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Stuart Forrester has been appointed as Executive Director of Historic Conference Centres of Europe (HCCE), the only international association of historic conference centres in the world, from 1st July 2014.

Stuart succeeds John Thompson who will retire having spent nearly four years in the role. Stuart comes with a wealth of industry experience managing events at global brands and more recently Chair of one of the UK’s oldest event associations.

Stuart Forrester says: “I am delighted and very much looking forward to working with HCCE, taking on the challenge which lies ahead and building on the success of John, the HCCE Directors and Members.”

He continues: “I believe HCCE is well placed to offer a unique and culturally different group of venues to stimulate and engage delegates. HCCE has a strong brand and every venue within the group are equal in their professional delivery and attention to detail in hosting events.”


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Picture content: (Left to right)
Stuart Forrester - Executive Director
Armin Egger - President (Congress Graz)
John Thompson - retiring Executive Director
Silke Asbeck - Director (Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal)
Raymond Horper - Treasurer & Director (Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster)
Jean-Marc Droulers - Vice President & Director (Villa Erba)

The Historic Conference Centres of Europe - HCCE - is a unique marketing focused association, that promotes conference and convention centres in heritage buildings and the culture rich destinations in which they are located.

Founded in October 1996, and with a current membership of 19 centres in 13 countries, it is the only international association of historic conference centres in the world.

The main objective of HCCE is to increase international and national awareness of the facilities available in its historic conference venues. The members of this alliance strengthen their brand-name while they expand their services to their regional, national, and international clients.

HCCE is a recognised quality seal in the meetings, conference and exhibition industry.

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