March 28, 2023

HBAA’s diversity move

By Bev Fearis, published 8/07/20

Events and hospitality association, the HBAA, has renamed and re-purposed its Next Gen Board as the Diversity & Inclusion Board (D&I).


It said the move is a ‘natural evolution’ of its #HBAAfuturefit vision, designed to make sure the association is ‘robust, relevant and fit for purpose’ in the future, and will also provide a platform for the under-represented in the sector.

The HBAA will also refresh its Terms of Ethics to promote equal opportunities and inclusivity and ensure all members’ mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of the association.

The move comes after recent global protests against racism and discrimination and the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which the HBAA said it unequivocally supports.

Angie Mason, HBAA Board Director and Treasurer, explained: “When we reviewed the make-up of the Next Gen Board, it was evident that despite the team being appointed based upon their passion and enthusiasm, they cover diversity and inclusion and represent our future.”

A joint statement from the D&I Board said: “We are proud to be the Diversity and Inclusion Board, which will be at the forefront of effecting necessary change and instrumental in taking this diverse industry from strength to strength.’’

The D&I Board is led by Ryan Doyle of Park Regis Birmingham, Anthony Kwokori of the Barbican and Olivia Woolley of Hotel and Travel Solutions.

Woolley added: “It is great to be launching this during Pride Month. We are so fortunate to work in a diverse industry. Ryan, Anthony and myself naturally fit into this. Our focus will be to rework the terms of ethics and shape what this means for our members, HBAA events and our supply chains.’’

The Next Gen Board was originally set up in 2019 by HBAA Board to champion important industry issues and to ensure members, and the wider industry, remain relevant, diverse and inclusive.