We’re excited to introduce a new series called In the Hotseat, where we speak to our team and ask their perspectives on the conference and events industry and their place in it.
First up we have our Conference and Events coordinator Corin Nanton, who has been part of the MEETinLEEDS team for five years.
Firstly, what excites you about the future of the events industry?
The future of the events industry has recently been subject to a lot of debate and discussion. I’m excited to see the return of in-person events when safe, and the continuation of Leeds as a world class venue for academic conferences.
I’m also excited to see developments in event technology, specifically around virtual and online events. While these events offer something different to in-person attendance, the savings in travel, costs and time and the sustainable benefits they bring cannot be ignored. We’ve also seen a dramatic increase in attendance numbers for some events, either due to them being available on-demand or due to financial savings. It excites me that people who may not have otherwise had the chance to attend events are now more able to take part.
Which do you think are the most important skills for the future of the events industry?
I think we’ll see a continuation in the demand for existing skills in the event industry; primarily project management, organisation and communication. These are also likely to be augmented with IT skills and understanding.
Which skills have you gained in the last year that you think will help you moving forward in events?
I have certainly improved my web design and online event management and production skills having organised several large online academic conferences in the last year!
I have also improved my communication skills, especially when explaining pieces of software of new users.
What would be your dream event to work on?
As a Tottenham Hotspur fan I would be delighted to organise the victory parade when they win the league!