The Business of Events is pleased to announce its latest confirmed speakers and contributors ahead of the UK Policy Forum, taking place on 8 November at IET London: Savoy Place.
The strong line-up includes Senthil Gopinath, CEO of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Chris Gallon, CEO EMEA, Clarion Events, Laura Wilson, Head of Convention Bureau, VisitAberdeenshire, Stephanie Newton, Head of Business Tourism, Marketing Manchester , Ian Edwards, CEO, ICC Wales and The Celtic Collection, and Chris Skeith, Chairman, UKEVENTS.
These expert contributors join an already strong line-up including BBC Newsnight Political Editor Nicholas Watt, major events producer Martin Green CBE, Identity’s Michael Gietzen, Theresa Villiers MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events, and Shonali Devereaux, who will moderate the event.
The program for the event has also been announced and can be viewed here.
The forum is an official participatory event as part of International Trade Week, taking place from 6 to 10 November 2023, and is run by the Department for Business & Trade.
The UK Policy Forum will bring together government officials and political experts from outside the events sector with the aim of improving communication between the industry and Westminster and developing a policy agenda.
Sessions at the Forum will focus on the export and inbound value of trade shows, exporting the creativity and soft power potential of events, and the importance of ambassador programs to drive innovation and change.
The final speakers to be confirmed are:
- Senthil Gopinath, CEO of ICCA
- Chris Gallon, CEO EMEA, Clarion
- Chris Skeith, Chairman, UKEVENTS
- Stephanie Newton, Head of Business Tourism, Marketing Manchester
- Laura Wilson, Head of Convention Bureau, VisitAberdeenshire
- Rachael McGuickin, director of business development, sustainability and transformation at Visit Belfast
- Ian Edwards, CEO, ICC Wales and The Celtic Collection
The last speakers will be confirmed on November 1.
The event is by invitation only. You can register your interest here.