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Our 30 Year History

ABPCO has been a commanding voice for Professional Conference Organisers for more than thirty years.

ABPCO has been a commanding voice for Professional Conference Organisers for more than thirty years.  In that time we have seen a steady growth in membership, and have led on industry initiatives and campaigns.  We have always been keen to collaborate, and work hard to fulfil the mission of our members to showcase excellence in association conferences and events.  Take a look at the key industry figures who have taken the role of Chair, and our video animation that highlights key markers along the way.

ABPCO Execs

ABPCO has been incredibly lucky over its time to have been led by an amazing group of focused and driven individuals. We thank each and every one of them for honing the association into the form it takes today. The founder members were; Diana Ambrose, Conference Services Ltd, Ann Cook, ConEXion (Conference & Exhibition Services) Ltd, Jan Devon, Conference Co-Ordinates, Anthea Fortescue, Conference Associates Ltd, Pat Longley, Conference Consultants, Caroline Roney, Medical Conference Organisers, David Seekings, Conference Consultant, Sarah Storie-Pugh, Conference Services Ltd, Tony Waters, JWA Conferences & Seminars, Joan Wilkins, JWA Conferences & Seminars

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1981 - 1988

Tim Fortescue

Ron Hurley

1988 - 1991

Ron Hurley

Caroline Roney

1991 - 1993

Caroline Roney

Sarah Storie-Pugh

1993 - 1995

Sarah Storie-Pugh

David Campbell

1995 - 1998

David Campbell

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1998 - 2001

Howard Evans

Peter Mainprice

2001 - 2004

Peter Mainprice

Joy Horsfield-Gardner

2004 - 2006

Joy Horsfield-Gardner

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2006 - 2007

Jonathan Wilson

Lesley Maltman

2007 - 2009

Lesley Maltman

Rebecca Cadman-Jones

2009 - 2011

Rebecca Cadman-Jones

2011 - 2013

Michael Foreman

Jennifer Jenkins

2013 - 2015

Jennifer Jenkins

Nicole Leida and Caroline Windsor

2015 - 2017

Nicole Leida and Caroline Windsor

Rose Padmore and Therese Dolan

2017 - 2018

Rose Padmore and Therese Dolan

Jo Powel and Kate Sargent

2018 - 2020

Jo Powel and Kate Sargent

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