We’re halfway through the year, and what a whirlwind six months it’s been for us! We’ve been firing on all cylinders, organising a remarkable 25 conferences for healthcare professionals nationwide. We’ve welcomed several new clients and expanded our team with three fantastic new hires.

But it’s not all been hard work – we’ve found time to give back as well, fundraising for the brilliant causes of Red Nose Day and Wear a Hat Day. With the year now at its midpoint, we’re feeling energised, inspired, and ready to take on the second half with the same enthusiasm and creativity that’s defined our journey so far.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate our milestones and look ahead to the future with optimism and determination.

January – A Stellar Start with BCIS ACI

The British Cardiovascular Intervention Society’s Advanced Cardiovascular Intervention (ACI) kicked off the year by bringing together healthcare professionals from across the globe. Working with the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) is always a challenge we relish – we aim to continually raise the bar for each event, and ACI was no exception. We achieved record-breaking attendance, educating over 1,500 professionals, with more than 1,000 attending in person. ACI was broadcast to over 50 countries online, supported by 37 sponsors, and featured a faculty of 137.

BCIS ACI
Live case at BCIS ACI

 

February – Breaking Ground with BHRS

We partnered with the British Heart Rhythm Society to successfully launch its Scientific Sessions in Manchester from Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 February. The event included additional training days such as the Arrhythmia Nurses Day and Hands-on Simulator Training Day both on Monday 26 February, as well as an EP Traces Day on Thursday 29 February, which all received excellent feedback from attendees who appreciated the organised structure and relevant content.

Feedback from delegates included:

  • “Excellent organisation”
  • “It was good for all to split it into a device-focused day and EP-focused day”
  • “Connecting with people and learning new concepts”
  • “Content was all relevant”
John Paisey introducing the inaugural Scientific Sessions
John Paisey introducing the inaugural Scientific Sessions

 

March – Making a Difference Beyond Conferences

March was a month of fundraising for Comic Relief and Brain Tumour Research. On Red Nose Day, Friday 15 March, we did something funny for money by dressing up in red and the team didn’t disappoint turning up in pyjamas, as a chilli pepper and Mario!

Doing something funny for money
The Millbrook team doing something funny for money

 

On Thursday 28 March, we sported our favourite hats and donated to Brain Tumour Research for Wear a Hat Day. Wear a Hat Day is Brain Tumour Research’s annual event raising money to bring hope to brain tumour patients and their families.

Wear a Hat Day
Wear A Hat Day

 

In addition to fundraising activities, some of the team headed down to Newport, Wales, for the SCTS Annual Meeting which attracted over 1,100 delegates. A new client for us, we were brought in to assist the SCTS with attendee registration through the creation of a fully branded website, abstract management, and the creation of a multi-track programme and app. We were also pleased to provide support on the day with badge kiosks and directing delegates.

When asked to provide feedback on the registration process, delegates said:

  • “I thought it was very well run. The QR code scanning and machine printing of our delegate name tags greatly fastened and simplified what is usually a slow, disorganised process.”
  • “Very easy to register and I was able to register for another day as well.”
  • “Registration was completed very quickly”
The Millbrook team at the SCTS Annual Meeting
The Millbrook team at the SCTS Annual Meeting

 

April – Nationwide Conferences and Farewell to a Team Member

The team travelled across the nation this month, hosting one online meeting and four in-person meetings in Cardiff, Derby, Oxford and London. Oxford Live, held on Monday 8 – Tuesday 9 April at St Anne’s College, marked its 20th anniversary and bid farewell to Matt Daly as he embarked on new ventures. Following Oxford Live, we organised an evening symposium for the Barts Interventional Group, a BCIS education forum on Bifurcation PCI and Coronary Complications During PCI: A Case-based Learning Opportunity.

Oxford Live
Oxford Live

May – Growing the Team and Enhancing Skills

In May, we welcomed three new team members: Maisie Splevings, Sophie Broomfield and Natalie Cornwell-Stevens. Their fresh energy and perspectives are already making an impact.

New Starters
From L to R: Maisie Splevings, Sophie Broomfield and Natalie Cornwell-Stevens

 

During Star Wars month, Dominic Legate and Lizzie Head were invited to the Vascular Perspectives’ Impactful Presentations and Impactful Speaking Courses in Birmingham. The Impactful Presentations Course had been carefully designed for healthcare professionals but consisted of invaluable information for people giving presentations in any industry. It focused on moving away from ‘Death by PowerPoint’ by making presentations more succinct whilst delivering the intended message in an engaging way.

Vascular Perspectives
Vascular Perspectives Impactful Presentations

 

Our Managing Director, Fiona McDonald was invited to give a short presentation at the 20th-anniversary meeting of Chronic Total Occlusions: An Introduction to CTO PCI where she reflected on its legacy, which involved the late Professor Tony Gershlick.

Fiona McDonald
Fiona McDonald at the lectern

 

June – Conference Marathon and Learning Opportunities

June was packed with back-to-back conferences, starting with the BHRS EP Traces Day and culminating with the London Arrhythmia Summit. Over five days, we organised five conferences, welcomed 305 delegates and 54 faculty speakers, heard 68 talks and covered 1,884 miles.

Additionally, Tilly, Sarah, Natalie and Sophie represented us at The Meetings Show in ExCeL London from Wednesday 19 – Thursday 20 June, participating in presentations on marketing trends and AI and networking opportunities.

Natalie and Sophie at The Meetings Show
Natalie and Sophie at The Meetings Show

 

Thank you for being part of our journey. Here’s to more milestones, learning and incredible experiences together!

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Millbrook Medical Conferences is delighted to welcome three new team members and announce internal promotions for hard-working staff.

Promotions

In May 2024, Shalome Quailey was promoted from Assistant Conference Organiser to Conference Organiser. Since joining in April 2023, Shalome has provided support and managed many meetings from start to finish successfully, including Yorkshire Cardiac Rhythm Management, Newcastle TAVI, Return of the Scaffold – Is Bioabsorbable Back? and more.

Shalome is currently working on a mix of meetings in interventional cardiology and adult congenital heart disease and echocardiography, including TransPennine PCI, Bifurcation Left Main Therapy, Bristol ACHD Echo and the BCIS Coronary Intervention Trainees Course.

Shalome Quailey
Shalome Quailey

 

New Recruits

Millbrook welcomed three new team members in May 2024, who have already hit the ground running! Maisie Splevings has joined the team as an Administration Assistant, bringing over a decade of experience in administration and customer service. Maisie works incredibly hard behind the scenes, supporting each professional conference organiser with general administrative duties. Her tasks include accepting and processing delegate registrations, creating feedback surveys, issuing certificates of attendance, adding on-demand content to the Millbrook Hub and ensuring all delegates receive the necessary information to attend Millbrook’s meetings.

Maisie
Maisie Splevings

 

Sophie Broomfield was the second of three to join the Millbrook team. Sophie was brought in as an Executive Conference Manager, taking on several of Millbrook’s in-person, hybrid and online meetings. Fresh from studying Events Management at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Sophie landed an internship at The Little Nell in Colorado, then moved on to work as an events manager at Winstanley House, C&W Chamber of Commerce and Coventry University. Sophie is currently organising Practical IVUS and OCT, the Lower Limb Endovascular Symposium and Leeds Calcium, bringing energy, enthusiasm and fun to everything she does. When Sophie isn’t managing conferences, she enjoys cycling, playing golf and netball and visiting her family in Wales!

Sophie Broomfield

 

Millbrook’s most recent recruit, Natalie Cornwell-Stevens, has joined the team as an Executive Conference Manager. With over 10 years of experience organising impactful and important pharmaceutical and medical meetings and mingling with celebrities at prestigious award ceremonies and conferences, you know you’re in safe hands with Natalie! She spent five years in Spain before going onto study Events Management at the University of Derby. A Canva whizz and dog mum, Natalie is passionate about marketing and is working on the organisation of the new and exciting PPCI Course, Shockwave Fellows, the BCIS Cardiac Physiology Catheter Lab Course and Complex High-risk Indicated Patients.

Natalie
Natalie Cornwell-Stevens

 

Look out for Maisie, Sophie and Natalie at Millbrook’s upcoming conferences!

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