The Business of Events Senior Leadership Forum Programme

Senior Leadership Forum
Tuesday 17th March 2020, The Mermaid London

TimeContentSpeakers / Location
8.30Arrival, Registration and CoffeeTaking place in the Lower River Room
9.20Delegates to take seats in the Upper River Room
9.30Welcome and IntroductionSimon Hughes, Vice Chair BVEP
9:40                             Whitehall Briefing What do the new Government priorities mean for the UK Event sector?Stephen Darke, Head of Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport
10:00    The Challenge of COVID-19 What does the industry need to do to recover quickly from the Coronavirus crisis and what lessons do we need to learn to safeguard events in the future?Shane Hannam, ibtm Judy Elvey, Cvent Sheriff Karamat, PCMA Allen Simpson, London & Partners
11.00                        Coffee and ConversationTaking place in the Lower River Room
11:30                        Making UK Events GREAT How is VisitBritain working to make the UK a leading destination for business events?Fiona Macdonald, Senior Manager Business Events, VisitBritain
12.00The Tourism Sector Deal – What can we Deliver in the Post-Brexit Landscape? Events helped land the Governments landmark Tourism Sector Deal – but can we now deliver on it?Joss Croft, UKInbound Kurt Jansen, Tourism Alliance Andy Lenthall, PSA Kate Nicholls, UK Hospitality
13:00                         LunchTaking place in the Lower River Room
14.15State of the Union A look at the business events landscape post-election and Brexit with an update from leading UK destinationsKerrin MacPhie, MeetEngland Neil Brownlee, VisitScotland Heledd Williams, Visit Wales Tracy Halliwell MBE, London & Partners
14.45Trends Update An overview of the latest business events industry report and the impact of culture and festival data on the sectorDr Caroline Jackson, Events Industry Forum John Gallery, BVEP
15.15Tea and ChatTaking place in the Lower River Room
15.45Talent and Skills
An update and recommendations on the Event Industry Skills Report
EIB Talent Taskforce
16.00The Big Conversation – the Future of the UK Events SectorGiles Smith, Deputy Director for Heritage, Tourism, and Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport
16.30Audience Feedback 
17.00Thank You and Close 
17.00Drinks, Canapés and Conversation
Courtesy of The Mermaid London
Taking place in the Upper River Room

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