Last Friday saw over 100 Auditel Consultants gather at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, for our annual National Conference. The theme for this year’s event was ‘Excellence through Leadership‘ and, as usual, it was a packed day with presentations, workshops and quizes all designed to help consultants with their planning for 2010. Our excellent keynote speech was delivered by John Neal, who entertained and educated delegates in equal measure with a thought-provoking presentation about the characteristics of successful leaders, based on his own detailed conversations with some of the UK’s leading sports and business personalities.
To round off the day, delegates enjoyed a black-tie gala dinner at which we were joined by sponsors from our summer Supplier Exhibition. As well as pre-dinner drinks, an excellent meal and a charity raffle (which raised over £1,000 for the Tearfund organisation) we also presented a number of awards to Affiliates who have made particularly special contributions to the Auditel Network during 2009. These included two ‘Rising Star’ Awards, presented to Ruth Dawe and Laurence Fitch, and Denis Brennan; a ‘Newcomer of the Year Award’, presented to Peter Harrison; the ‘Tim Rix Memorial Award’ presented to Alan Ford; a ‘Special Contribution Award’ presented to our longest-serving Affiliate, David Lowe; the ‘Franchisee of the Year Award’, presented to Peter Lawrence and the ‘Consultants Consultant Award’, presented to Adrian Burton.
Despite being at very different stages in the development of their cost management consultancy practices, all our winners have demonstrated professionalism, energy, enthusiasm, commitment and generosity of time, knowledge and spirit towards their colleagues throughout the year and were popluar choices to receive their well-deserved accolades.
All in all, Conference 2009 was a very successful event, combining business and pleasure for consultants, invited guests and the head office team alike and it provided a fitting grand finale event to our busiest and most successful year yet.