HBA Annual Conference – Windsor

It was a weekend of work, networking and fun as the National Hospital Radio Conference and Hospital Radio Awards took place in Windsor on the weekend of the 23rd March 2018.

These events are always great to attend, and this year was no different. For me, it started with a trip to see behind the scenes at Sky Central, the home of Sky News here in the UK. We were treated to a tour of the newsroom, Sky News Radio’s booth and even popped into their secondary gallery to see what’s on all of those screens. Oh, we even paid a visit to see the Sky News Glass Box, where we saw two presenters hosting the news and the floor manager behind their large screen, he gave us a wave, we waved back!

Other trips included a trip to Hospital Radio Frimley Park, Radio Hillingdon and Hospital Radio Reading, which were well attended too.

Mark Goodier provided the Friday Night entertainment, with an insightful talk about his career and health. An inspiration to us all. It was a packed out room and he was very engaging, a great way to end what was already a jam packed Friday.

Throughout the weekend I was updating the Hospital Broadcasting Association’s social media channels with the help of my colleague, whilst catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Those guys from CHBN in Cornwall are a right laugh, I know where I’ll be going on holiday later this year!

The weekend was full of really useful seminars with speakers including Ricky Durkin and Andy Carter. Lots of useful information about presentation, law as well as advice about running charities, including forthcoming GDPR regulations. The trade show was full of freebies and it was great to talk to exhibitors and learn about their equipment – I did forget to pick up my free notepad from the DevaWeb stand though, whoops!

Awards night – we sit down to a lovely three course gala dinner. I’m probably the only person who can get away with having a laptop at the dinner table, given the fact as soon as the awards started at 21:15, I live tweeted the event via the HBA’s Twitter account. That too, for me, is quite exciting. During the ceremony, we had thousands of RT’s, Likes and Replies, and these continue to come in, even today!

The next stage for me in a work sense is to analyse the marketing and PR we achieved surrounding the Conference and awards, this is no mean feat, given we started promoting the pre-booking, location and dates around September 2017!

To all those who won or were nominated at the National Hospital Radio Awards, CONGRATULATIONS! And thanks to everyone I met for making it such a memorable weekend.

As I write this, I can feel my eyes starting to close, which can only mean one thing, it’s time to sleep! You can find more photos and oddities from the weekend over on my Twitter (There’s even a Twitter moment!), whilst I’ve saved some of my InstaStory in the “Highlights” section of my Instagram.

Follow The Hospital Broadcasting Association on Twitter and Facebook for even more photos!

See you for the Conference in 2019, wherever that may be…!

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