The five-day PLASA Online event begins on Monday, as the association gets ready to host a working-week-long programme of online keynotes, product presentations, and education sessions for companies and freelancers who work across the events and entertainment technology industry.
PLASA has released more information about the agenda for the week. Economist Roger Martin-Fagg will outline pathways and predictions on the UK’s economic recovery; HR expert Nicky Gleadow will provide advice on employment, support schemes and redundancies; and award-winning speaker Marcus Child will give practical tips to inspire better leadership and company culture.
There will also be a discussion panel featuring industry and trade bodies who will explore ways of preparing for Brexit. PLASA’s MD Peter Heath will be joined by Naomi Pohl of Musicians’ Union, Lisa Ryan of EFM Global Logistics, and Peter Bishop of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Another panel discussing event production in the Covid era will be hosted by safety practitioner and production manager Tom Goode, who will be joined by Karl Raw, health and safety inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); Dominique Perrissin-Fabert, health and safety manager for the Royal Opera House; and Ben Stephen, head of operations and production for the Albany.
Mental health is also on the agenda, with PLASA’s Peter Heath hosting a session with Eric Mtungwazi from Music Support and Pat O’Toole, an experienced coach, trainer and consultant, to share ways of managing mental health and wellbeing.
Other confirmed speakers include James Gordon, Group CEO, DiGiCo; James Simpson, lighting visualiser, Copper Candle; and Nicky Greet, PLASA’s director of membership, skills and technical.