CEO at International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO)
In April 2019, Martin joined the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) as the new CEO where he oversees the strategic management of the not-for-profit membership association whose members managed over 21,400 events in 2019 alone worth a total economic impact value of over 12.8 billion euros.
Martin has a wealth of experience and a strategic vision that has been shaped over decades of working across a number of countries in the events and meetings industry. After university and a successful run as a restauranteur, he launched an event management start-up in Canada in the late 1990’s. At the same time, he launched a digital marketing company whose purpose was to take event photography on-line and link event attendees to corporate and charity sponsors’ on-line presence (pre-Facebook and twitter!). For the past 15 years, he has focussed his attention and built his knowledge and experience of corporate, NGO and association conference business as part of an international convention centre team, then as a Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) in the UK and 6 years as the Director of Europe for the partner and government-funded Convention Bureau of Sydney, Australia.
He is a strong believer that events drive positive societal and economic change.