New chair and vice-chair for Event Industry HR Group


The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced the appointment of a new chair and vice-chair for the Event Industry HR Group. This cross-association group was created last year and is responsible for capturing and defining member wants and needs within the human resources sector, all of which are shared, discussed and tackled as a collective. The group is comprised of members of the AEV, the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), the Association of Event Organiser (AEO) and event industry HR professionals.

Cheryl Busby

Cheryl Busby of Clarion Events and Rajeshree Pragji of the QEII Centre have been confirmed as the chair and vice-chair respectively and will assume their responsibilities when the group next meets on Tuesday, October 3, 2018.

Busby relished the opportunity saying, “I am delighted to be the new chair of the Event Industry HR Group. Trevor Foley will be a very tough act to follow and I want to thank him for building and supporting this group with his inclusive and open style. Thankfully Raj Pragji from QEII will be on hand to help fill Trevor’s big boots as our vice-chair.”

“I have been a member of the group since its inception,” continued Busby, “and I really value our ability to collaborate, share best practice and openly explore shared HR challenges and opportunities, whilst we benchmark and learn from each other. As an HR professional, trainer and facilitator with a strong commercial background, I aim to support the group with valuable content, discussion and debate to enable us to drive HR results and quality for the cross-industry businesses we work for.”


Pragji echoed Busby’s sentiments, saying, “I am pleased to take on the vice-chair’s role on the Event Industry HR Group. It is such a valuable way for us to share and learn from our peers, given its cross-association makeup. I look forward to helping evolve the group and supporting Cheryl as she takes over the reins as chair.”

Rajeshree Pragji

Rachel Parker, AEV director, welcomed Busby and Pragji to their new roles, “I never fail to be impressed by the calibre of these working groups and their participants. I’m confident that both Cheryl and Raj are the perfect choice for chair and vice-chair. Their commitment to contributing to, and building on, the progress of the group is unquestionable, and their combined experience and knowledge will be great assets to the group going forward.”

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