2019 National Events Conference

Embracing Innovation, Delivering Change
The flagship industry conference for the Events & Festivals sector in Scotland

 

Monday 9 September

The Gleneagles Hotel

Programme

With the national events strategy, Scotland the Perfect Stage, at its core, the 2019 National Events Conference theme is Embracing Innovation, Delivering Change. Speakers and delegates will consider innovation, change, future opportunities and challenges. The day will comprise a mix of inspiring keynote presentations and practical breakouts session, providing delegates with a first-class opportunity to hear from industry experts and share experiences, plus plenty time to meet industry colleagues and enjoy the fabulous surrounds of Gleneagles resort.

 

Delegates will spend the morning and lunch in Gleneagles Hotel and will then be transferred to the hospitality suites in the Moncrieffe Pavilion on the Solheim Cup event site for the afternoon breakout sessions and closing plenary.

 

TIME

ACTIVITY

LOCATION

09:00

REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS

Glen Devon Room

10:05

Welcome Address

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Ballroom

10:15

Opening Remarks

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland

Ballroom

10:25

The Game is Changing: Policy Innovation & Social Legacies for Major Events

Bruce Dewar, CEO & President, Lift Philanthropy Partners

Ballroom

11:10

REFRESHMENTS

Glen Devon Room

11:35

Impacts 18: Legacy from Major Cultural Events

Dr Beatriz Garcia, Director, Impacts 18 / European Capital of Culture Research Programme

Ballroom

12:00

Let's Change The Way We Move - Can Scotland Go Dutch?

Nick Chamberlin, Policy Manager, British Cycling

Ballroom

12:30

Imagination Sets Us Free

Helen Marriage MBE, Director, Artichoke

Ballroom

13:00

LUNCH

Strathearn Room

13:50

Delegates transfer The Solheim Cup site

Moncrieffe Pavilion

14:05

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

When booking your Delegate Place you will be asked to select one Breakout Session from each Breakout Series. If you are already registered as a Delegate but have not yet selected your Breakout Sessions, please login to the conference booking platform with your confirmation code and associated email address to modify your booking.

 

 

BREAKOUT SERIES 1

 

Keynote Panel Discussion + Q&A

 

Bruce Dewar, President & CEO LIFT Philanthropy Partners and Legacy Advisor to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Helen Marriage MBE, Director, Artichoke

Dr Beatriz Garcia, Director, Impacts 18 | European Capital of Culture Research Programme

Nick Chamberlin, Policy Manager, British Cycling

 

A facilitated panel discussion with Keynote speakers from the morning sessions, providing delegates with a great opportunity in an extended and less formal environment to ask questions, discuss the topics raised and share their own experience.

 

 

Events & Sustainability

 

Jonathan Smith, Founder & Executive Director, GEO Foundation (consultant to The Solheim Cup)

Dan Withall, Estates and Sustainability Manager, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Lachlan Kirk, Implementation Advisor, Resource Efficient Scotland

 

Environmental change is one of the biggest challenges facing the Events & Festivals sector. Alongside their own personal desire to act responsibly, event organisers face pressure from all sides to deliver events that minimise environmental impact. Many events have responded positively to the challenge and become high-profile ambassadors for the innovation that drives sustainability, particularly around single-use plastics. Delegates will hear from sector experts with case studies from two major events, plus have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experience.  

 

 

Visitor & Audience Trends

 

Chris Greenwood, Senior Tourism Insight Manager, VisitScotland

Cimeon Ellerton, Chief Product Officer, The Audience Agency

 

An opportunity to hear from senior representatives of two organisations at the forefront of identifying, understanding and tracking current visitor and audience trends. Delegates will also be invited to share their own experience of changing audiences and the impact on their events and festivals.

 

 

Solheim Cup Site Tour

 

A unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at The 2019 Solheim Cup and hear from some of the key people delivering the biggest event in women’s golf. 

 

 

Moncrieffe Pavilion

15:05

BREAKOUT SERIES 2

 

 

Broadcast Innovation

 

Jason Wessely, Executive Producer, Sky Sports Golf

Jack McGill, CEO, QTV

 

An exciting chance to hear from three leaders of innovation in event broadcasting.  What are Sky Sports doing to innovate in the face of developing and disrupting sports broadcasts?  How do QTV work with sports to reach, engage and develop their viewing audience?

 

 

Emergency Services Update

 

Superintendent James Royan, Police Scotland

Scottish Ambulance Service

Scottish Fire Service & Rescue Service

 

The relationship between event organisers and the emergency services is vital. During this session, delegates will be able to hear updates from senior representatives at Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service. Key topics covered will include their approach to events and festivals, cost recovery, Safety Advisory Groups and integration into event planning. Importantly, delegates will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experience.

 

 

Data Driven Innovation

 

Joshua Ryan-Saha, Data Driven Innovation Lead for Tourism & Festivals, University of Edinburgh

Lyndsey Jackson, Deputy CEO, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Oliver Davis, Head of Marketing & Development, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

James McVeigh, Head of Marketing and Innovation, Festivals Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region aims to be the Data Capital of Europe.  What does this mean and what are some of the opportunities around data driven innovation for the Events & Festivals sector?  Hear how Edinburgh’s world-famous Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh Festivals’ strategic umbrella body are working to harness the power of data to develop their audiences and maintain the city’s global competitive edge.

 

 

Solheim Cup Site Tour

 

A unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at The 2019 Solheim Cup and hear from some of the key people delivering the biggest event in women’s golf. 

 

 

Moncrieffe Pavilion

16:00

Closing Remarks

(Announcement to follow)

Moncrieffe Pavilion

16:30

FINISH & REFRESHMENTS

Moncrieffe Pavilion

 

Please note: Programme is subject to change

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