Lesley Williams has stepped down from her role as UK & Ireland Chapter of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) to concentrate on her business tourism consultancy business.

Williams, the former Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh, is replaced by Diane Waldron, Director of Sales & Marketing at the QEII Centre in London, who steps in as Acting Chair, and has made the decision to stand down due to the expansion of her consultancy Caeliam.

“Lesley will be a hard act to follow,” says Diane.  “She has brought so much focus and energy to the Chapter.  In particular, the UK board has gone from strength to strength under her leadership, we are delivering more engaging and exciting content than ever and our membership has grown as a result of her dedication to the role.”

Diane Waldron, Director of Sales & Marketing at the QEII Centre in London, steps in as Acting Chair

Diane was due to step up the lead the Chapter in April but her early start as acting-chair allows her to oversee the delivery of the Chapter’s annual debate, which takes place 8-9 March in Belfast.

“I am excited by the opportunities ahead, I take on the role at a time when the chapter is stronger than ever before and look forward to seeing it develop further over the coming years,” says Diane.

The UK & Ireland Chapter’s board is made up of:


  • Diane Waldron – QEII Centre
  • Samantha Shamkh – ExCel London
  • Jackie Boughton – Barbican
  • Laura Tully – Manchester Central
  • Grainne Ni Ghiollagain – Croke Park
  • Aileen Crawford – Glasgow Convention Bureau
  • Alex Donaldson – IMEX Group
  • Rob Collins – GES
  • John Martinez – Shocklogic
  • Julie Watterston – Watterston Associates