Just under 150 delegates attended the 2018 Annual NOEA Convention and Awards as the association posted record delegates for the day’s theme “it could never happen to me”.

The convention itself included a series of speeches and panel discussions, built around a live scenario workshop. Dick Tee, managing director of EnTEEtainment, bought to bare more than 37 years-worth of experience as the opening keynote speaker for the day, in a speech that covered everything from adverse weather, cancellation, security alerts, national bereavement and crowd control.

The National Events Intelligence Unit (NEIU) then took to the stage with up-to-date information on the issues affecting major events into 2019, but to also share the numerous successes and achievements of the unit since it rebranded from Operation Gothic. There were also stories from Becky Stevens, event safety consultant and director of Hybred Events, and industry consultant Simon Hughes.

However, the main set piece of the day was a live role play presented by A.C.T National and was led by Bev Osborne, director of Training 4 Resilience. Osborne firstly presented a crisis scenario, and then invited the delegation to vote on a series of decisions through a live poll, eventually leading to a conclusion for the event. The individual session was followed up by a group workshop where tables were given different scenarios and invited to suggest actions and strategies for dealing with them.

Linda Krawecke, business development manager at Tiger Tea, shared an update on her businesses work around creating “safe places” at festival sites throughout the summer, before the audience was given a supplier’s perspective with NOEA Futures Supporters, A.C.T National, GL events, Eventbrite and Arnold Clarke.

The day finished with a summarising panel discussion with Nick Morgan, We Are the Fair; Tom Clements, Vice Chair, NOEA; CC BJ Harrington; Chris Hall and Phil Atkinson, A.C.T (National), Kevin Wade, Wrightsure; moderated by Phil Day from Laceys Solicitors.