Annual Events at Queen’s Summer Graduation Winter Graduation Remembrance Day 25 Years’ Service Awards New Staff Receptions City and Guilds Awards Queen’s Carol Service Head Teachers’ Dinner Scholarships Reception 3 Roadshows per year Queen’s Open Days
Other Types of Events Official openings Special conferences VIP visits Lectures Dinners
Summer Graduation 12 Ceremonies1,200 guests per ceremony 7 Garden Parties3,000 guests per day 5 Lunches 2 Dinners
Any fool can organise an event? What makes a good event? The key to successful event management is attention to detail
What things do you need to consider when organising an event?
Before organising an event it is important to answer some fundamental questions Why are we having this event? What do we want to achieve? Who is the target audience?
Preparing a Critical Path Set the timetable In an ideal world allow 12 weeks from commencement to completion Allocate tasks to dates Prepare database Review progress on a week by week, then day by day basis
Database Management Plan database carefully Use a dedicated database for every event Data Protection
What will you use your database for? Invitation List RSVP’s Place Cards Table Plans Recording guests’ special needs Briefing Relevant people
Invitations Printed invitations A letter of invitation
Printed Invitations Should carry branding Should be personalised Date, time and place should be clearly indicated Should carry advice on how to reply
Letters of Invitation Should be personalised and carry a signature from the inviting party Should be as concise as possible The time, date and location should be in the opening paragraph Advice on how to reply should be clear and obvious
What is Risk? Any event that impacts on the achievement of your objectives What is Risk Management? Managing threats and opportunities so that you are in a stronger position to deliver your objectives