The award was presented during the main programme of the conference, with a speech given by both Prof. Nick Curzen and Fiona McDonald.
In his speech, Nick thanked Fiona for her dedication both to providing first-class education to interventional cardiology over the last 30 years, and to the Society, through the organisation, and growth of ACI, and more recently for the flawless administration of the Society.
Fiona thanked the Millbrook team and her family for their support in building Millbrook since its inception 30 years ago. She also, thanked the Society for taking a chance on her back in 2004.
One Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year during the conference, often to Society members who have dedicated their lives to supporting the Society, or to those who have contributed to major advances in interventional cardiology over their career. The president, honorary secretary and treasurer of BCIS work together to make the decision.
This year took a slightly different approach by recognising Fiona and her work through Millbrook, who have worked with BCIS since 2004 on the ACI conference. Fiona has overseen nine presidential terms and knows the society better than most.
Millbrook’s involvement since 2004 has been integral to the growth of this conference from restyling the exhibition and thus increasing sponsorship significantly, reworking branding and design and improving communications across the board. With Millbrook’s input, new education platforms such as live case transmissions, simulator demonstrations and interactive patient case discussion groups have been introduced. Furthermore, Millbrook provides delegate and faculty logistical support for ACI.
Not only are Millbrook key to the success of ACI, but Millbrook also took over the administration of the Society in 2020, and over the past two years has supported all aspects of the society, from working group support, council meetings, membership management, new website creation, financial and budgetary support and marketing. Millbrook have been praised by BCIS for our fast response to queries and for our dedication to supporting and advancing the Society in any way that’s needed.