The 2018 programme comprises topic streams designed to engage all members of the asset management community and will be packed with plenary presentations, keynote speakers, workshops and interactive panel sessions. The programme facilitates ample formal and informal networking opportunities including the exhibition area which offers the latest innovations in asset management.

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Keynote Speaker - Brian McBride

Chairman of ASOS and Wiggle, Brian was CEO of Amazon UK, leading the company through its period of extreme growth. He oversaw the acquisition of LoveFilm and the launch of Amazon Prime, and was instrumental in launching T-Mobile’s direct web and telesales customer-facing business. He now looks at how ecommerce businesses have grown and the vital role of social media in engaging with customers.


Keynote Speaker - Will Whitehorn

As Richard Branson’s right hand man, Will took the space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, from a vague dream to a project with real spacecraft and its own spaceport. Now involved in businesses from communication to tech to cutting-edge transport systems, including as a long-term non-exec with online estate agents Purplebricks, Will also considers brand, disruption and innovation in a world of fast-changing technology and increasing customer expectations.

Also speaking at the conference:

  • Associated British Ports (ABP)
  • Ben Hanley, IBM
  • Dr David Hillson, The Risk Doctor
  • Manchester Airport Group (MAG)
  • Network Rail

Conference Programme

Monday 25 June 2018

Conference Day 1 - Growth

Further programme details to follow.

19:00-21:00 Evening BBQ on the Discovery Terrace, Library of Birmingham

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Conference Day 2 - Innovation & Transformation


Keynote Speaker - Brian McBride

Keynote Speaker - Will Whitehorn

NxtGen Pitch & Poster

Three course dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole


Further programme details to follow.


Wednesday 27 June 2018

Conference Day 3 - Resilience

Further programme details to follow.





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Day 1 - Growth

Organisations are competing for resources to ensure they remain attractive to people, investment, and business. 

Day 1 will explore how effective asset management can help an organisation both respond to growth challenges and provide a key enabler to fuel growth:

- Getting maximum returns and optimising the future cash flow of investments.

- Increasing output whilst increasing life: making every choice a strategic one for the life of your asset.

- Demand analysis and capacity management: exploring new markets, new customers, new products.

Day 2 - Innovation & Transformation

How can we better understand assets as a unique service and financial instrument?

Day 2 will explore how asset management can join up disciplines from boardroom to boiler room, to transform both their organisation and services to customers, yield greater returns for shareholders and enhance reputation with stakeholders.

Day 2 will also examine the role of people in helping achieve this transformation. Transformation processes are well developed and widely utilised, but to obtain real value requires more than just new systems, tools, people and processes - the challenges of embedment will be considered.

Day 3 - Resilience

How can we retain flexibility in a changing market?

Organisations often operate in the face of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Many of these factors are entirely outside of the control of the organisation, but can have a significant impact on their effectiveness.

Day 3 will look at how sustainable and resilient services, asset systems, resources and supply chains are crucial to the long-term success of businesses.



Stream A: The Principles of Asset Management (hosted by NxtGen)

This stream is tailored to organisations and individuals in established organisations who are new to asset management. The sessions will:

  • explain and explore the principles of asset management
  • provide examples of good practice
  • allow delegates to put theory into practice in a safe environment and receive feedback from an expert

Stream B: Developing Asset Management Capability

This stream is aimed at those who are experienced in the Day's Theme. Delegates will share and learn from one another’s successes (or otherwise) in traditional and non-traditional sectors through discussions and other interactive sessions. 

Stream C: Seeking Asset Management Excellence

Aimed at those with considerable experience in the Day's Theme and who are interested in understanding how the challenges are evolving and helping to define excellence in this field. 

Stream D: Special Focus Stream: Solving Intelligence

From using subject matter experts to smart technology, the Internet of Things and machine learning, this stream will explore the evolution (or revolution) in the tools and systems deployed for ever-more informed and ever-faster decision-making. This stream will focus on technology and providing delegates the opportunity to attend demonstrations.

Stream E: Developing Asset Management Knowledge

Facilitated by representatives of the IAM, this work stream will provide a forum for members and non-members to hear more about the knowledge being generated by the Institute and other activities being undertaken. From Subject Specific Guidelines to professional developmentand the increasing international activities of members, this stream will provide the opportunity to engage with leaders within the Institute. Delegates will be able to:

  • understand how new developments affect them
  • provide feedback on how publications, engagement and networking opportunities and other services are meeting their needs
  • help shape the future of how the Institute raises its profile and the profile of the profession



IAM Qualifications exams

As always, paying Whole Event delegates will have the opportunity to sit the IAM Certificate or Diploma exam at the event, free of charge.  Exam sessions will run on each of the three days of the conference. If you are interested in this opportunity please email .



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