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Alan Wheelwright, HR Director
William Jackson Food Group

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Welcome from Mathias Posch - President of IAPCO

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Dear Candidate,

We are very pleased you are interested in applying for the position of Chief Executive Officer at IAPCO. I hope you will find the information in this Candidate Brief useful and more generally, the content of our website:

Our mission is to raise the standards of service amongst our members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. Our vision is to achieve global accreditation and acknowledgment of truly Professional Congress Organisers. We already have members present in a large number of countries globally and we aim to increase this membership. The organisations core values which our members embrace are vitally important to our work:

  • They are proud of their profession; they live up to the ‘P’ in PCO
  • They get involved; they are a small and active group taking responsibility for their association and the industry at large
  • They are extra-ordinary; they care about delivering the highest quality of professional services and make decisions accordingly
  • They uphold the trust; they have a responsibility to their clients, and to the whole meetings industry, to conduct business in a trustworthy way
  • They set the benchmark; they are at the forefront of innovation within their profession and always strive to improve
  • Learning is essential therefore; education is at the core of their association and everything revolves around it  

“Meeting Quality” is far more than a tagline, it is a responsibility – to our clients, to our partners, to each other as well as to the industry at large. Quality is more than just a checklist – it is an ongoing commitment to furthering our abilities and sharing best practices. It goes beyond membership and gives us an opportunity to help move our industry forward and in fact lead it.

IAPCO is the voice for PROFESSIONAL Congress Organisers in our industry. As we have been growing our international reach over the last few years, we are committed to continue on that path and promote the quality mark around the globe while putting a special focus on developing emerging conference markets.

We are a unique association, as we are a group of competitors that realise that the common purpose – being a tested and reliable partner to our clients – unites us and opens up new opportunities for all of us. It is that spirit that allows us to speak as one voice and shape the industry. IAPCO will remain committed to collaboration and it is our mandate to grow and strengthen the “P” in PCO and therefore be a reliable brand of quality to clients and our industry partners.

We are seeking to fill a brand-new, full-time self-employed appointment – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and are very excited about this new dynamic, entrepreneurial opportunity.

The CEO will hold primary responsibility for the successful leadership and management of the organisation according to the strategic direction set by the Executive Council. They will plan, organise and coordinate the goals and objectives of the association and will be responsible for overall administrative functions. They will promote the interests of our members and as such, initiate, oversee and implement efforts to achieve our mission from both an organisational and business perspective.

They will be the face of our organisation as well as the day to day contact for association affairs. There will be a need to travel internationally, therefore an ease of access to a range of destinations would be excellent. This is a great opportunity for leadership and strategic direction from a globally connected, respected champion, who understands the importance of standards of excellence through education and knowledge attainment.

If you are interested in the work of IAPCO and have the relevant experience to perform this significant role we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact our recruitment partner, Sarah Thewlis, at Thewlis Graham Associates on +44 (0)20 7850 4781 to discuss the opportunity in more detail.

Thank you for your interest.


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Mathias Posch

President, IAPCO



Our experience is that we can always expect very credible candidates, well briefed and well informed about the opportunity so he must know our market.

Alan Wheelwright, HR Director
William Jackson Food Group