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Diversity and Inclusivity in the Audio Visual industry – what we can do to create change now

Thursday 7 March 2019  16:00 – 20:30,  1 Wimpole Street, London. W1G 0AE

This is the inaugural UK AVIXA Diversity Council event.

The event will explore and celebrate the positive benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace along with practical suggestions for increasing diversity and inclusion in the AV industry.

Attendees will be drawn from across the AV industry spectrum from end users, Tech managers, manufacturers, distributors, integrators, consultants and technicians. 


16:00 Exhibition of sponsors products/services with a focus on inclusion.

16:30 Registration – Tea/Coffee networking

17:20 Chairperson:  Mike Blackman, Managing Director at Integrated Systems Events,

17:20 Introduction to AVIXA and why diversity and inclusion is so important to the AV trade association – Amanda Eberle-Boyer, AVIXA Member Relations Director

17:25 Introduction by Kevin McLoughlin, AV manager, Royal Society of Medicine, AVIXA Diversity Council and Director at AV User Group

17:30 Keynote 1:  Disability and Inclusion – Simon MInty – Sminty Ltd –
Strategies and innovations that improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of disabled staff and deliver better services to disabled customers.

17:50 Assistive listening and inclusivity- 17% of the UK population are hard of hearing, Sennheiser will explore the latest in assistive listening technology including demonstrating ‘Mobile Connect’, a multi-channel venue audio system streamed over Wifi.

18:05 Keynote 2: Diversity – Charlotte Sweeney OBE, Charlotte Sweeney Associates Ltd

18:30 Role models and mentoring – Sadie Groom, Women in AV & Bubble Agency

18:40 Where is the next generation of AV professionals coming from? – Jack Laidlaw, BSc Audiovisual Technology Programme Leader, Middlesbrough College.

18:50 Panel discussion: What action can we take now to make a change in the AV industry? Charlotte Sweeney and Simon Minty will be joined by AV industry representatives for Q & A and discussion, including Maddie Vining, Senior AV Technician, Royal Society of Medicine, Martha Zantides, Project Manager, Twisted Pair, Iffat Chaudhry, Bid Manager CDEC and Rachel Hunt, Marketing Director, Unicol.

19:25 – closing comments

19:30 Networking drinks, canapes, exhibition and entertainment.

The exhibition will include technology, equipment and furniture designed for accessibility and inclusion.

21:00 Close of event

Thanks to all our supporting sponsors: