Showground superstar scoops national award

The Sales Manager of Pavilions of Harrogate has beaten professionals from across the UK to be crowned the best in the country.

Ben Chatburn, from Skipton but lives in Leeds, secured a place on the coveted miaList 2019, organised by the Meetings Industry Association to shine a spotlight on the industry’s greatest talent.

Recognising the individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty, the miaList showcases those inspirational individuals who play an instrumental role in making the organisation they work for so successful.

Ben had made the shortlist for the final 20 before being announced as a winner at the prestigious ceremony in London today.

Heather Parry, Managing Director said: “We always knew Ben was the best in the business and we are thrilled his talent has been recognised. We are very proud of him and our clients love him for his tenacity, attention to detail, passion and can-do attitude. We look forward to celebrating his success!”

Anyone working within, or associated with the business meetings, hospitality or events sector in the UK or Ireland was eligible for the miaList, sponsored by Epson UK.

Ben is part of a small team who run the award-winning Pavilions of Harrogate which has grown in success year on year. With events held there throughout the year, Ben has been instrumental in the recent refurbishment of the President’s Suite which hosts Royalty who visit the Great Yorkshire Show.

Fiona Stilborn, Head of Sales at the Pavilions nominated Ben. She said: “His passion shows through in everything he does however it’s as our resident wedding guru that he really excels. Ben has doubled the number of weddings host a year since taking over. He regularly comes up with creative ways to keep our wedding packages fresh and on trend.  He’s also excellent when it comes to organising corporate events and is the lead on some of our largest repeat social events.

“He’s been the driving force behind our new website and collateral as well as taking a leading hand in the recent renovation of the fabulous Swale and Esk rooms.  He keeps us on our toes with regards to the latest wedding trends and ensures that we are right on trend with everything from chairs to food. He thoroughly deserves this award and we are proud to say he is officially the best in the UK!”