Association Event Network March 2019 - Page 3

Contents March 2019 3 Association Event Manager Best Cities Global Alliance 5: Editorial Managing editor: Paul Colston Editor: Martin Fullard Business Managing director: Julian Agostini Group publishing director: Liz Agostini Senior designer Kateryna Smirnova Production manager Elizabeth Nixon Subscriptions Circulation manager: Bret Weekes The importance of partnerships and impact work. International Confex 6: Preview: Association Event Forum at International Confex. Roadmap to the future 8-9: ABPCO shares its roadmap to a more sustainable future. Excellence Awards 10: Meet the winners of ABPCO's Excellence Awards. Global Conference Network 13: How to create a must-attend association event. Winning formula 17: Meet Ann Swain, winner of ABPCO's Best Leadership of an Association Award. Brexit Published by Mash Media Second Floor Apple Market House 17 Union Street Kingston Upon Thames KT1 1RR 18: Richard Catton, media manager at Harrogate Convention Centre, looks at hoe Brexit may impact association events. Recognising quality The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) held its annual Chairmen's Lunch and Excellence Awards at the Scottish Event Campus just before Christmas. It was my first proper experience of the event and offered a welcome opportunity to mingle and chat with association event managers from a broad range of sectors. It was humbling, in fact, to see such passion and enthusiasm for the industry and, indeed, such knowledge of how it works. In this issue, we look back at the event, as well as hearing from ABPCO about what the Association Event Forum at International Confex, 26-27 February at Olympia London, has in store for event professionals. ABPCO also shares with us their roadmap to a sustainable future – which is a subject that remains of paramount importance. AEM also hears from Paul Vallee, MD at Best Cities Global, on how forging partnerships is key to long-term success. The Association of Association Executives also confirms details of its forthcoming Associations World Congress. If you are at International Confex, pop by the Conference News Pavilion and say hi. Visit: Tel: +44 (0)208 481 1122 Views expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the publisher. Printed by Pensord Martin Fullard Editor, Mash Media Group