The Middle East Chapter of ILEA (International Live Events Association), a voluntary global network dedicated to collaborative networking, education, and professional development of the international live events industry, has officially appointed a new president.
Lee Charteris, vice president of operations at Flash Entertainment in Abu Dhabi, has been elected to take the association forward to June 2017. A priority for the association over the coming twelve months will be to elevate the Middle East chapter within the global organisation, in turn bringing more business opportunities to the Middle East from colleagues overseas.
Health & Safety is also a key concern for ILEA, and under Charteris' leadership the organisation will continue to drive and develop awareness, best practice and educational opportunities for industry professionals throughout the year in the form of targeted events and HSE guidelines.
Former ILEA President Rebecca Wilson, who is responsible for the association’s exponential growth over the past two years, spoke at a recent AGM in Dubai’s St Regis Hotel congratulating Charteris on his new position.
She said: “I am proud to have served as President of ILEA ME. It’s been hard work, but hugely rewarding and I really feel that we have strengthened our focus on promoting professionalism and best practice, and providing a knowledge sharing platform for members and the industry."
"Our chapter has grown in size and credibility," she continued, "and we have a great board and members, all benefiting from the trust and friendships that an association like ILEA affords them. After two years I am excited to hand the reigns over to Lee and his new board who I know will carry on the good work and take the chapter to the next level."
Charteris added: "I am honoured to be elected the President of ILEA ME for 2016/2017 and I promise to lead and represent this association best I can for the coming year. I would like to recognise all board members, advisors and committee members for their continued time and efforts (all voluntary) on behalf of the association to make this rapidly growing chapter a beacon of best practice and shared knowledge."
He continued: "I ask that we come together as an industry so we can become an even stronger voice, can lobby for change where needed, and be a go-to for all those who need inspired, impartial and professional advice at every level from the individual right up to government."
The results for the most recent ILEA membership survey were also announced at the AGM. Some of the highlights included:
• Lobbying of government is a high priority for over 80 per cent of respondents
• Feedback on the H&S guidelines
• 77 per cent of those that have downloaded the guidelines have implemented them
• 96 per cent of respondents would recommend joining ILEA to an industry colleague
ILEA also has a number of networking events coming up before the end of the year. To learn more about the organisation and for information on how to become a member, click here.