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Please note this agenda is subject to change. 


08:30 - 09:00 Arrival and Registration 

09:00 Chair's Welcome Remarks 
Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT 


Take celebrity Juice, The Generation Game mix it up with some Master Mind and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and you have the Game Show.

A high energy game show style session fronted by the best in the business, low on cheese, high on class, no two Zing Shows are ever the same.

Hosted by Zing Events


This keynote covers a smorgasbord of topics, from the science of motivation, engagement, and productivity, to influence, persuasion and decision making.
Key takeaways:

  • The real science behind motivation and why most organisations have it all wrong
  • Use principles of persuasion to influence
  • Lead engaged and motivated teams
  • Utilise lateral and critical thinking skills
  • Build and develop decision making skills

David will take attendees on a whistle stop tour of the ground-breaking research on motivation, persuasion, influence, engagement and high performance. From beginning to end the attendees will be asked to step out of their comfort zone, engage, interact and think about some of the big and little issues within their organisation and consider ways to apply the takeaways from the keynote and workshop tomorrow.

David Meade, David Meade Ltd

10:30 Pre Arranged 1-2-1 Meetings
Please refer to your personalised agendas for your meeting schedules

11:45 Networking Break

12:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Increasing Delegate Engagement
Depending on the type of event, attracting delegates may or may not be an issue. But engaging them always is. Not only are attendee demographics changing, but so are human behaviours across the board - so what can be done to ensure attention spans are maintained and delegates are kept happy? This session will look at marketing, audience interaction, content, production and technology that can help to capture delegates hearts and minds.
Julie Furby, Head of Events & Hospitality, KPMG
Stuart Duff, Senior Event Manager, Procurement Leaders
Jessica Badminton, Senior Events Manager - Communications, Marketing & Events, Intrinsic

13:00 Lunch and Networking Break 

14:00 Pre Arranged 1-2-1 Meetings
Please refer to your personalised agendas for your meeting schedules.

15:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Building a Solid Relationship With Your Procurement Team  
Procurement in the MICE industry is increasingly gaining a prominent role; however, this still represents some challenges. In fact, corporate event professionals - despite recognising the importance of co-operating with a procurement team - often feel the latter needs to better understand how the MICE industry operates. On the other hand, procurement teams can be instrumental in driving ROI, engage with suppliers and ensure major budget savings as well as identify how to deliver a successful event without wasting important resources where unnecessary. In this panel, we will discuss how this partnership can ensure event professionals focus on how to give the best experience to their clients by relying on their procurement team. We will also touch base on how to negotiate if, instead, you don’t have a procurement team to rely on by providing key tips on how to bargain with your suppliers.
Hetal Dassani, Global Procurement Director, Knect365 (Part of informa)
Alison Williams, Head of Events, L'Oreal
Jasna Goodwin, Event Meeting Manager Europe, CMP, Amway Europe

16:00 Networking Break

16:30 Pre Arranged 1-2-1 Meetings
Please refer to your personalised agendas for your meeting schedules.

17:30 CASE STUDY: Delivering an Engaging and Memorable Event With a 'More For Less' Approach 
Lindsay challenges the commonly held view that these two objectives in event planning can’t both be incorporated into the strategy for an event and demonstrates how in fact they can be complementary to each other without compromising on delegate experience. In this presentation she will share some of the insight and tactics deployed from the event which won “Best Use of Small Budget 2018” to demonstrate how an event can be utilised as a pivotal platform to deliver on brand strategy and still incorporate other important stakeholders across a business such as internal manufacturing teams to bring a new product launch to life.
Lindsay Andrews, Regional Business Development Manager, Tata Steel

18:00 Closing Remarks 

18:10 Check In and Relax 

19:00 Drinks Reception

20:00 Dinner and Entertainment 


09:00 Welcome Back Introduction 
Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT 

09:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Practical Steps to Create a Sustainable Events Industry
What can we do as an industry to create a 100% sustainable event? During this panel, we will discuss what simple things venues and organisers can do, such as reusable water bottles or using apps instead of printed delegate guides. But what are the major limits to delivering sustainable events? Both panellists and the audience will debate on what the possible objectives should be, best practices you could follow and tools you can employ when addressing them through an event sustainability plan. We will also take into consideration other aspects, such as how to provide a safe environment for event staff and participants through an onsite emergency and risk-management plan. We will also highlight the benefits of selecting destinations that have high renewable energy use as well as venues and corporates highly focused on reducing the use of disposable event materials.
Clara Lloyd-Beavis, Director of Sales, The Langham
Jordanna Virdee, Event Manager, Barclays International Events
Tim Benson, Team Leader - Sustainable Event Power, Sustainable Events Alliance

10:15 Networking Break 

10:30 Pre Arranged 1-2-1 Meetings
Please refer to your personalised agendas for your meeting schedules.

12:05 Wrap Up Impromptu Panel With Audience and Speakers

12:50 Chair's Closing Remarks

13:00 Lunch and Departure