After a whirlwind week that saw the four-day Global Law Summit bring the likes of Boris Johnson, Ed Miliband, The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General of England & Wales, The Rt. Hon, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court and film-star-cum-Global-Ambassador for War Child UK, Carey Mulligan, through the door for an international legal conference held to mark 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta, we were privileged then to welcome the great and the good from the world of professional and trade associations on Friday 27 March, when the Association Excellence Awards came to life in our newly refurbished Churchill Auditorium.
It was an occasion to celebrate the success of individuals and teams in striving towards excellence in how associations operate and serve their members, organised by the Global Conference Network (GCN).
As the headline sponsor, we were keen to pull out all the stops to serve a winning awards lunch menu in partnership with our talented catering team QEII Taste by Leith’s. Guests tucked into 24-hour smoked shin of Gloucestershire beef and rare grilled flat iron steak, served with carrot fondant, roasted artichoke, scored red onion and cherry tomato. Dessert was an indulgent Single Estate chocolate mogador, a dark chocolate and raspberry cylinder with raspberry cream and a salted caramel macaroon.
Speaking in a video interview before the awards presentation about the importance of these awards for the 300-strong audience, which included 40 C-level association leaders, host the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo said, “As for the people represented here today, it’s just the most extraordinarily eclectic collection and I think people are going to be quite surprised because the range of activities almost defies the imagination.”
GCN awards are highly sought after because of the independent and rigorous judging process by industry practitioners and leaders, which means they showcase the very best, as judged by industry peers.
We were proud to sponsor a selection of the awards categories, including Best Association Conference in London, won by Association for Project Management (APM) for their APM Project Management Conference, Best Advancement of a Cause, won by British Dental Association for DFT, Best Use of Social Media, won by Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) for #MAATchat, and Best Association Awards, won by Chartered Institute of Public Relations for their CIPR Excellence Awards and sponsored by QEII Taste by Leith’s.
“Thank you so much for hosting the inaugural Association Excellence Awards – we were absolutely thrilled with how the awards went. The venue looked stunning and the food was delicious, A/V was spot on and the service in all areas was outstanding. The whole team found working with the QEII Centre an absolute pleasure.” Claire Wormsley, Association Excellence Awards – The Media House, February 2015
“The Global Law Summit was a great success and I am particularly grateful to all the staff at the QEII for their unrelenting assistance in the face of some quite big challenges and for their flexibility in adapting to our needs at short notice. It was not an easy event and it made a huge difference to all of us to have that support. All the staff, across the Centre, were a pleasure to work with – always smiling and helpful. Everything from audio visual to catering to security worked perfectly and the catering was great too! It is the first time I have worked at QEII for some years and I would say it has definitely moved up a league in that time. I would not hesitate to recommend it to any of our clients. Thank you all.”
Judy Lane, Judy Lane Consulting (JLC)