IBIA’s Steve Hoare signs for Chelsea
The end of July will see Steve Hoare, IBIA’s Events, Marketing and Membership Manager, leave for pastures new.
Steve is leaving to join Chelsea Foundation, the community arm of Chelsea Football Club, for a community coach position. He will be coaching youngsters in the community under the Chelsea FC banner.
“As I leave, I reflect on an enjoyable and busy two years at IBIA. I started in July 2014 at the office in Southampton when IBIA had some 650 members and was concentrating on two major events a year. Now, IBIA has around 800 members and a programme of international events and training courses across the regions,” says Steve.
“I have worked on some great events including conventions in Hamburg and Cancun, not to mention the 2016 convention in Gibraltar. I have also worked on many forums, both supporting IBIA’s regional offices and managing events closer to home.” Steve notes that IBIA is also working on participation in large existing events like SIBCON and SMM, helping members and prospective members with the current and upcoming challenges in the marine fuels industry.
There have been other developments too, Steve observes: “My two year tenure has also seen us move from a small office in Southampton to prestigious offices in the centre of London, a move which has helped build the visibility of the Association.”
Peter Hall, CEO, IBIA added: “Steve has often been the first point of contact for many of our members, cheerfully picking up the phone and doing his best to help. In a small team his sunny disposition has been invaluable and a great encouragement to me personally, as indeed has his flexibility to be a “jack of all trades” We thank him sincerely for his hard work and contribution to IBIA’s success during two years of rapid growth for the association.”
Many of Steve’s duties, such as membership management, will be taken over by Tara Morjaria who starts with us on 15 August. Tara is a professional administrator, with retail management experience, marketing and data management skills. She will be the first point of contact for the membership and manage the office functions along with our growing database of members.
Although Steve has enjoyed his time with IBIA, it is no wonder that the grass looks greener on the football pitch. “The opportunity to follow my passion and coach full time was too good to miss (although I don’t support Chelsea!!),” he says.
“I wish you good luck and prosperity in future,” Steve concludes.
Likewise, all of us at IBIA wish Steve a very happy transfer and every possible success in the football field!