The official conference and meetings bureau for Cambridge and the surrounding area is welcoming new members to its Board, as it concludes its 25th anniversary year.

Meet Cambridge, which celebrated record results during 2023, is announcing a new line-up of highly-experienced professionals for its Board, following a number of retirements over recent months.

Chair is Gavin Flynn, Senior Bursar at Downing College, who has a background in the travel and hospitality sector and extensive experience in finance and strategy. He was a senior executive with the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for more than 15 years.

Rebecca Barnes is Conference & Sales Manager at Madingley Hall where she has worked for the last 13 years and has previously been a member of the Meet Cambridge Marketing Advisory Group.

Martin Spooner, Director of College Services at Christ’s College, comes with wide-ranging experience in operational support including change management, process analysis and people development.

Rob Preston is Domestic Bursar at St. Edmund’s College, an operational role which encompasses people-focused leadership and effective management of change.

Gavin Flynn, Chair says:

We are delighted to welcome our highly-experienced new Directors who have in-depth and exacting skillsets in the academic sphere which cross over into the business events sector. Together with Judith Sloane, Managing Director, their wise counsel and sound judgement will ensure we continue to meet the changing needs of our 50-plus venues.


The new Meet Cambridge Board, left to right: Rebecca Barnes, Conference & Sales Manager, Madingley Hall; Martin Spooner, Director of College Services, Christ’s College; Judith Sloane, Head of Meet Cambridge; Gavin Flynn (Chair), Senior Bursar, Downing College; and Rob Preston, Domestic Bursar, St. Edmund's College.