Annual Conference is the highlight of our year and after two years online, it returned as a face to face event from 29 to 31 January 2023 in Birmingham, at the Hilton Metropole Hotel.
It’s now all over, seeming to have passed by all too quickly. Hopefully, all of you who attended will have reaped the benefit of the expert advice you will have received via the excellent workshops and plenary sessions and your confidence boosted enough to overcome the challenges and obstacles new legislation has placed in your path, not to mention the added bonus of networking with colleagues around the country.
We thank all the exhibitors who, despite the shortened period of Conference, took the time and trouble to show members their products and how they might assist in their work.
Relevant information and photos from the event will continue to be posted here as it has been over the last two or three days. The next issue of Arena will contain more information and reports.
To enable you to get to each section of the page quickly, you can use the links below; otherwise, scroll down at your leisure!
Conference programme – Keynote speech – Annual General Meeting – Front Line Stories (photo) – Electoral Reform and Modernisation in Scotland and Wales (photo) – Polling Places and Polling District reviews – Saying goodbye to Sue Bedford – Examination successes (photo) – AEA Annual Awards – Slide Presentations – Miscellaneous photos
|Here is our Chief Executive, Peter Stanyon, with Lee Rowley MP who was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 7 September 2022 and who delivered the Keynote Speech on Monday afternoon.|
Left to right: Laura Lock, Deputy Chief Executive; Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive; Frances Cleland, Chair; Alex Mammous, Immediate Past Chair; Neil Middlehurst, Deputy Chair; Gina Armstrong, Executive Director (Resources)
Chair: Frances Cleland, Speakers:Mike Liddiard, Sarah Ling and Sandra Matthews
Chair: Peter Stanyon, Speakers: Iain Hockenhull, Mike Kay, James Newman
Chair: Peter Stanyon; Speakers: Rob Curtis (London Borough of Tower Hamlets), Matt Pitcher (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council) (shown speaking here)
Examination successes – A brilliant group of 55 AEA Certificate and 10 AEA Diploma candidates were here in Birmingham to celebrate their achievements
Presentation of the AEA Annual Awards – see details of the recipients
“Stories from the front line” (Northern Ireland) Speaker: Sarah Ling
“It Shouldn’t Happen To An Electoral Administrator” Speaker: Sandra Matthews
“It could happen to you” Speaker: Mike Liddiard
UK Parliamentary Election – Cross-boundary considerations Speakers: James Pack, Lindsay Tomlinson
Council Constitutions – why do they matter? Speaker: Matt Box
Scottish Government Speakers: Iain Hockenhull, James Newman, Mike Kay
Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places – what, who, why, when Speakers: Rob Curtis, Matt Pitcher
Running Unscheduled UKPGE Speakers: Gina Jones, Sarah Ling
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Pictures at an Exhibition
Not to be confused with Mussorgsky’s suite of piano pieces or Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s 1972 album! Just a lot of delegates mingling in the exhibition hall on Sunday evening. See anyone you know?
Taking a Stand (aka the Suppliers)
Workshops and trainers