This year’s annual Ambassador Dinner saw over 120 guests in attendance; comprising 80 Ambassadors and 35 members, as well as team members from Marketing Edinburgh and Surgeons Quarter. Guests were treated to a networking drinks reception, during which they were given access to the College’s surgical museum, followed by a three-course meal with keynote speakers.
Keynote speakers on the night were Stephen Ingledew of FinTech Scotland and Benedict Allen, one of the world’s leading modern-day explorers. Stephen spoke about FinTech Scotland’s role in driving economic growth in the financial services sector through innovation, collaboration and inclusion. Adventurer, Benedict Allen, amused guests with the highs and lows of his most recent adventure; a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea.
Stephen Ingledew, FinTech Scotland
Benedict Allen, Explorer
Here is what some of the guests had to say about the event:
“I was really looking forward to attending the Ambassador Dinner event at Surgeons Quarter and it didn’t disappoint. I have been working with Amanda as I am currently at Bid Stage to attract the European Music Therapy Conference to Edinburgh in 2022. The Dinner was useful to glean new ideas and was a fantastic opportunity to speak with other Ambassadors about their experience of bringing a conference to Edinburgh.”
Giorgos Tsiris, Lecturer in Music Therapy at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh Ambassador)
“This was an excellent, well organised and enjoyable event. Fantastic venue (Surgeon’s Hall), a superb dinner and copious wine. Most useful, however, was the strategic placement and rotation of Marketing Edinburgh personnel. I have personally made very good contacts – some that we are already enlisting for help with our December conference, bringing over 300 geologists to Edinburgh the week before Christmas. Other contacts and tips, I have put aside for our 2020 and 2023 international meetings.”
Dorrik Stow, Professor of Geoscience at Heriot-Watt University (Ambassador)
“We have recently been successful in attracting the 23rd ECOMM (European Conference on Mobility Management) to Edinburgh from 29 – 31 May 2019. Bringing a conference to Edinburgh is an extremely rewarding process and the Dinner provided the opportunity to share my experience of securing a conference with Ambassadors who are at different stages of this process. We have just appointed a PCO and I cannot wait to welcome delegates to Edinburgh next year.”
Lisa Freeman, Strategy and Projects Officer for SEStran (South East Scotland Transport Partnership)
“Convention Edinburgh’s Ambassador Dinner provided a great opportunity to interact with Ambassadors. It is really important for us to build relationships with those who play a key role in attracting conferences so we can discuss future business opportunities. It was a wonderful experience and I am privileged to have been part of such an event.”
Moyna Miller, Events Sales Manager at The Edinburgh Grand (Marketing Edinburgh Member)