Educational Sessions

M&IT Corporate Challenge 2019 – Educational Sessions

Find out who will be delivering the educational sessions, what topic they will discuss, and some background information on the speaker for the M&IT Corporate Challenge 2019.

Speaker Name: Laura Capell-Abra
Educational Session Topic: Personal development: How to achieve a good work-life balance while being brilliant at your job
Speaker Biography:

Founder of event-industry coaching company, No More Ifs Or Buts and event industry pledge scheme, Stress Matters.  Laura Capell-Abra believes that Success doesn’t have to be Stressful.

Laura is a business and career coach, working with teams from apprentice level up to C-suite.  Helping individuals and teams identify and achieve their goals.  Laura helps her clients prepare for industry talent issues and trends.

Laura previously ran marketing events agency, Sledge Ltd and is well-versed in the pressures senior management teams deal with.  Her work as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and as a trainer on an apprenticeship programme, has also allowed her to develop a good understanding of the lives of juniors entering industry.

Over her career, Laura has won a number of awards for clients, for agencies and has also gained personal recognition in the marketing industry. Being recognised in awards such as the top 35 under 35 list, being voted number 36 in the Event Top 100 and being commissioned to write a For Dummies guide, Laura has the ability to translate complex subjects into accessible and fun content.


Speaker Name: Nick Milne
Educational Session Topic: Procedure, Regulation & Compliance: Contract negotiation and legal recourse – what are your rights when cancellations are necessary?
Speaker Biography:

Nick heads up the domestic services and commercial team at Robinson College, Cambridge. As a fore-runner in the academic conference sector in Cambridge for nearly 40 years, under his direction, Robinson continues to be a trend setter and a leading venue in the academic conference and meetings sector.

With a long career in hotels, his arrival in Cambridge was something of a sea change for Nick. Having previously managed and operated hotels in London and Hereford, for 10 years, he was General Manager of Down Hall Country House Hotel in Essex where the business was predominantly focused on conference and events.  That’s where he developed his passion for the industry and being involved in the continuing development of the commercial conference business at Robinson fits well with his experience.  He revels in the diversity and challenge of operating a commercially focused business, competing in an ever-changing market, alongside the almost surreal world of engaging the student community in the College. He thoroughly enjoys the ever-interesting nature of life at Robinson College and striving with his team to exceed the expectations of all their customers continues to be his driving goal.

Both at Down Hall and now in Cambridge, Nick has been an active proponent of best practice within the event contracting processes of our sector.  As well as ensuring the effective management of his own venues’ operational procedures, he has been a key player in the development and maintenance of the CODE and “model” documentation published by the Meetings Industry Association.  In the mid-1990’s he became MIA Regional Group Chair for the Home Counties, joining the Council of Management in 2005.  As Chair of the Accreditation Working Group, Nick was instrumental in the design of the Accredited in Meetings (AIM) scheme and in 2008 he took the helm as MIA Chair.  He continues on the Council, now as Hon. Secretary, where he holds the Board responsibility for the MIA CODE.  As such, he’s well placed to deliver clarity and rationale in the sometimes murky area of venue contract law and its practical application within the commercial setting of meetings venues.


Speaker Name: James Morgan
Educational Session Topic: Engagement & innovation: How to use/evolving technology and gamification to ensure audience engagement and message retention
Speaker Biography:

James Morgan is a Principal Lecturer in Event Design and Technology at the University of Westminster, London and the Founder of Event Tech Lab, a partnership community for event technology start-ups, developers, event professionals and investors. As a respected speaker, writer and industry commentator, James has judged industry awards internationally and is passionate about educating the event professionals of the future. He takes an avid interest in promoting quality standards, sustainable event management and professionalism in the events industry. He was named as one of Eventbrite’s Top 100 Event Professionals in 2017. He was also voted one of 20 Industry Changemakers by the US publication Meetings Net magazine in 2017. He was awarded International Live Events Associations’ top accolade – the J Robert Graves Pioneer Award – for for his services to the association in 2016.