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Key Rugby World Cup organiser made DMK Ambassador

Date Posted:26/01/2016

The Rugby World Cup 2015 had a huge impact on Milton Keynes, with an estimation that it brought in around £10 million to the local visitor economy but also in helping to raise the profile of the city and truly establishing it on a worldwide sporting stage.

In honour of these achievements, Destination Milton Keynes (the official tourism organisation for the city) last week awarded one of the lead members of the team that bought RWC2015 to the city – its highest award.

Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy at MK Council was made ‘DMK Ambassador’ at the organisation’s event last week to celebrate MK’s 49th birthday, held at the Mercure Parkside.

Only two people have previously been awarded the honour and it goes to members of the MK community that have made a real difference to the vitally important visitor economy, last year it was Marian Livingstone, Chair of MK City Orchestra.

DMK Chair, Dr Ann Limb, commented after the presentation; “Geoff Snelson played a massive part, on behalf of Milton Keynes Council, in bringing Rugby World Cup 2015 to Milton Keynes. He lead the internal team of council staff who made sure all the unglamorous but critical work was done behind the scenes - and at the same time stepped up to the plate to answer any tricky questions about roads and disruption asked by anxious residents.

“The event was a triumph in no small measure due to the quietly authoritative and persistently passionate way Geoff lead the team. He is a true advocate for the city in some many innovative ways and DMK is proud to recognise him as DMK ambassador 2016.”

After the award Geoff Snelson commented; “I’m very honoured to receive this award which is testament to the hard work on Rugby World Cup 2015 by a team of quality people, drawn from organisations across Milton Keynes, including great work by Destination MK and its members. Our collective success demonstrates we have the ambition, the quality, and the people in MK to achieve even more together.”

Photo caption: L-R Steven Gordon-Wilson, John Cove, Geoff Snelson