Consultancy specialist group: Activities
It is proposed to develop a programme of regular evening meetings and occasional conferences, which will focus on the following main areas:
- The consultancy process and the development of related skills
- Management issues
- Technology issues
- Ethical, legal and social issues
- Networking and social events
The London event model
The challenge facing all event organisers is to address as many as possible of the objectives of the group through events of high impact and the provision of maximum benefit to a wide audience at the least cost.
A model which was created some years ago and achieved considerable success and which has been further developed at CONSIG is described below.
- Presentations (1-3) given by highly experienced and knowledgeable eminent leaders of their professions.
- Q&A session with the panel of speakers including discussions with contributions from attendees
- Informal discussion and networking over cold buffet and drinks.
Attendees and cost
Those invited (via promotion on websites and newsletters, weekly publications, etc.) include BCS CONSIG members, other interested BCS members, members of other professional institutions, students and staff of academic institutions and any interested member of the public.
There is a small attendance fee to cover the cost of catering only as there is no charge to BCS groups for use of the excellent facilities at Moorgate. This helps to remove some of the risk as there is no fixed overhead.
This obviates the need to estimate the number of attendees well in advance; and the requirement for pre-booking ensures that the catering order can be placed a few days before the event based on the number of firm bookings.
For a trial period during the current financial year, the BCS has kindly funded the CONSIG to put on its events without a charge for refreshments. This trial will allow the SG to determine whether this is an improvement over the SG's normal approach of a small charge for refreshments. The problem with no charge has been forecasting the level of no-shows and avoiding food waste. Attendees are asked to cancel their booking on Eventbrite if they find they cannot attend after having placed a booking.
Benefits to individuals
The benefits of attendance include the opportunity to:
- Meet eminent leaders of their professions and learn from the presentations and discussions
- Share knowledge and experiences
- Network and meet potential collaborators / clients
Benefits to the BCS
These events help to raise the awareness of the BCS among a wide range of academic and professional institutions; and also help (through their presentations and attendance) leaders of authority and eminence in public and private sector organisations to engage more fully with the BCS.