Conference Awards 10th Anniversary Celebrations

And it’s all over in our 10th Anniversary competition…

CONGRATULATIONS to all our 10 winners – and we look forward to celebrating with you on the 5th July !


Winner of Challenge #10

CONGRATULATIONS to Asia Manzoor of the National Federation of Builders who has won the final challenge with their words of advice to their “younger selves”. 


I would tell myself to…follow my passion and my skills and just go for it! Don’t be scared to fail, as every bump or hurdle is a learning curve.


Winner of Challenge #9

CONGRATULATIONS to James Smith of Hennik Group who enchanted the Judges with his acount of meeting his wife at the 1000+ delegate investment conference she produced in Jakarta back in 2007. 




Winner of Challenge #8

CONGRATULATIONS to Lizzy Dring, Director of Right Angle Corporate who impressed the Judges with her tale of interview eccentricity and exuberance…



Winner of Challenge #7

Congratulations to Michalis Kiotis and the team at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square who beat off some very stiff competition with this gem.


Winner of Challenge #6

The winner of the competition to tell us who had inspired them most during their career in events was Kenny Fahim from Green Power Global who nominated his CEO Nadim Chaudry. Congratulations to him and we hope he enjoys his VIP ticket to the ceremony in July.




The challenge was to give 10 words which best described WORKING IN CONFERENCES.

Despite some tough competition they impressed with their answer:

‘People-centric, diverse and innovative; it’s powered by hard-work and comradery’

Winner of Challenge #5

The winner of the competition to tell us their worst event disaster story was Natasha Russell of Natasha Russell Events. Congratulations to her and read her epic tale of woe below :

This was some time ago when working for a household name charity, I arrived to deliver a big (5,000 attendee) running event, the venue had not one but two other ‘events’ set up around the venue, which obstructed our set up and course.

Then one of my key volunteers managed to hit her hand with a mallet causing her and her husband to leave for A & E and leave two key volunteer positions vacant. As runners started to arrive some animal rights protesters turned up to stage a protest – stopping every single car coming in and causing major traffic issues, the event site having been compromised earlier was by now packed with people and with issues coming in left right and centre I have to lock myself into the van to call the police about the protestors, at which point I receive a radio message to say the local car club have just arrived for their meeting, and are driving around the running route!

I then try to go on stage to tell the commentator just how late we might start and one of the radio promo team tries to stop me getting backstage.

Finally the race starts and I then see a message from head office saying there may be a problem with medals that came direct to site – there might not be enough – and you guessed it we ran out with about 50 participants still on course – who are arguably the ones for whom it was the biggest challenge and have raised the most money.

Then it started raining to pack up. The dream!!


Winner of Challenge #4

Congratulations to June Upton, of the Builders Merchants Federation who won with her favourite memory below – and which leads nicely into our challenge this week on worst event disaster:

The BMF organise annual awards to recognise and reward young people within our industry (building materials).

The event is a black tie dinner with up to 260 guests….

My most memorable moment was 2 years ago – at the end of the Awards, I was called on to stage to be presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of arranging, planning and co-ordinating the whole event (which included a golf tournament and social activities the previous day and full business conference before the Awards ceremony.

I then fell off the stage ! I am sure delegates continue to register for this event just to see if I will fall again !


Your best picture that includes an awards trophy …

Was won by Team Brandfuel – congratulations to them !



Her winning guess came the closest to the true figure of 5,139 attendees to the Conference Awards over the past 9 years.

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