Events Events 2020

AGENDA

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AGENDA AT A GLANCE

View the complete Events Events programme as a pdf.

  • 1. Conference Summit


  • 2. Awards Summit


  • 3. Venue Summit


  • 4. Association Summit


  • 5. Leaders Summit


  • 6. Round Tables


    • Building a culture where young people feel valued
    • Providing a job with purpose to keep young people engaged
    • Managing stress and developing a wellness culture
    • Building a career path to stem the constant “moving on” syndrome
    Plenary session

  • Incisive Media, celebrating its 25 year anniversary in 2020, is still a fast growing, award-winning B2B media and events business. Working in two core markets, financial services and technology, they provide business intelligence and access to networks of business professionals through events. Tim Weller, the company’s founder and Chairman will share some of his experiences giving us insights into building his business both organically and by acquisition, some stories of things that went wrong, and his considered thoughts on the outlook for the future of the industry.
    Plenary session

  • A wide ranging discussion around societal change and key trends within the events industry from workforce, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, free events, technology and innovation. The discussion will reflect the wide experience of these industry leaders including recent research results, shared experiences both positive and more challenging and insights into how you can adopt some of their conclusions in your organisation.
    Plenary session

  • The keys to a successful conference business are more and more in making sure you focus on what is profitable while expanding and developing what you have into large scale annual events. Adding innovation in format and also new revenue streams around existing products, profitable organisations have a formula that works. But what are the new products that will deliver new revenue streams, how can you maximise revenue from existing product and what is new on the horizon? The Conference Summit gives you a chance to lift your head above the parapet for one day, and give yourself headspace to take in some new ideas, benchmark your progress against others in the industry and make some new and useful contacts.

    • Defining large scale events and how they may differ fundamentally from smaller conferences
    • Creating compelling content to generate high levels of interest from speakers, delegates and sponsors
    • Revealing the secrets to success based on experience and risks, that paid off

    • Redefining the core product away from just the event
    • Identifying low hanging fruit that can bring new revenue streams quickly and easily
    • Defining long term strategic goals that could redesign your business
    • Vanessa Lovatt, Former Managing Director, IQPC Digital

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • Neil is passionate about diversity, for him it is not about quotas but about socio-economics. In order to broaden the talent pool at Random House, he has actively tried recruiting from non-traditional areas and regions as it's only through reaching out to people who would not normally consider publishing as a career path that you can attract them in the first place. Looking further ahead, as the millennial generation appear to place a high value on work/life balance, what impact does that have on companies? Join this workshop to learn from Neil, share your ideas and take away some thoughts to implement back in the office.

    Delegates have the opportunity to join this workshop or move to the roundtables.
    Plenary session

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • A panel, comprising award winners from both new and established companies, will centre their discussion around some really new and different concepts for updating event formats from gamification to experiential learning, creating the wow factor, boosting creativity and delivering true innovation.

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    Plenary session

  • It’s frustrating to know you can’t be in two places at once, but here is a chance to catch up on what you missed throughout the day. Each chair will share highlights from their Summits, giving you a chance to learn from sessions you missed, and also to ask any questions you may still have. The Q&A will be managed through Slido and you will be able to add your questions throughout the day.
    Plenary session

  • From her catapult into the national media after winning Masterchef to growing her business from 1 restaurant to 27 whilst simultaneously raising three young children, writing a national restaurant column and campaigning on many topics including better school food and sustainability, Tommi has faced and overcome many challenges. In this humorous and highly personal talk Tommi shares some of those challenges and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
    Plenary session

    • Building a culture where young people feel valued
    • Providing a job with purpose to keep young people engaged
    • Managing stress and developing a wellness culture
    • Building a career path to stem the constant “moving on” syndrome
    Plenary session

  • Incisive Media, celebrating its 25 year anniversary in 2020, is still a fast growing, award-winning B2B media and events business. Working in two core markets, financial services and technology, they provide business intelligence and access to networks of business professionals through events. Tim Weller, the company’s founder and Chairman will share some of his experiences giving us insights into building his business both organically and by acquisition, some stories of things that went wrong, and his considered thoughts on the outlook for the future of the industry.
    Plenary session

  • A wide ranging discussion around societal change and key trends within the events industry from workforce, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, free events, technology and innovation. The discussion will reflect the wide experience of these industry leaders including recent research results, shared experiences both positive and more challenging and insights into how you can adopt some of their conclusions in your organisation.
    Plenary session

  • It is no longer easy to raise sponsorship for awards that can be perceived as little more than a booze-up and a jolly. Across all industry sectors, sponsors now need to see value in their sponsorship that goes beyond the actual event itself into thought leadership, content and contact with industry players. The Awards Summit will take an in depth look at this issue focusing on multi-contact programmes, exposure and benefits for all involved (not just the winners) and how the actual production on the day can add real long term value.

    • Demonstrating benefits to sponsors from being an active part of the entire process
    • Exploiting the content and data generated as value-add for sponsors
    • Driving value from activities outside the “night” such as video content, social media and partnerships

    • Creating a year round programme that the industry is proud to be part of
    • Moving away from “pay to play”: defining your value proposition and demonstrating a bona fide judging process
    • Building recognition and visibility for finalists, judges and others involved in the process who are not necessarily “winners”

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • Neil is passionate about diversity, for him it is not about quotas but about socio-economics. In order to broaden the talent pool at Random House, he has actively tried recruiting from non-traditional areas and regions as it's only through reaching out to people who would not normally consider publishing as a career path that you can attract them in the first place. Looking further ahead, as the millennial generation appear to place a high value on work/life balance, what impact does that have on companies? Join this workshop to learn from Neil, share your ideas and take away some thoughts to implement back in the office.

    Delegates have the opportunity to join this workshop or move to the roundtables.
    Plenary session

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • The panel will share some of the bright new ideas that they have tried and tested at their own events. From new formats, to keeping regular events fresh, trials with less formal ceremonies, and other innovative ways to keep the guests coming back every year.

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    Plenary session

  • It’s frustrating to know you can’t be in two places at once, but here is a chance to catch up on what you missed throughout the day. Each chair will share highlights from their Summits, giving you a chance to learn from sessions you missed, and also to ask any questions you may still have. The Q&A will be managed through Slido and you will be able to add your questions throughout the day.
    Plenary session

  • From her catapult into the national media after winning Masterchef to growing her business from 1 restaurant to 27 whilst simultaneously raising three young children, writing a national restaurant column and campaigning on many topics including better school food and sustainability, Tommi has faced and overcome many challenges. In this humorous and highly personal talk Tommi shares some of those challenges and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
    Plenary session

    • Building a culture where young people feel valued
    • Providing a job with purpose to keep young people engaged
    • Managing stress and developing a wellness culture
    • Building a career path to stem the constant “moving on” syndrome
    Plenary session

  • Incisive Media, celebrating its 25 year anniversary in 2020, is still a fast growing, award-winning B2B media and events business. Working in two core markets, financial services and technology, they provide business intelligence and access to networks of business professionals through events. Tim Weller, the company’s founder and Chairman will share some of his experiences giving us insights into building his business both organically and by acquisition, some stories of things that went wrong, and his considered thoughts on the outlook for the future of the industry.
    Plenary session

  • A wide ranging discussion around societal change and key trends within the events industry from workforce, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, free events, technology and innovation. The discussion will reflect the wide experience of these industry leaders including recent research results, shared experiences both positive and more challenging and insights into how you can adopt some of their conclusions in your organisation.
    Plenary session

  • For the 2020 event we are lucky to have Steve Sayer GM at O2 to open the conference with a keynote presentation on venue trends in 2020 and the future. Steve will share his vision and insight into what can truly deliver commercial success and the value of strategic business development in driving real new revenue.

    • Dynamic change in live events
    • Personalisation and immersion
    • Event technology accelerating with 5G

    • Creating an inspirational sustainability culture that staff are proud to implement
    • Defining sustainability practices that really make a difference
    • Insights into some of the latest technologies
    • Building a transparent supply chain to gain visibility and control over resources and suppliers

    • Cecilia Lavin, Regional Sales Manager – South of England, Sodexo – The Crystal
    • Sue Walker, Catering Operations Manager, The Crystal

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • Neil is passionate about diversity, for him it is not about quotas but about socio-economics. In order to broaden the talent pool at Random House, he has actively tried recruiting from non-traditional areas and regions as it's only through reaching out to people who would not normally consider publishing as a career path that you can attract them in the first place. Looking further ahead, as the millennial generation appear to place a high value on work/life balance, what impact does that have on companies? Join this workshop to learn from Neil, share your ideas and take away some thoughts to implement back in the office.

    Delegates have the opportunity to join this workshop or move to the roundtables.
    Plenary session

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • With chefs and managers from some of London’s leading food venues, the panel will openly share and discuss their thoughts on the latest event catering trends from instagrammable to zero waste, inclusive to experiential, plus dipping into some of the challenges along the way and how they have overcome them.

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    Plenary session

  • It’s frustrating to know you can’t be in two places at once, but here is a chance to catch up on what you missed throughout the day. Each chair will share highlights from their Summits, giving you a chance to learn from sessions you missed, and also to ask any questions you may still have. The Q&A will be managed through Slido and you will be able to add your questions throughout the day.
    Plenary session

  • From her catapult into the national media after winning Masterchef to growing her business from 1 restaurant to 27 whilst simultaneously raising three young children, writing a national restaurant column and campaigning on many topics including better school food and sustainability, Tommi has faced and overcome many challenges. In this humorous and highly personal talk Tommi shares some of those challenges and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
    Plenary session

    • Building a culture where young people feel valued
    • Providing a job with purpose to keep young people engaged
    • Managing stress and developing a wellness culture
    • Building a career path to stem the constant “moving on” syndrome
    Plenary session

  • Incisive Media, celebrating its 25 year anniversary in 2020, is still a fast growing, award-winning B2B media and events business. Working in two core markets, financial services and technology, they provide business intelligence and access to networks of business professionals through events. Tim Weller, the company’s founder and Chairman will share some of his experiences giving us insights into building his business both organically and by acquisition, some stories of things that went wrong, and his considered thoughts on the outlook for the future of the industry.
    Plenary session

  • A wide ranging discussion around societal change and key trends within the events industry from workforce, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, free events, technology and innovation. The discussion will reflect the wide experience of these industry leaders including recent research results, shared experiences both positive and more challenging and insights into how you can adopt some of their conclusions in your organisation.
    Plenary session

  • Associations run literally thousands of events a year from small local workshops to huge global conferences. Key to success for associations is that the members perceive the value in the events offered and are proud and keen to attend. The Association Summit will focus on how you can deliver this from innovative ideas on keeping annual events fresh, to delivering a wow factor on a limited budget, collaborating internally to build membership and revenue while raising the profile of the events function within your association.

    • Starting from the bottom up to ensure high quality creative content on the day
    • Taking amazing ideas from big budget events and translating them into association budgets
    • Reversing the business model, finding the balance between content and delegate experience and building long term relationships with suppliers.

    • Positioning the events team within the association to ensure recognition as a key professional part of the association
    • Demonstrating how you deliver value to the association and members by positioning the events as a central benefit to members
    • Working with outside accreditation bodies to gain credibility

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • Neil is passionate about diversity, for him it is not about quotas but about socio-economics. In order to broaden the talent pool at Random House, he has actively tried recruiting from non-traditional areas and regions as it's only through reaching out to people who would not normally consider publishing as a career path that you can attract them in the first place. Looking further ahead, as the millennial generation appear to place a high value on work/life balance, what impact does that have on companies? Join this workshop to learn from Neil, share your ideas and take away some thoughts to implement back in the office.

    Delegates have the opportunity to join this workshop or move to the roundtables.
    Plenary session

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • This high-level panel, featuring CEOs and directors from a range of associations, will discuss the importance of collaboration and the position that events can play in requiring different areas of the organisation to work together. This can sometimes expose challenges and the panellists will share how they have recognised and dealt with these in their organisations.
    • Andy Burman, CEO, British Dietetic Association (BDA)
    • Debbie Dore, Chief Executive, Association for Project Management
    • Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, National Landlords Association
    • Tania Morrill, Head of Marketing, British Coatings Federation
    • Gaynor Pates, Operations Director, Railway Industry Association

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    Plenary session

  • It’s frustrating to know you can’t be in two places at once, but here is a chance to catch up on what you missed throughout the day. Each chair will share highlights from their Summits, giving you a chance to learn from sessions you missed, and also to ask any questions you may still have. The Q&A will be managed through Slido and you will be able to add your questions throughout the day.
    Plenary session

  • From her catapult into the national media after winning Masterchef to growing her business from 1 restaurant to 27 whilst simultaneously raising three young children, writing a national restaurant column and campaigning on many topics including better school food and sustainability, Tommi has faced and overcome many challenges. In this humorous and highly personal talk Tommi shares some of those challenges and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
    Plenary session

    • Building a culture where young people feel valued
    • Providing a job with purpose to keep young people engaged
    • Managing stress and developing a wellness culture
    • Building a career path to stem the constant “moving on” syndrome
    Plenary session

  • Incisive Media, celebrating its 25 year anniversary in 2020, is still a fast growing, award-winning B2B media and events business. Working in two core markets, financial services and technology, they provide business intelligence and access to networks of business professionals through events. Tim Weller, the company’s founder and Chairman will share some of his experiences giving us insights into building his business both organically and by acquisition, some stories of things that went wrong, and his considered thoughts on the outlook for the future of the industry.
    Plenary session

  • A wide ranging discussion around societal change and key trends within the events industry from workforce, gender equality, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, free events, technology and innovation. The discussion will reflect the wide experience of these industry leaders including recent research results, shared experiences both positive and more challenging and insights into how you can adopt some of their conclusions in your organisation.
    Plenary session

  • Join fellow CEOs and MDs of commercial conference companies to discuss some of the key issues for successful management and growth. Share experiences and ideas, make new contacts and pick up key insights. The Leaders’ Summit is by invitation only. It is a closed door session and everything shared within the session is confidential. Likely topics for discussion include: new revenue streams, community building, impact of 5G, year round engagement and the impact on production, company valuation, innovative team organisation and recruitment, management and reward. This session includes a working lunch.

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues. Find out more by scrolling back to the top of the agenda and clicking on the Round Tables agenda tab at the top of this page.

  •  
    Plenary session

  • It’s frustrating to know you can’t be in two places at once, but here is a chance to catch up on what you missed throughout the day. Each chair will share highlights from their Summits, giving you a chance to learn from sessions you missed, and also to ask any questions you may still have. The Q&A will be managed through Slido and you will be able to add your questions throughout the day.
    Plenary session

  • From her catapult into the national media after winning Masterchef to growing her business from 1 restaurant to 27 whilst simultaneously raising three young children, writing a national restaurant column and campaigning on many topics including better school food and sustainability, Tommi has faced and overcome many challenges. In this humorous and highly personal talk Tommi shares some of those challenges and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
    Plenary session

  • Join a round table with nine other like-minded professionals for a detailed discussion around a topic of interest to all in the group. Share your experiences and learn from others, make great contacts and enjoy some time participating actively in the knowledge exchange. Topics will be advertised in advance and places on tables will be allocated on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Each table will have a moderator who will introduce and guide the discussion. This activity is highly rated by delegates who enjoy both the interaction and also the chance to meet new and interesting colleagues.

  • Torsten de Riese, Chief Content Scientist, Google Mentor

  • Jose Bort, CEO & Co, Founder, EventsCase

  • Nigel Clear, Director of Conferences, STM Journals, Elsevier

  • Ian Rutherford, Managing Director, Wyvern DM Ltd

  • Vanessa Lovatt, Former Managing Director, IQPC Digital

  • Steve Sayer, Vice President & General Manager, The O2

  • Russell Morrow, Trainer, The Media House & Managing Director, Morrow Consulting

  • Nick Bish, NB Consulting

  • Fiona Miller, Group Events Director, Wilmington Healthcare

  • Jonjo Glynn, Venues Director, White Light Ltd

  • Zofia Prokopova, Partner Events Lead, Slido

  • Torsten de Riese, Chief Content Scientist, Google Mentor

  • Jose Bort, CEO & Co, Founder, EventsCase

  • Mandana White, CEO, Smart Grid Forums

  • Sandeep Saujani, CEO, Contentive

  • John Nugent, CEO, Green and Fortune


  • Russ Morrow, Trainer, The Media House & Managing Director, Morrow Consulting

  • Jonjo Glynn, Venues Director, White Light Ltd

  • Zofia Prokopova, Partner Events Lead, Slido