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3rd EU QA Conference Report

The 3rd EU QA Conference took place between 6th to 8th November 2019.  It was the RQA's turn to organise the conference, with GQMA and SOFAQ both taking their turns in 2013 and 2016 respectively.  As such, Barney Horne (GCP Committee) took up the mantle of Conference Programme Committee Chair.  Aided by our colleagues from GQMA and SOFAQ we were delighted to welcome assistance from DARQA and SEGCIB.  Over the months, a programme was formed and proved very successful - nearly 500 delegates paid to attend, with over 30 exhibitors joining us for the two and a half days.

(photography by Josh Dennington (Pictures 1-2 and 5-17), Danielle Andrews (Picture 4) and Carl Lummis-Blaxell (Picture 3))

As acting RQA Chair, Vanessa Grant opened the conference, followed by our keynote speaker, Phil Hammond who was entertaining and informative.  The programme then opened up to networking breaks and various themed streams throughout the next two days.  The networking included two after hours events - a chance for delegates to have a longer period to meet each other and chat to the exhibitors at the Meet the Delegates Drink's Reception as well as the Dinner Dance, which included a 3 couse dinner, band and a very popular selfie mirror!

As is customary, the AGM was held on the Thursday evening, giving all RQA members the opportunity to hear from the board, and voice their opinions.  Details of this year's AGM can be found here (RQA members only).  As part of the AGM, two new RQA Award winners were named.  Congratulations to Barney Horne and Lee Monk for being this year's recipients.

The conference concluded on the Friday morning.  As well as panel discussions, we were treated to a fantastic performance by our friends from JSQA (a snippet of which is below), based around the 6th Global QA Conference which is just around the corner.

We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who assisted in the programme - from arranging speakers to chairing sessions, as well as the speakers who gave up their time to write and present material.  We will be publishing snippets of the conference on RQA TV in the near future - stay tuned.

There was a great response to our call for posters at the conference, and we would like to extend our congratulations to this year's winner:

From a personal point of view, I would like to thank my colleagues in the RQA office for their support and hard work over the past 10 months.  Our journey wasn't smooth but we all pulled together in a way that will serve us well in the future.  I'd also like to thank Tony Ward - I would have been lost without his input and experience.


Carl Lummis-Blaxell

Learning and Development Manager