The BDMA would like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of our members, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and delegates who made the BDMA 2022 Conference the biggest and most successful so far. The event brought together an eclectic mix of over 30 exhibitors, 20 speakers, and 250 delegates and showcased industry-leading speakers, masterclasses, and the most up-to date equipment available currently to the damage management industry. The masterclasses demonstrated practices that provide the foundations for our sector. We hope that all who attended had a great experience and were able to have a long overdue catch–up with industry colleagues.
The theme of Conference, ‘The Roadmap to Sustainable Resilience’ remains highly topical – both in terms of geographical climate change but also in relation to personal mental health resilience. Our headline speaker, Simon Reeve, excellently covered both aspects in his informative, interesting, and motivational opening keynote speech. If we needed any reminder, the recent unprecedented weather events serve to highlight the dangers faced and the need for the human race to take action now!
Nominated Charity – Beat
The BDMA are delighted to announce that the total sum raised for our 2022 Conference nominated charity Beat was £3000!
We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has donated towards this worthy cause.
As a BDMA Executive member and volunteer, James Parsons asked if we could support the charity Beat as our nominated charity for the BDMA Conference 2022. Eating disorders are, sadly, very much on the increase with young people. The NHS reports a significant increase since the COVID-19 pandemic started. There are often insufficient resources to help those in need, and charities like Beat play a massive role in supporting young people. Beat are available at the end of the phone all hours of the day and offer support to people of all ages and their families.
James would like to thank all BDMA members and friends for their support with this charity.
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For a full list of the winners and highly commended entries in each category, please click here.
Two Honorary Fellowships were presented at the BDMA Conference Awards dinner.
The first Honorary Fellowship is to Simon Ford in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the organisation. The award was first announced in February and formally presented at conference. Simon joined the association in 2002 and had been a member of the BDMA board since 2015. He was elected as Chair in 2016, serving in that position until November 2020. The award is in recognition of Simon’s work guiding the BDMA through several key strategic developments. This includes the revamp of the rules and membership criteria and the successful launch of online learning and remote examinations
The second Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Dr Greg French. Greg is one of the founding fathers of the BDMA having been involved from its inception in 1999. Greg has served in a number of important roles in the BDMA including as a Director, a former Chairman and Executive Board member. Most recently, Greg has headed up the Commercial Technician constituency, having designed the new BDMA Commercial Technician Accreditation.
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