One to Watch, which recognises a wider contribution to the industry or innovative best practice for someone in the early years of their career, was presented to Catrina Foley of MCI Glasgow.
Each of the winners was presented with a unique glass piece created by the National Glass Centre of Sunderland, specially commissioned to commemorate these awards in celebration of ABPCO’s 25th anniversary year.
ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman said: “I am delighted to have had the honour of presenting these first ever ABPCO awards on such a momentous occasion as our 25th anniversary celebration. ABPCO has always stood for excellence in conferencing and events and the winners of these awards have been recognised for outstanding contributions in their respective categories. We received some excellent nominations for the awards and the winners should be proud of their achievement in receiving this accolade. Well done to all!