Campfire Sessions

Campfire Sessions

Wednesday 18th October


Are you an event freelancer?

Tips and advice on taxation, insurance and winning work

Will include an experienced accountant and insurance professional along with a couple of successful freelancers.

Moderator: Andy Lenthall, General Manager, PSA

Speakers: Phil Ross, Sollertia

                 Murray Torrible, Precision Broking


Activate All Areas

Hear from our panel on the numerous ways that you can generate income by ‘activating’ the key attractions at your events?


Gary Pitt, Alive Activation


Understanding the benefits of the Greener Event Award​

A Greener Festival has assessed over 400 festivals on their environmental management over the past 10 years, and in 2017 launched the Greener Event Award opening the scheme to the broader Events Industry. In this session, you will learn about their work and how to get involved, and gain insight in to the latest challenges and actions following this summer’s assessments of 37 events across 12 countries.


Iren De Pasquale, A Greener Festival 


How to successfully geo-clone your event:

As more and more event organisers take successful events and repeat them in different parts of the UK and around the world, our panel will give you some handy tips for getting it right.


Goc O’Callaghan, ArcTanGent

Lisa Ward, Revival Productions Ltd 

Andy Cotton, TAO Productions 



EHA presents: SafeHire - Raising the standards in the Event Hire Industry


Graham Arundell, HAE EHA ​​

Phil Edwards - Ev-ent Hire

Chives Ferrance - Power & Pyro

Michelle Goodley - Rosetone Furniture

Kelly Wilkes - Marlow Marquees

Graham Norton - Meridian Marquees

Felicity Gains - Blue Sky Events


EHA presents: V-Hire - The Immersive Future of Events Training


Alastair Callum, V-Hire

Chris Youles, V-Hire


EHA presents: Is the Events Industry Ready for General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)?


Philip Allot, Allot & Associates 

Thursday 19th October


Innovation – what really counts

So, we can now project holograms onto the stage, remotely enjoy festivals via VR goggles and create impressive aerial crowd shots using drones. Does it really make a difference, though? Do all of these gimmicks make for a better experience at the event? Or should event technology not rather focus on improving the experience of the main event itself? We are making the case that technology should work in the background to enhance an event rather than take center stage itself.


Katie McPhee, Head of Marketing for Music, Arts & Entertainment, Eventbrite



Entry level training programme dedicated to the Temporary Structure market.

Untrained staff is a thing of the past…

MUTA will be launching the UK’s first online health and safety training course for the temporary structure industry at this year’s Showman's Show. StructureSafe Online is an interactive and informative course developed by industry experts covering key health and safety topics that your site staff need to know.

Whilst Andrew will be explaining the benefits of StructureSafe Online, he will also be highlighting the potential consequences of having untrained staff.


Andrew Chalk, Operations Manager, MUTA


An Event Surgery with James Heappey MP

As the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for events James is the perfect person to raise any legislative questions or concerns that you might have.


James Heappey MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for events


Alistair Turner, Eight PR


N.B. Sessions may be subject to change