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July 6, 2009

Events society seeks new leadership

The formation of a Middle East chapter of ISES (International Special Events Society) has been thrown into doubt after the departure back to the UK, of its regional president Mark Gunner, managing director of Gorgeous Creative.

Gunner was appointed president of the ISES chapter-in-formation last year. The society, which has 5,500 members in 45 chapters worldwide, was set to bring together professionals from all disciplines of the Middle East events industry through regular networking events and educational.


However, struggles with bureaucracy and the slow down in the market meant that the long-awaited society failed to ever get off the ground.


Gunner told meetme in early June: “There’s a lot of red tape in terms of setting up an organisation or committee here, and the honest truth is that it’s taken a massive delay because of everything that’s happening here [in the market].”


According to Adrian Bell, managing director of Action Impact and vice president of ISES, the priority for the society is to now move quickly to ensure that Gunner’s departure does not lead to further setbacks for its formation, with the speedy election of a new president in the next few weeks.


“Now that our president has effectively gone we have to re-elect the board. We have to move quickly and very fast to decide how we go forward in terms of leadership and constitution to get aligned for the new season. I think that this will happen early August,” Bell said.


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