Amy Bell, Networking Officer, gives us an insight into the demands of Event Coordinator
Tell us about your roles and responsibilities?
My role includes helping arrange events and communicating with the CQI and others to ensure events are successful and go as planned. This might sound easy, but there’s a lot to get organised from selecting relevant topics, key speakers and suitable venues through to pricing and value. It’s a real challenge!
What made you choose your role?
I chose to apply for the events role because while working for the NGN previously; the events were the aspect that I enjoyed the most. It is interesting talking to different people and meeting like-minded Quality professionals.
Give an example of a typical day, who do you interact with?
On a typical day I interact with many different people such as other NGN members, the CQI and anyone else involved in the events for example venue managers.
What are your current projects?
I am currently focused on the 2016 CQI Conference which is taking place 13th April at Kings Fund in London. As well as securing a place for the NGN to speak at a breakout session “The Quality Professionals of the Future”, I have also arrange a “Meet and Greet” at the Cock Tavern (W1W 8QE) post-conference from 5.15pm. This gives delegates the conference the opportunity to directly engage with us. We are also looking at developing a ‘Young Quality Professional of the Year’ event, which is very exciting!
What challenges are in your roles?
The main challenge for me is time management. I have a very busy day job and it is often difficult to find the time to work on things for the CQI. I sit on three different committees too, so often find I am stretched to support everything.
Tell us about a success you've had in your role to date?
A success in my role to date was World Quality Day 2015 as we managed to arrange some activities at short notice in my organisation. I feel very positive about the NGN being a success at the up and coming 2016 CQI Conference.
Tell us what you want to get out of your role both professionally and personally?
Professionally my main objective is to learn more from other Quality professionals and develop my knowledge and skills but personally, I am interested in meeting other people who are passionate about Quality!
What would let you know that you have been successful in your role?
I would feel I was successful in my role if we held regular events with lots of attendees. Persuading people that coming to an NGN event would be fun and worthwhile can be difficult but I think it’s important there is a social aspect to being a member.