IEM uses UK Events Week and Confex to call for funding to back its vision

The Institute of Event Management (IEM) is to make a call for funding at International Confex this week. The IEM is bringing together a panel of industry shapers to examine the way forward on Thursday 3 March, in the Olympia Room at Olympia London.

The IEM describes itself as a professional body set up to deliver recognition for the industry, but is underlining that funding is required to produce the qualification framework and accreditation process, develop the career pathways and prepare the body of knowledge required.

The IEM’s Executive Board chair, Susan Spibey, says: “Event industry employers, which include government and local authorities who think there is no value in having a professional body, will benefit from this session. It will be a great opportunity to hear from the professionals in other sectors about the benefits of recognition and the support provided to them in their own respective fields.”

Planned as part of the UK Events Week to raise awareness of the importance of professional recognition in the events industry, the IEM’s session will demonstrate the benefits of being an events industry ‘professional’ and encourage employers to support its development.

The speaker line-up for the session includes:

· Richard Limb, president of the National Outdoor Events Association, an IEM Board member and a member of the IOSH, the Institute of Safety and Health.
· Bob Ferneyhough, IEM Board member, who will look at ways in which links with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the CIPD, would be of benefit.
· Catherine Morgan, head of events with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and the CIPR.
· Ben Turner, from the Association of Professional Sales.

Spibey adds: “All of the sectors represented by our speakers impact on the successful delivery of events, be they meetings, congresses, exhibitions, outdoor events or festivals.

“James Heappey MP and Chair of the newly-reconstituted All Party Parliamentary Group for Events has given his ‘unequivocal’ support for the Institute of Event Management, recognising it is included in the BVEP Manifesto but says that industry must fund its establishment.”

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