The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) has unveiled the theme and key speakers for its 2018 convention, taking place at The Guildhall, Bath in November this year. The convention theme is a return to “traditional NOEA territory” with content challenging an “it could never happen to me” approach.

The association has also confirmed producer Dick Tee, Linda Krawecke from Tiger Tea health and safety, and Kevin Wade, event insurance specialist, to lead the speaker line up. NOEA has promised “each session will bring to life the new risks event producers are presented with in 2019 and ways to mitigate them as a community”.

Andy Grove, president of NOEA, commented: “This is a return to classic, traditional NOEA territory. In the past we’ve looked at commercialisation, ethical business, and our relationship with brands. But the one thing that unites all our members is that we’re the ones who build the foundations to make great events happen, and we do this by ensuring our events are safe and secure first.

“So many event organisers still believe that ‘it could never happen to them’ and sometimes it won’t. But when it does, we have to be prepared and we need to change this attitude as an industry, to make sure we continue to be seen as professional and best in class around the world.”

Speakers will continue to be confirmed throughout the spring with the event taking place November 22 at The Guildhall, Bath, ahead of the association’s annual awards ceremony at The Pump Rooms, Bath, later in the evening.