Discussing Lessons Learnt from COP26 with Stadium Management

Our Business Development Director, Eamon Kerrigan, discussed the challenges and lessons learnt from the G7 and COP26 with Stadium Management's Neil Huddart.

EPS Fireside Chat
Eamon hosted a "fireside chat" at the Event Production Show in March.

The 2022 Event Production Show (EPS) was important for the events industry for a few more reasons than usual this year. Not only was it the first major international event that would bring the events community together on a large scale, but it also gave us an opportunity to speak directly with people from the industry via our representation with Major Events International (MEI).

On the second morning of EPS, I had the opportunity to host a “fireside chat” session with our partner and industry colleague Neil Huddart from Stadium Management. The session was part of a stream of content provided by MEI and its members.

Transport & Logistics Challenges

During our session, we explored how we worked with Stadium Management on some of the UK’s biggest and most important events over the last 12 months. Stadium Management used the Iventis collaborative planning and mapping platform to help plan key transport and logistics elements of these events. These included the G7 summit, one of the first major international events after the COVID lockdowns and organised in just 6 months, as well as the more recent COP26. The decisions made at these events have the potential to shape the future of our planet.

Neil commented that, due to the time pressures and many stakeholders involved, planning such a complex event in the time available would have been almost impossible without the help of a collaborative planning platform like Iventis.

The events both had extremely complicated requirements for transport, such as traffic management to provide safe, efficient and secure travel for delegates, as well as mass transportation for supporting agencies. The G7 Summit took place in Cornwall, a picturesque location but not one which lends itself to the demands of a major international event. Neil commented that, due to the time pressures and many stakeholders involved, planning such a complex event in the time available would have been almost impossible without the help of a collaborative planning platform like Iventis.

Carbis Bay Cornwall
The G7 took place in Carbis Bay, Cornwall which presented major logistical challenges.

While COP26 took place in an established city, the high profile nature of the event and high number of delegates presented different challenges. The inclement Scottish weather didn’t help matters.

Multi-Agency Briefings at No.10

One highlight of the session was how we learnt that the Iventis platform was on screen at 10 Downing Street for COP26 multi-agency briefings. These briefings were attended by 120 of the key personnel from the UK Government's internal and external agencies such as the armed services, police, etc. Many of our partners use our platform to share plans with their clients and stakeholders, but it's fantastic to hear that our platform was central to key government briefings

Neil talked about how our platform is the backbone and engine room for the mapping and planning elements of their client offering.

“Having the ability to share and collaborate data which would usually be held in spreadsheets, presentations, emails and documents saves time and money with Iventis, in our opinion, being the best and only solution that allows a birds-eye view of everything”

Neil Huddart from Stadium management Limited.

EPS with Stadium Management
Neil explained how Stadium Management used Iventis to support their planning.

Event Management Innovations

During the session, and testament to the great work and innovative solutions Stadium management is bringing to major events, Neil commented on how large scale events can be a catalyst for future technologies. A great example of this is how the team managed and produced the world's largest mobile (EV) electric vehicle site at COP26. This used electric vehicles supplied by Jaguar Land Rover to transport arguably the most important and high-level set of delegates on the planet. Given the nature of the event, utilising and promoting EV use was an important consideration.

Reflecting on the event, it was great to be part of the session with Neil, see our friends and colleagues from MEI and chat with clients old and new about future plans!

You can read more about our work with COP26 here.

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