Awards Summit Agenda

Using passion, innovation & creativity to expand & accelerate your awards portfolio…

08.15 Optional Breakfast Briefing

House of Brands or House of Cards? An outside view of the events industry based on experience of working closely with Informa.

The events market is changing rapidly. Face to face will always play a part but there will be fewer which requires changes in business model to win.  Within the fabric of the industry, partnering and communities are becoming vital.  Data driven decision making is key in this as is being part of the industry community.  Digital platforms enable both of these to happen – can you afford not to win this?

Michael Von Der Geest,  Advisory – EMEIA, Ernst & Young LLP

08.45 Registration

09.15 Welcome address and warm up

Charlie Crowe, Chairman, Csquared

09.30 OPENING KEYNOTE – a plenary session for all 4 Summits

How did Mobile World Congress get to be the most successful B2B conference in the world?

  • Through the lens of the key elements
    • Conference
    • Venue
    • Awards
    • Marketing
  • Understanding the philosophy for future development
John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd
Michael O’Hara, CMO, GSMA

10.15 Networking break

Awards Summit Chair: Simone Broadhurst, Events Director, Incisive Media

10.45 Keeping it Fresh: Maintaining Interest in an Established Awards Event

  • Strategies for keeping your industry engaged year on year
  • Maintaining the quality of entries
  • Growing the number of entries
  • Breathing in new life and deciding when to reinvent
  • Boosting revenue through alternative revenue streams
Melissa Irving, Group Event Director, Construction & Engineering, EMAP

11.25  Best Practice in Creating and Launching a new Must-Attend Industry Awards Event

A panel discussion based around case studies of successful new events.

Paul Sagoo, Founder, The Asian Awards
Damian Bailey, Founder and Chairman of the Judging Panel, The Wedding Industry Awards
Geoff Curran, Commercial Director & Co-founder, Energy Live News – The Energy Live Consultancy Awards

12.30 Buffet Lunch

14.00 Securing & Retaining More Sponsorship Revenue & Maximising Value for  Sponsors

  • Demonstrating ROI for your sponsors
  • Which stats and how to deliver them?
  • Extending face to face contact outside the awards night
  • Expanding networking opportunities for sponsors
  • How to measure success and growth internally
Sarah Austin, Awards Director, UBM EMEA

14.30 Social Media IS your Marketing Strategy

  • Generating entries
  • Increasing table sales
  • As part of the judging process
  • Wider PR
  • Nurturing your industry influencers
Matthew Riviere, Head of Marketing, Civil Society Media
Jenni O’Donovan, Head of Events, Civil Society Media

15.00 A Different Take on Launching into New Regions to Maximise Impact from the First Event: Passion, Creativity and Influence

Jason Gale, Creator, London Lifestyle Awards

15.45 Networking break


  1. Novel approaches to judging: how to attract key judges, online vs in person, live polling, new approaches
    Paul Sagoo, Founder, The Asian Awards
  2. Creativity and excellence in Awards Marketing
    Damian Bailey, Founder and Chairman of the Judging Panel, The Wedding Industry Awards
    Matthew Riviere, Head of Marketing, Civil Society Media
  3. Innovation and Creativity in Awards
    Geoff Curran, Commercial Director & Co-founder, Energy Live News – The Energy Live Consultancy Awards
  4. Getting maximum value from your Host or Chairman
    Nick Gold, Owner and Managing Director, Speakers Corner


Masterthief: Achieving Breakthrough by Challenging Industry Norms and Stealing Ideas from Outside your Current Environment

From flat beds on BA flights to the turnaround of Eurostar and Sainsbury’s Bank, Hamish Taylor drives innovation in businesses, successfully leading them through times of change or challenge by putting the customer at the heart of any brand or offering. As a speaker, he provides business insight at all levels, inspiring you with his humorous stories, practical tools and infectious enthusiasm to look outside your current environment.

Hamish Taylor, Former CEO Sainsbury’s Bank and Eurostar

17.30 Closing Address

17.35 Networking Drinks Party


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