Posted: 17 Dec, 2020
Following a record breaking 2019 in terms of number of events and registrations, 2020 began with a good number of events scheduled and planning under way for both our second regional conference and our showcase annual conference.
January and February were successful ‘normal’ events and then the dreaded Coronavirus made it across to the UK and everything changed. We were very grateful to HSF for agreeing to switch from a physical meeting to our first webinar. Wow what a response! Over 500 registrations, this was really brilliant and quite unexpected. So, our initial concerns were quickly allayed as we realised that this was an amazing way of reaching a far wider audience in an efficient way and we began to plan for further events via this medium. The results have exceeded our most optimistic expectations. The technological challenges have now largely been resolved and audiences have similarly embraced and understood the new etiquette – the number of ‘you are on mute’ requests continue to drop!
As ever we have tried to organise events that provide both up to date insights into developments as well as ‘war stories’ from experts on the front line. If you have missed any of the webinars or would like to catch up, then do visit the TMA UK website: https://tma-uk.org/news; https://tma-uk.org/news/sponsors
We introduced a regular series of articles in the year and hope you have found these worthwhile. Our thanks to Sophia at Kickstart PR who has done a great job in researching and creating the content for us.
We have had an amazing level of support from our sponsors and members, both corporate and individual. We never take it for granted and hope that the quality and quantity of events and the voice this gives us in the wider community really does make it worthwhile for all of us. Thank you!
We had to make the tough decision to cancel both the regional and annual conference, opting instead to continue with a full programme of webinar events. It was obviously a wrench not to be putting on what has become our trademark event; the blend of technical and inspirational has always been our objective and I hope we can return to this in future times.
Despite this we did still hold our NextGen Professional of the Year Award and were delighted to see Emma Gateaud of Freshfields win this accolade, well done!
I step down as UK President at the end of this year, this second year in the role has clearly been very different and not what anyone could ever have imagined. But in true turnaround mode, we adapted quickly and effectively. I have very much enjoyed my time as President and look forward to being able to meet up in person with you all next year. It is obvious that the loss of face-to-face meetings has reduced many of the chance conversations that are so vital in making networking so valuable. But the virtual events have enabled us to keep in touch and importantly enabled us to provide a geographically inclusive product. Our previous efforts to spread the word beyond London have proved less necessary as anyone can join and indeed, we have had many international attendees at some of our events.
However, we will continue to promote the regional aspect of our work and I was delighted to introduce the Scotland Region’s relaunch event earlier this year. NextGen and NOW are also important aspects of ensuring TMA in the UK reaches as far into the turnaround community as we can, and it has been great to see the committees carry on with interesting and innovative events through the year.
I am delighted to be handing over the Presidency to Paul Davies, he takes over at an exciting time as 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of TMA in the UK. As you can appreciate, we were looking to celebrate this in style. For now, our plans are on hold, but we look forward to being able to properly acknowledge this milestone and the work of all the volunteers throughout this time which has led to the strong position we find ourselves in now. I look forward to supporting Paul as he takes over the role.
I would also like to thank the Board for their support over the course of my Presidency. We have a diverse range of experience and backgrounds on the Board which is an important aspect as this enables us to come with fresh ideas to keep it interesting for the membership. I would like to thank the TMA team of Nyree and Kelly. They have done an outstanding job in adapting to the challenges we have faced this year and I am truly grateful for the way they have stepped up to the challenge, it is very much their hard work that underpins the success we have had this year.
Finally, I want to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and here’s to a happy and prosperous new year, preferably tier and mask free!
Peter Stevens - TMA UK President
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