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Previous Agenda

Tuesday 4 August

09:25 Registration

09:30 Chair's Opening Remarks
Calum Di Lieto

09:45 Pre-Arranged Meetings

10:45 Knowledge Exchange- How to tackle racial inequality
This open discussion will allow delegates to gain wisdom from others as we will brainstorm, circle questions and debate on practical approaches to create inclusive experiences and ensure equality.
Elena Clowes, Creative Producer, Cheerful Twenty First
Kate Scully, Global Travel Manager, G4S
Gabby Austen Browne, Co-founder, Diversity Ally

11:15 Pre-Arranged Meetings

11:55 Panel Discussion - Creativity on a Reduced Budget
The demand for creativity is in continuous demand. But, flatlining budgets due to the economic downturn have shrunk resources. Hear event planners discuss creativity in constraint and how they innovate
Graham Smith, Creative Technologist, Shelton Fleming 
Matt Culverhouse, CEO, Ten6 Creative
Kate Conway, Event Manager, Hydunai Motors UK 

12:25 Networking Break

12:35 Presentation - Dos and Don'ts of Digital Events
This session will highlight the practical elements of digital events, including overall event design, engagement and analytics. A digital expert will share best practices to ensure a seamless digital transition
Rebecca Brennan-Brown, Managing Director, The New Black Studio 

13:05 Chair's Closing Remarks

Wednesday 5 August

09:25 Registration

09:30 Chair's Opening Remarks
Calum Di Lieto

09:40 C&IT Podcast - RSVP

10:20 Networking Break

11:30 Pre-Arranged Meetings

12:10 Keynote- Future of Work
Christine Armstrong, Author & Founder, Armstrong & Partners

12:40 Coffee Break hosted by SongDivision

12:45 Panel - Has the Future of Events Changed Direction?
The coronavirus pandemic has taught us the meaning of global disruption, from business closures and national lockdowns to accelerated technology trends. What does this mean for the events industry? During this session, we’ll explore the scale of the pandemic's impact, what we've learned and predict how event professionals can adapt and adjust
Nathan Angus, Managing Director, Wildfire
Dan Walker, Head of live events, Ashfield Meetings & Events
James Hayes-Jones, Managing Director, Launch Interactions

13:15 Chair's Closing Remarks

Thursday 6 August

12:55 Registration

13:00 Chair's Opening Remarks
Calum Di Lieto

13:05 Pre-Arranged Meetings

14:05 C&IT Best Places to Work
Join us for the reveal of C&IT's Best Places to Work Awards results

14:35 Pre-Arranged Meetings

15:15 Case Study: How to Pivot to Virtual Events
Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, Orangedoor pivoted their scheduled live events into fully virtual ones. Elizabeth Heron, the company's managing director will discuss what was learned, along with tips for how you can do the same for your company.
Elizabeth Heron, CEO & Founder, OrangeDoor

15:45 Coffee Break

15:50 Panel Discussion: The Post-pandemic Talent Pool
How to engage your current staff and recruit new employees in the aftermath of COVID-19
Kevin Hosier, Co-director, GCN Talent  
Priya Narain, Co-founder, Event First Steps 
Michael Gietzen Managing Director, Identity Group

16:20 Chair's Closing Remarks

16:30 Virtual Drinks Reception hosted by SongDivision


Armstrong & Partners
Working & Parenting
Ashfield Meetings & Events
Head of Live Events
Cheerful Twenty First
Creative Producer
CEO & Founder
Shelton Flemming
Creative Technologist
Launch Interactions
Managing Director
Brands at Work
Managing Director
Hyundai Motors UK
Event and Dealer Marketing Manager
Global Travel Manager
GCN Talent
Co- founder
Ten6 Creative
Managing Director
Identity Group
Managing Director
Wildfire Agency
Managing Director
Event First Steps
The New Black Studio
Managing Director

We hope you enjoy the event


Why should you attend?

What's included?

  • Insightful content sessions on industry trends and we'll review how the industry will look post-pandemic
  • Meet with industry suppliers in pre-arranged online 1-2-1 meetings. These suppliers are ready to work with you as soon as your events take place again. 
  • Meet and build connections with like-minded professionals through online networking breaks. 

Do you qualify?

If you are a senior event or brand experience professional with the purchasing power then you could apply for your complimentary place. 

Applying is FREE, only takes a few minutes and previous delegates have said this forum brought big rewards to themselves and the organisation they worked for. 

“C&IT seemed to really hit the mark with this forum, they seem to effortlessly blend location, content, network and suppliers into a friendly, inspiring and dynamic event. If there is only one industry event I ring fence in the diary, it’s this one! I look forward to next year!” - Director, Crescendo
“A fabulous opportunity to network, learn and do business – a must within the event industry for agency professionals”Event Manager, The Pull Agency – Pull Events
“Great opportunity to see excellent venue options. In particular, the Wembley tour and evening was a treat. Good networking”Creative Producer/Communication Manager, Juice Live Communications
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General Enquiries
Olivia Petty
+44 (0) 20 8267 4125
Speaker Enquiries
Erica Oghoghorie
+44 (0)20 8267 4393
Sponsorship Opportunities:
Robert Aldhouse 
+44 (0)208 267 4755
  • 27th October (Day 1)

    • UK (GMT) 06:00 | APAC (HKT) 14:00
      US (EDT) 02:00 | US (PDT) 23:00 -
    • 09:00 - Chair's opening remarks
      Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT
    • 09:10- Ice breaker
    • 10:00 - Keynote: Managing upwards
      More details to follow

      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 10:30 - Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
    • 11:45 - Networking break
    • 12:00 - Eliminating the bone of contention between venues and event planners
      Finding the right venue plays a vital role in the success of your event and has an effect on the impression delegates walk away with. Hear from venues and event planners different aspects to focus on to ensure your event success and how best to ensure a favourable relationship.

      Venita Campbell, Senior Events Manager EMEA, Young Living Essential Oils
      Silvia Peneva, Senior Events Planner, GSMA
      Speaker to be confirmed
    • 12:30 - Breakout sessions
      Please refer to your personalised schedule

      Breakout session 1: What tech can make events delivery easier: Technology is changing the face of events. How will tech shape today and tomorrow? A better understanding of the role of technology in events and what skills you and your colleagues need to develop will help you thrive in this technology evolution.

      Breakout session 2: How to make your conferences more sustainable: Using three P's; planning, processes and policies, learn how to deliver events with zero impact to the surroundings

      Breakout session 3: Creating memorable moments at corporate events: Discuss steal worthy ideas, best practices, industry trends and new methods of engaging your attendees

      Breakout session 4: Crisis management: what you can do: Anticipate and manage potential crisis. In a crisis situation, what is the right course of action? How can design safety be incorporated into the planning process and what security measures should be in place ahead of your next meeting or event.
    • 13:00 - Lunch and networking break
    • 14:00 - Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
    • 15:15 - Making events inclusive for all delegates
      Addressing unexpected issues and ensuring attendees from all pillars of diversity are engaged in every aspect of an event; from the marketing, to the food, to the content.

      Helen Grote, NHS Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals
    • 15:35 - Networking break
    • 15:50 - Breakout sessions
      Please refer to your personalised schedule

      Breakout session 1: What tech can make events delivery easier

      Breakout session 2: How to make your conferences more sustainable

      Breakout session 3: Creating memorable moments at corporate events

      Breakout session 4: Crisis management: what you can do
    • 17:35 - Closing remarks
    • 17:40 - Check-in and relax
    • 19:00 - Drinks reception
      Dinner and Entertainment
    • 10th January (Day 2)

      • 09:00 - Welcome back
        Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT
      • 09:10- C&IT’s state of the industry report
        A collection of research and findings from across the world conducted by C&IT

        Calum Di Lieto, Editor, C&IT
      • 09:30 - Networking Break
      • 10:00 - Pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings
      • 11:15 - Impromptu Panel
        No pre arranged speakers - you volunteer yourselves and your winning topic from breakout session for the discussion! Through this lively and educational debate, we aim to wrap-up the content and ensure expectations are met.
      • 13:45 - Closing Remarks
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