Society Street

12 June 2019

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and refreshments

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome and Context Setting

9:05 AM - 10:30 AM

Session 1: Changing People

Chair: Tracy Gardner, Consultant, Renew Consultants


Changing People Keynote - challenges and opportunities for societies
Caroline Nugent
, HR Director, Financial Ombudsman Service 

Changing People Challenges - speed case studies  
  • Society CEOs: critical skills
    Sally Hardy, Chief Executive, Regional Studies Association
  • Trustees and Governance
    Katy Amberley, Chief Executive, British Society for Haematology
  • Recruiting and retaining staff
    Peter Reeve, Head of HR, Motor Neurone Disease Association
Table-top workshops  
  • Facilitator-led table discussions using case studies of challenges faced by societies
  • Sharing insights from each table

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 2: Tomorrow's Members

Chair: Mona HidayetExecutive Director, Clients & Products, Advantage CS
  • What do younger members want from their society?
    Dr Jo Wixon, Associate Director, Strategic Insights, Wiley

  • Live coaching and Q&A: preparing your society for a radical demographic shift in membership
    Led by Helena Wilkinson, Head of Charities and Partner, Price Bailey, with Claire Angus, Director of Membership Services, The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, and Nicky de Beer, Directory of Operations & Deputy CEO, British Society for Rheumatology
  • Discussion 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Session 3: Keeping Meetings Key

Chair: Katy Amberley, Chief Executive, British Society for Haematology


How to manage your society events and make your meetings stand out from the rest
Emma Duffy
Conference & Programmes Manager, The Royal College of Radiologists
Jonathan Wood, Head of Society Programmes, British Ecological Society 



1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lunch, exhibition, networking and conversation tables

2:00 PM - 3:10 PM

Session 4: Practical Future-Proofing

Chair: Simon Inger, Consultant, Renew Consultants   Chair: Dr Jo Wixon, Associate Director, Strategic Insights, Wiley
TRACK 1: Technology: what's coming?  Presentation TRACK 2: The Future of Publishing Presentation
  • Building communities with an online forum
    Charles Thiede
    , CEO, Zapnito
  • Subscriptions and OA landscape review
    Sam Burrell, Consultant, Renew
  • A Commercial Publisher’s view of Plan S
    Neil Appleton, Senior Vice President
    of Business Development, Elsevier
  • Blockchain
    Ian Mulvany, Head of
    Transformation, Product Innovation, SAGE Publishing
  • A Society Publisher’s view of Plan S  
    Stuart Taylor, Publishing Director, Royal Society
  • An HSS Society's view of Plan S 
    Catherine Souch, Head of Research and Higher Education, Royal Geographical Society
Technology Discussion   Publishing Discussion  

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Refreshments, exhibition and networking

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 5: Compete, Collaborate, or Merge? Societies in a Global Context

Panel discussion: Compete, collaborate or merge?

Chair: Sam Burrell, Consultant, Renew Consultants

  • 'Compete', 'Collaborate' and 'Merge' case studies
    Simon Inger, Consultant, Renew Consultants
    Sandy Mather, Chief Executive Officer, Intensive Care Society
  • The Legal View
    Tom Murdoch, Partner, Charity & Social Enterprise Team, Stone King
  • Discussion
Floor Debate: This house believes we should seek to merge

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Drinks Reception