The Event Suppliers and Services Association (ESSA) has announced the content for its conference at Stadium MK on 29 November.
The annual conference for ESSA members and guests returns to the venue with a line up of influential speakers and practical sessions.
These include Ed Gillespie, a writer, entrepreneur and co-founder of communications agency Futerra, as well as sales & marketing director at Stadium MK, Andy Gibb.
Professionally, Gillespie is known for his own unique brand of authentic ‘insultancy’ – being strategically rude to clients, with judicious wit and wisdom to inspire them to greater heights and aspirations.
His presentation will be followed by a new feature for the conference, where delegates will split into three break-out sessions. Two cross-association Working Groups will feed back and discuss their work in the areas of technology and electrics, and there will also be a ‘Solutions Room’ where members can discuss common issues, offering potential solutions in a moderated, peer to peer session.
Debra Searle MVO, MBE (pictured) will round off the day with her keynote presentation. Searle shot to fame for rowing the Atlantic solo, after her teammate suffered a medical setback and had to retire. As a motivational speaker and presenter of over 40 BBC programmes, Searle has brought her inspirational messages to audiences including TEDx, Airbus, Nestlé, Google, AstraZeneca and many more.
ESSA director Andrew Harrison said: “With this year’s conference we wanted to increase our focus on member participation, and with the addition of working group feedback and peer to peer problem-solving, we are aiming to add a new element this year.
“We have secured some excellent, thought-provoking guest speakers and made sure there is plenty of time allowed for networking, something our members want at every ESSA event.”