Over 400 delegates attend IAS Conference 2018 at London's IMAX

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Over 400 delegates including agents, developers, funds and occupiers attended the second IAS Conference held yesterday (5th December 2018) at The IMAX Waterloo. The start of the show packed a punch with a specially commissioned video about the IAS and the industrial sector community. IAS Chairman, Ben Wiley said, “it was important to start the conference on a positive note and what better way than to showcase the IAS with an uplifting, inspirational video shown on the countries largest cinema screen”.  

The fully packed agenda included a roster of high-profile industry and motivational speakers to discuss and examine key factors and implications for the industrial and logistics agency market, future opportunities and challenges.

Speakers included, James Bellini, leading futurologist and author, whose topic was ‘horizon 2025 and beyond - harnessing the fourth industrial revolution’, Karen Smart, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport, who spoke about ‘the Midlands engine’, Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, who presented on ‘the northern powerhouse’, Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, who gave an in depth talk on ‘our uncertain economic future’, and Dr Kevin Fong, who after working for NASA specialised in lessons from the effects of extremes on human physiology. Dr Fong’s motivational presentation was entitled, ‘being under pressure and teamwork in extreme environments’.

Following lunch, Steve Wall, who has thirty years experience in Supply Chain Design and Manufacturing, and Josh Valman, founder and CEO of RPD International, which helps companies quickly develop new products, took to the stage to discuss ‘Supply Chain’.

A panel discussion, mediated by IAS Chairman Ben Wiley, followed with Martin White, Former Global Supply Chain Director for Primark, and Craig Moore, Head of Supply Chain at DP World, joined the stage, to discuss ‘the impact of growth in e-commerce on the UK supply chain and our industry’.

Closing the conference was keynote speaker, the Rt Hon Lord (William) Hague. A political leader for more than 20 years, serving as Leader of the Conservative Party and as Foreign Secretary, Lord Hague gave a superb and engaging talk on Brexit and his thoughts on our political and economical future. 

The day’s programme culminated in a drinks receptions and gala dinner which was held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. Discussions and debates generated by the speakers and their content carried on into the night.

IAS Chairman, Ben Wiley, said: “Yesterdays conference was a huge success and I am delighted to see such support and enthusiasm for the event from our sector.  We’ve already had some really positive feedback from delegates who attended who were not only impressed with the calibre of speakers and topics discussed, but who have also praised the value of the social and networking side of the event, which is so important to our members when it comes to exchanging views and sharing ideas within the industry. Huge thanks of course must go to the kind sponsors for their continued support of the IAS”

The IAS chosen charities, which will benefit from proceeds generated by this year’s conference, fare The Faraway Children’s Charity and The Henry Angle-James Memorial Trust. Each charity will receive a cheque from the IAS in the New Year.

Ben Wiley announced, that after two years of service, he would be handing over the role of IAS Chairman to incumbent Vice Chairman, Peter Freeman.  Peter will take up the Chairmanship from the 1st January 2019 for a period of two years. Ben Wiley also announced that Gordon Reynolds would be taking up the role of Vice Chairman.  

The conference photos can be seen via this link

The dinner photos can be seen via this link