The shortlist for the National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2018 has been announced.

The 15th annual NOEA Convention and Awards Dinner will be held at the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, Bath on November 21. Susan Tanner, chief executive of NOEA, commented: “This year saw an increase in detailed entries many deserving to be a finalist. Consequently, our judges had a hard job to decide on the three or four shortlisted in each category today.”

Alistair Turner, head judge and managing director of Eight PR and Marketing, added: “The quality of entry once again took a step forward and the introduction of Best New Event produced some amazing applications. The strength of entries was excellent and seeing some events come back shows commitment to the awards.”

Joining Turner on the judging panel was Andy McNicholl, city events manager at Liverpool Council, Rachel Baker, head of marketing at GL events UK and Sally Piggott, head of festivals at Eventbrite.

The 2018 event themed, “it could never happen to me”, will see DS Louise Wilson and DCC Ben-Julian Harrington, from Operation Gothic, address the subject in two of the sessions.

As part of the “it could never happen to me” theme, A.C.T National will welcome Bev Osborne director of Training 4 Resilience, a specialist in training for emergency response at events, to host a workshop style session for delegates.

The speakers will follow on from the keynote address from Dick Tee, managing director of Enteetainment, who will share his own experiences of “it could never happen to me” from across his career. The convention will also include a number of panel discussions as well as personal experiences from event organisers on “it could never happen to me”.

NOEA 2018 Awards shortlist:

Best Practice Award

Revival Productions (Classic Ibiza Concerts), eat:Festivals

Caterer of the Year Award

Wilde Kitchen, Tuk Tuk Café, Belistore

Event Innovation of the Year Award

Event Genius, SimpliWiFi, Stadium TM

Event of the Year Award

Vicar’s Picnic, The Leeds Castle 49th Anniversary Classical Concert, Party at The Palace, Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park

Event Organiser of the Year Award

Gill Tee and Deb Shilling – Black Deer Festival, Wild Rumpus, The Parks Trust, Bev and Sarah Milner Simmonds

Event Supplier of the Year –  Infrastructure

2CL Group, SimpliWiFi, Portakabin, FineLine Lighting

Event Supplier of the Year –  Services

Catered by Justin, Coop, LiveStyled, Green Goblet

Event Team of the Year Award

We Are The Fair, Black Deer Festival, People’s Postcode Lottery, Revival Productions (Classic Ibiza Concerts)

Large Festival of the Year Award

The Leeds Castle 40th Anniversary Classical Concert, eat:Festivals, Bournemouth 7s Festival, Cowal Highland Gathering

Medical Provider of the Year Award

SE Medical, Festimed

PR Campaign of the Year

Timber Festival, Glastonbury Abbey, Aberdeen City Council City Events

Production Partnership Year Award

We are Placemaking with Grosvenor Estates

LiveStyled with Barclaycard

Redwood Event Solutions with Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park

Timber Festival

Small Event of the Year

Dunstable Town Council, Smoked and Uncut, Dangerous Dad’s Network

Small Festival of the Year

EDF Festival, Just So Festival, World Yoga Festival

Sporting Event of the Year Award

Arnold Clark Car and Van Rental/Ryder Cup,  Bournemouth 7s Festivals

Student Event of the Year

Bournemouth University: Fusion Festival: Abracadabra – Benefitting CoppaFeel! UK

University of Gloucestershire Final Year Event Management Students with Clair Greenaway and John Lannon

Haven Events – Victoria Greenhall (project manager) Derby University

Best New Event Award

Black Deer Festival (Gill Tee and Deb Shilling)

Timber Festival, Slam Dunk Festival

Glastonbury Abbey, Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival

The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award

Aberdeen City Council City Events

Party at The Palace, EDF Festival