Who We Are
Meetpie.com – the event industry’s number one portal – is published by CAT Publications, specialists in the international events industry since 1987. The recipe is a large portion of experience, a dash of energy, a slice of youthful enthusiasm and a sprinkling of motivation. The result is a deep understanding of the meetings and event industry and a team spirit with the drive to make things happen. Experience is in every strand of the CAT structure because the company ethos is to keep and nurture its key people to build a knowledge-based team.
It begins at the top where our three directors share more than 100 years experience of the international events industry! Richard Corser, Martin Lewis and Steve Lewis make up a trio with an unrivalled track record in meetings industry publishing. Martin directs our editorial teams and marketing activities while Steve heads up the commercial operation. Richard manages our production department and is ably assisted by Production Manager Amanda Ludman who joined us 28 years ago!
But long service is a feature of the structure throughout the organisation. Marketing Communications Director Maria Voller joined CAT Publications 15 years ago and has managed the communications and events team including the hugely successful M&IT Industry Awards programme that has raised more than £900,000 for charity. She is ably supported by Liz Coleridge who has spent 19 years with CAT. Maria is also the manager of our web-based product offering and is responsible for its constant development as we add new features and fresh functionality.
Rob Spalding has been writing about the international conference market for 42 years. As Associate Editor of Association Meetings International and the ConventionSource.com directory, he brings a practised eye to today’s fast-moving industry with the wisdom gained over decades of editing meetings industry publications.
Sally Trelford joined our editorial team 26 years ago as Deputy Editor of Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine. Now, as Associate Editor, her huge knowledge of the industry we serve is invaluable to the bright, young journalists in our team. Graphic Designer Steve Ward has spent 21 years creating magazine pages and visuals for CAT products.
Nicola President has more than 20 years experience of sales and marketing in the meetings industry and as Group Sales Director guides our sales team in the UK and overseas. Nicola’s team also has extensive knowledge of our industry and focuses on delivering the most appropriate marketing medium to our customers through a consultative approach – whether in print, online, virtual or live.
CAT Publications relies heavily on the expertise of these experienced key personnel to lead motivated teams of younger people and develop our products and services in a dynamic marketplace. Keeping talented people requires management, motivation and reward. Our personnel management is overseen by Jackie Treharne who has herself served the company for 16 years. CAT Publications is proud to have brought together such a knowledgeable and skilled team of experts in their field. This is what differentiates us from our competitors. These experts have gained huge experience of the market and have driven CAT Publications to be an innovator, a leader and the creator of such initiatives as National Meetings Week, The Meetings Industry Marketing Awards, the M&IT Industry Awards and the registered charity Meetings Industry Meeting Needs. That’s what experience does – it creates expertise.