Conference Awards 10th Anniversary Celebrations

As it’s the 10th Anniversary of the Conference Awards we’ll be running a special 10-4-10 competition.

There will be 10 mini-competitions in the run up to the event – with a winner for each event.
The 10 winners will each receive a free VIP ticket to attend the Conference Awards ceremony on 5 July at the Pavilion at the Tower of London.

Every mini-competition will appeal to a different skill-set so no matter your function or background there’ll be one that suits you !

Entry to any of the competitions is free and you can enter as many and for as many times as you like.  Watch this page and our social media channels for details of how to win and, of course, who the lucky winners are …  Good luck !





Sponsored by our favourite recruitment partner – GCN Talent – we are asking for your worst / best interview stories !

Simply share a story with us on social media using #CONFAWARDS10 OR complete this form.

Winners will be announced next week – Good Luck !



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.


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.



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’

Terms and conditions apply – see the full competition rules.

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