12th April 2019 – 0930 to 1635 – Liverpool LJMU John Lennon Building L3 5RD

To enable the Institute of Event Management [IEM] to be open for membership and function as a professional body it is essential to establish the parameters for a qualification framework to inform the membership levels and enable accreditation and validation processes.

Membership of a professional body is for individuals seeking to gain recognition for their knowledge, skills and experience. The IEM will follow the standard practices of professional bodies, in particular the CIPD [Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development] and APM [Chartered Association for Project Management].

The IEM will provide professional recognition to enhance status with colleagues and employers alike, publicly demonstrating commitment to professionalism and continued professional development. Membership levels will include Apprentice/Student, Affiliate, Associate [AIEM] Full Member [MIEM] and Fellow [FIEM]. In addition it will provide a resource for those who have to organise events for a wide variety of reasons.

This Workshop will bring together Practitioners and Academics who are keen to support the development of the Institute of Event Management. It is hoped to have representation from all parts of the sector as set out in the Matrix [available to download at www.iem.institute]

The IEM Board is pleased to have the support of the Dean of LJMU Liverpool Business School who has offered to host this workshop in the perfect setting of the John Lennon Building which houses the School of Art and Design.

The workshop programme sets out the actions required to enable the IEM Board to move forward and open for membership. This requires agreement on the following:

  1. the existing Standards are ‘fit for purpose’
  2. the Event Sector Matrix is fully representative
  3. the accreditation process
  4. membership levels and fees
  5. appointment of specialist sector leaders
  6. action plan and timetable

To aid preparation for the Workshop, documents for all the above action items will be available to download at www.iem.institute


  • 09:30h Arrival and Refreshments
  • 10:00h Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:15h Institute of Event Management
    Visioning and Overview of Work to date
    Susan Spibey FRSA, IEM Executive Board Chair
    Business Visits and Events Partnership Update
    Dr Caroline Jackson, BVEP Vice Chair
    UK Events Industry Board – Talent Task Force Report
    Sarah Wright, Task Force Chair
    Chair & Director Employer Engagement, Events Management Apprenticeship Programme Board
  • 10:45h 1st Workshop Session – in groups
    Appoint Facilitator and Reporter
    Consider CIPD Professional framework model for development of the Institute of Event Management [20 minutes]
    Review current functional map for event management standards and ‘fit for purpose’ [40 minutes]
    Review Event Sector Matrix and its use to inform professional recognition structure [30 minutes]
  • 12:15h Report back and open discussion
  • 12:45h Lunch and networking time
  • 14:00h Scene setting for afternoon session
    2nd Workshop Session – in groups
    Appoint Facilitator and Reporter
  • 14:15h Plan process for qualification framework development considering responses from 1st Workshop Session
    • Define sub-sectors – specialist knowledge using CIPD document [30 minutes]
    • Agree structure – using updated Event Sector Matrix as an aid [30 minutes]
    • Agree Accreditation process – prepared by Dr Tim Brown
    [30 minutes]
  • 16:00h Report back and open discussion session to agree next steps and plan timetable
  • 16:45h Wrap up and close
  • 17:00h Reception

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