Meetings industry experts have met to thrash out the future of
More than 20 meetings and events organisers, plus colleges
and universities involved in the industry, took part in the Institute of Event Management meeting
at the NEC Birmingham.
Attendees included Brian Pell the NEC’s director of operations,
Giselle Ripken, Grass Roots, Richard Limb, president of NOEA), Jacinta
Scannell, managing director The Conference Collective Ltd, Caroline Jackson , University
of Bournemouth, and Chris Lawson, MCL Create Scotland.
The visual minutes (pictured) were captured by Tim Caswell
of Creative Connection.
The meeting focused on creating the events profession, the
complex reality of events and their global footprint.
The attendees heard updates on events sector initiatives
including UNICEO (the International Corporate Event Planners Network), the
Trailblazer Apprenticeship Programme for Event Management, UK Government
Events, the UK Meetings Show and the benefits of National Occupational
Standards and Routes to Professional Recognition.
IEM chair, Susan Spibey, said Tim Caswell “wowed everyone
who attended with his understanding and creative input on the ideas and
frustrations, hopes and dreams involved in establishing the IEM as a major
player in the national and international events sector.
“Our next meeting
will take place during The Meetings Show in London’s Olympia complex, July 7 to
9. I’m hoping even more stakeholders will join us and that Tim will help us to
“extend the conversation” aimed at driving the Institute into ever more creativity.
The IEM now has over 40 professional stakeholders and support continues to
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