The Meetings Show UK announces keynote speakers and sessions

The Meetings Show UK, which debuts at London’s Olympia, 9-11 July, has announced its speakers for a tailored education programme, which includes keynotes, presentations and panel debates.

The programme topics and themes have been put together following research led by The Meetings Show UK’s Education Panel, and has resulted in an experienced line up of industry speakers and thought leaders.

The opening day Keynote will be delivered by Paul Bridle and entitled: A Tale of Two Leadership Styles.

Bridle will argue there are many styles of leadership but there are two that make great change or accomplish great things. He will explain what it means to be a modern leader and how this may impact the meetings and events industry.

CN Managing Editor Paul Colston will be part of a Keynote Panel Debate also on the 9 July (1250-1345) entitled: Meet and Grill the Editors.

Facilitated by Patrick Delaney, MCI Group Vice-President – Industry Relations, the panel includes editors from across the world of MICE publishing (Roger Kellerman, Meetings International; Martin Lewis, Managing Editor of M&IT magazine and Marcel Vissers, Editor of Headquarters and MIM magazines.

The Keynote 2 delivered on 10 July, 2013 (0845-0945) will be from Maarten Vannest and entitled: Is Meeting Architecture the same as Meeting Design? Is Meeting Architecture a task, a profession or a discipline? will be the key question asked by Vanneste.

The Keynote Panel Debate on Day Two (0845-0945) will be: Building successful event agencies.

Agency entrepreneurs (large and boutique) will discuss the challenges of setting up and running a business in an ever changing market. The session will be facilitated by Padraic Gilligan, MCI Group Vice-President – Industry Relations and panelists will include: Jeremy Garbett, Founding Director Deeper Blue; Peter Franks, CEO, TFI Group Global; Jacqui Kavanagh, MD Trinity Conferences; Douglas O’Neill, MD Inntel; Chris Parnham, MD Absolute Corporate Events.

The Meetings Show UK, Event Director, Steve Knight said: “Our research clearly showed that the meetings industry was more interested in industry experts with integrity and years of experience in the sector rather than celebrities with little or no links to meetings. Leadership, Meetings Architecture, Media Relations and Entrepreneurship were repeatedly brought up as critically important issues where more learning was needed. These key sessions respond directly to those needs as does the rest of the education, which includes more than 50 Meet The Expert sessions covering a range of subjects such as PR, technology, compliance and sustainability.

“Our research also highlighted the fact that all too often exhibitors and visitors miss out on keynote learning opportunities due to meetings and scheduling conflicts. By holding these key sessions before the show opens, we are ensuring everyone in attendance benefits from the expertise we have on offer. Our complimentary transport system from official buyer hotels is timed to ensure hosted buyers and exhibitors staying at these hotels can benefit from complimentary travel to attend these high impact sessions.”

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