Award winning business leaders and industry experts to speak at The Conference and Hospitality Show

Carole McKellar
Pete Wilkinson, Carole McKellar, Liz Taylor and Richard Newman and are among the business leaders and industry experts speaking at the Conference and Hospitality Show 2016 (CHS). CHS is the leading event in the North for event organisers and PAs and will be held at the first direct Arena on the 26th April 2016.

The show will feature two stages: The Main Stage, with educational topics designed to encourage and inform event organisers and venue bookers, and the PA Stage, with speakers specifically chosen to inspire and educate PAs (full programme below).  

Multi-award winning motivational speaker, Pete Wilkinson will be presenting ‘Unstoppable’ - a keynote session based on his bestselling book of the same name that will encourage delegates to become unstoppable in life. Pete has an MBA from Newcastle Business School, is a published author, an Ironman Triathlete and successful business owner.  

Carole McKellar is managing director Northern Europe for HelmsBriscoe, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and an active member of MPI. Her session will look at how to make a companywide meetings policy work and will be for corporate buyers only (by invitation).  

Television’s ‘Millionaire Party Planner’, Liz Taylor will present a session where she shares experiences and anecdotes from a 30 year career that has seen the corporate events management industry blossom.  

The London Business School’s official specialist in business communication, Richard Newman will be presenting a session on how to increase impact and influence through communication. Richard is an award-winning expert in communication, influence and leadership.  

Emma Cartmell, managing director CHS Group said: “This year’s educational programme is really exciting. Our inspirational speakers have been chosen to appeal to our audience and address the specific needs of event organisers and PAs. Each session will leave buyers educated, engaged, motivated and above all inspired to be a true rock star organiser.”  

Now in its seventh year, the Conference and Hospitality Show is the leading event in the North for event organisers, venue finders and PAs. This year, the show is being held on Tuesday 26th April and is relocating to the world class first direct Arena in central Leeds. The show operates an established hosted buyer programme – which is open for applications at:

Key show highlights:
• Over 200 venues, hotels, technology providers and many other national meeting industry suppliers under one roof.
• 2016 marks a 40 percent growth in the number of exhibitors and floor space.
• The new city centre location will make it even easier for visitors to attend - whether for the whole day, the afternoon or to pop in for a couple of hours for a few focused meetings and a seminar or two.
• The After Show Party will be hosted by Sandals & Beaches Resorts.
• Doors open at 9.00 for VIP preview hour, and for visitors at 10am. Doors close at 4.30pm
• Tuesday 26th April at the first direct arena, Leeds.

Speaker Programme:
Main Stage
10:30 - 11:15AM
Richard Newman - Increase Your Impact and Influence
Do you want to have more presence, authority, influence and confidence to persuade people with your ideas? Many great ideas have failed through being poorly communicated.  Discover how to take your ideas and communicate them with the greatest impact on the people around you.  

13:15 - 14:00PM
Bianca Robinson - Your Social Media might Rock but does it get Bums on Seats?
You've got your event all planned and now you need your target audience to sit up, take notice, get booked and then shout about it from the rooftops, giving your event the very best chance of success. Bianca will take you through her approach to effective digital marketing for building anticipation for buzzing events and ultimately filling up those seats.  

14:30 - 15:15PM
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Pete Wilkinson - Unstoppable
What would your life and business look like if you were Unstoppable? In his content rich and humorous keynote presentation Pete will share the most important question you should ask yourself. He’ll share why you should ask it and then a simple action plan that fits on a single page to help you Be Unstoppable in your life and fulfil your potential.  

PA Stage Programme:
10:00 - 10:45AM
Teely Pearson Webb - The Oldest ‘Newcomer’
Teely will speak about how she worked her way up to becoming an ‘Award Winning PA’ via a variety of jobs and positions, some that helped, and some that did not! Overcoming challenges, hard times and disappointments to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming an EA, Teely highlights just a few of those moments.  

11:00 - 11:45AM
Sarah Caswell - From PA to EA
Embracing change and challenges, becoming a business partner and advisor to those you support. How do you take the next step? This session will help you with making the transition from PA to EA.  

13:30pm - 14:00pm
Dalya Perry-Bernstein - Conference Planning From Thought to Finish
Dayla will discuss her background, cover particular meetings and conferences she has organised, including the potential pit falls and how to avoid them. She will also cover the importance of negotiating with venues to get the best deal and shares her successes and tips of how to organise a memorable conference.  

14:00 - 14:45PM
Liz Taylor - Millionaire Party Planner
Television’s Millionaire Party Planner, Liz Taylor, share experiences and anecdotes from a 30 year career that has seen the corporate events management industry blossom from a small-scale emerging idea, to a multi-million pound marketing tool that engages customers, drives sales, showcases talent and puts brands to the forefront of the consumer mind.  

11.30- 12.15 Location TBC (corporate session - invitation only)
Carole  McKellar - How do you make a companywide meetings policy work?
You know it make sense to set meetings standards across your company, but everyone has their own style and favourite suppliers and no-one wants to lose control of their meetings. This session will focus on engaging with the various meeting organisers across your company and gaining their commitment to a standard meetings approach.

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