Our history and background.

Our history and background.

At beam, our journey is rich with history and heritage. Over the years, we have evolved and grown, always staying true to our core principles of resilience, innovation, ethics, and quality. Our legacy is built on supporting our members and setting the standard for best practices in the business events, accommodation, and meetings industry. Explore our storied past and see how our heritage continues to shape our future.

1997.fw

Peter Ducker

beam Chair

HBAA born following a conversation with 3 agency owners and started with 22 agency companies.

1998.fw

Peter Ducker

beam Chair
1999.fw

Mike Thirkettle

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2000.fw

Mike Thirkettle

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2001.fw

Charles Cockhell

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2002.fw

Charles Cockhell

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First annual dinner and first forum

2003.fw

Angie Mason

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Training introduced as a member benefit

2004.fw

Richard Eades

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2005.fw

Bob Dixon

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Code of Conduct introduced and accepted by members & partners

2006.fw

Bob Dixon

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2007.fw

Tim Gasson

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2008.fw

Sue Burgess

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First internation hotels joined – all hotels and venues were ‘partners’ (formerly ‘members’)

2009.fw

Steve Ockerby

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2010.fw

Stephen Usher

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Hotels and venue ‘partners’ become ‘members’ of the Association

2011.fw

Juliet Price

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‘International Venue Partners’ are welcomed to the association

2012.fw

Chris Peacock

beam Chair
2013.fw

Chris Parnham

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2014.fw

Chris Parnham

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2015.fw

Jacqui Kavanagh

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Code of Conduct relaunched as Code of Practice

2016.fw

Leigh Cowlinshaw

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2017.fw

Louise Goanlen

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2018.fw

Louise Goanlen

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2019.fw

Angie Mason

beam Chair
2020.fw

Lex Butler

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2021.fw

beam is born

2022.fw

The Association's 25th Anniversary

2023.fw

Sian Sayward

beam Chair

Payment toolkits launched for beam members

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