Our return to face to face conferences took place last week at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton. After months of planning, the RQA team beat the train strike and the M25 to converge on Brighton to set up in time to welcome over 400 attendees. We started the programme on Tuesday evening with an event at the Brighton i360 where over 175 people took advantage of our offer to take a pre-conference flight - the wind and rain meant that the view was slightly obscured, but it was a great way for old friends to re:unite.
After a brief session on EFT by our wellness providers, the conference started in earnest with a fantastic video welcoming delegates to Brighton - this was filmed by our own Katy and Josh (included below, but without the pumping music soundtrack for copyright reasons!!)
Following a keynote discussion featuring Fabrizio Manigilo (from our Platinum Sponsors - Sparta Systems, a Honeywell Company), the conference broke into various sessions, and included the chance for networking at lunch - the topical tables (where delegates could just sit and talk with others about a topic) were a great success. The day ended with a networking reception in our Sponsors Area. Day 2 started with some Yoga, continued with our four different types of session before finishing with our Re:Union Ball which was held at The Grand. The venue was fantastic and after a longer than anticpated wait, the band had the dance floor dancing until midnight and the sight of delegates leaving the venue with neon signs will stay with me for a long time!! We were also so glad to see so many of our Honarary Members and Fellows join us on the night.
Friday is always a slower day, but the final session with Stephen Vinter (MHRA) was very well attended with over 30 minutes of Q&A given at the end of the presentation. Tim Stiles (RQA Chair) then closed the session by thanking the Board, Programme Committee, Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors, Committees and RQA Office for their effort, and announcing that next year's event will be held in Belfast between the 1st and 3rd November.