CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR 2018

Building on the success of 2017 , we have four education streams for this year, covering a a wide variety of topics that are beneficial to all attraction and lesiure operators , whatever stage of development all growth your business is at . 

Attendance to all seminars is FREE ,take advantage of all this expertise in one place  ! Bite size knowledge information slots ...information to take away and potentially make a real impact upon your business.

Kate Costin - Marketing Manager - FLICX UK

kate@flicx.com

Combining my passion for Sport and Marketing, I am currently heading up the marketing and content strategies for Crazy Catch and the 2G Flicx Pitch brands. 

Kate Costin has over 15 years’ experience in the Sports and Leisure Industry working primarily in marketing roles. Whilst on a placement year at Loughborough University, Kate was tasked with founding the Play Providers Association which has moved under the BALPPA umbrella. Since 2012, Kate has been working as a marketing manager at Flicx UK, www.flicx.co.uk , where she has developed knowledge of all areas of marketing from content marketing, social media, branding, PR, Inbound Marketing as well as more traditional marketing tactics. Being a small company, where budgets are tight, the majority of marketing at Flicx UK is done in house so Kate’s role is very much as a “jack of all trades”.

In her presentation Kate will share her Content Marketing knowledge, experience and top tips for how Indoor Play Centres and attractions can get the most from their marketing budget and produce creative content that elevates your company’s sales and reputation.

 

Jaz Harris - Magic Injector - PARTYMAN WORLD

Scouted by James Sinclair himself, Jaz Harris joined the Partyman team at the age of 16 years old in their first and at that time, the only venue in Basildon. By 2012 Jaz had become a recommended and in demand party host "Jazzy Bear" as well as the venues Duty Manager. With the confidence, she had gained through work and her love for performing arts Jaz auditioned to become a Nickelodeon Show Host for Norwegian Cruise Line. Jaz successfully did five contacts in this position and after four years returned home. Throughout her contracts, she was forever in contact with James Sinclair and Aaron Othman and even helped them out when home on vacation. Come January 2016 Jaz was back where she belonged at Partyman but this time as part of the Director's Team as their in-house trainer aka The Magic Injector.

 
  

jaz.harris@partyman.co.uk

Melville Sandel - Senior Consultant - FINCH CONSULTING LTD

Melvin.Sandell@finch-consulting.com

Prior to October 2017, Melvin (Flip) Sandell was an HSE Inspector for 17 years and was the Operational Policy Sector Lead for Fairgrounds and Theme/Leisure Parks for the last 9 of those years.

He was the lead author for the latest version of HSG 175 and the majority of HSE guidance relating to the film, theatre, TV and broadcast industries.  He is also currently guiding the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) with the re-write of HSG 219 - HSE’s guidance for zoos and safari parks which is to be adopted and owned by the industry.

He is now a Senior Consultant and Expert Witness with Finch Consulting Limited, providing advice and guidance to the entertainment and leisure sector and wider industry.

Jon Dalton - Inspector - RPII

jon.dalton@playinspections.co.uk

Qualified as an Annual Inspector of Indoor (Fully Enclosed) Playground Equipment in 2009,qualified as an Annual Inspector of Outdoor Playgrounds in 2010.

Approved as an examiner of Routine & Operational Playground Inspectors by the RPII in 2010. 
Elected as the Members Representative Director of the RPII (Register of Play Inspectors International) in 2010.
Elected as the Communications & Marketing Director for the RPII in November 2011.
Appointed as a BSi Committee Member in June 2015.
Approved as an Examiner of RPII Indoor (Fully Enclosed) Annual Playground Inspectors in 2017 
Specialties: Inspection, Training & Consultancy Services for Indoor and Outdoor play areas.

Janice Dunphy - Director - WEB ADVENTURE PARK

Director/Owner Web Adventure Park

Chair  - BALPPA FECA Sub Group & BALPPA Management Committee Member

 

First introduction to play and education was at 18 when she started a four-year Bachelor of Education Honours degree, followed by ten years teaching in Early Education. 

Following this and whilst bringing up two young children opened up a Wrap Around childcare facility, researching natural play and child development. 
Fourteen years ago opened up a play centre which has developed to become an adventure park, with outside play, petting farm, two high ropes courses and various natural play areas. Three years ago after much research opened a Reggio Nursery with forest school which is expanding alongside the Web Adventure Park. 

Despite numerous offers of strategic positions and sites the search is still active for the next perfect location. 

Janice was a founder member of the PPA (Play Provider Association ) becoming the Chair in 2005 after this, alongside the Committee moved to form FECA ( Family Entertainment Centre Association) and taking a place on the BALPPA Management Committee. 

Janice is passionate about Play, and has undergone research alongside local Universities to identify the benefits of FEC environments. 

Offering consultancy to new companies and speaking on the subject Janice believes sharing is why she is successful today, coupled with networking with peers in the Industry.

 

Two children, two dogs, five horses and a long-suffering husband. '

 

janice@webadventurepark.co.uk

Gordon Forester - Director - SAFARI MK

Gordon graduated from the University of St Andrews with an Economics degree and then did a postgraduate business-based degree at Edinburgh University. He subsequently worked for almost 20 years in the hospitality sector including hotels and proprietary golf clubs. He managed the build and opening of the first adventure golf course to be built on the grounds of a golf club in England (c. £750k build).  He then launched his first indoor venue "Safari MK", a soft play and party venue in Milton Keynes in July 2014. 

gordon@safarimk.co.uk

Catherine Warrilow - Day Out With The Kids

Head of Brand for Birmingham based Day Out With The Kids, managing a customer focussed strategy across PR, social and blog content, helping our growing brand to lead the family days out industry.

E-mail:  catherine@dayoutwiththekids.co.uk

Mark Sugden - Business Development Director - GBG PLC

Employers need to re-think recruitment strategies as we enter a period of Brexit uncertainty. Mark will talk how to recruit safely in a reduced labour market ensuring back ground checks are completed and recruitment policies in place to support the recruitment of ex-offenders and stop hiring managers employing illegal workers.

GBG technology supports the capture of right to work, criminal record and driving licence checks and helps confirm the identity of new and existing employees.

Mark sits on the board of three trade bodies that work with key Government departments including: the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for Criminal Record Checking, the Home Office for Identity Document Validation Systems and the DVLA for driving licence checking.

GBG is a global specialist in Identity Data Intelligence. Helping organisations make decisions about the customers they serve and the people they employ. GBG is a listed public company with 15,000+ customers across 71 countries

 

 

mark.sugden@gbgplc.com

Mark Beauchamp - Marketing Manager - TEDDY MOUNTAIN UK

Far older than he looks, Mark from Teddy Mountain shares a wealth of knowledge from his philosophy on “Promotions and Marketing" in this seminar...that’s why it fits into 20mins!
“Cleansed” by failure, ridicule, mockery, incompetence and mistakes, Mark will share some of his "Promotions & Marketing" insights to spark your imagination and set your marketing and promotions Genie free!
Mark is an author, speaker and has consulted for dozens of companies over the years including Virgin Vie, RBS, Sega Amusements and of course Teddy Mountain. Mark also owns a successful independent football academy, is an “A” Licence football coach and sings in band…Badly (not the name of the band.) A visual creator Mark has also been commission by LegoLand to produce content for their social media streams.
p.s…yes there will be blatant plugs and references about Teddy Mountain during the seminar…have fun! There will also be prizes in the “Who can shout "Teddy Mountain” the loudest competition!

 

p.p.s. Mark from Teddy Mountain…what a great guy! :0)))

mark@teddymountain.com

Rob Cooke Sales Manager DCS

Over the last 12 years I have been continuously developing my sales and marketing skills.
I am a determined and ambitious individual; always willing to go the extra mile to ensure I reach my set goals.
I started at DCS (Disposables and catering supplies) three years ago as a team member of the national logistics department and within a short period my passion for sales and marketing was noticed which lead to a promotion to the sales department in January 2017.
Since then I have been working with some of the largest catering and healthcare companies within the UK, promoting catering and cleaning products with a focus on sustainable and environmentally friendly products. 

Working in an ever changing and competitive industry I have learned to have to adapt to change very quickly, this has helped me grow so that along with a solution driven attitude my clients always get the best products at the best price.

Beth@timberplay.com

Beth Cooper - Creative Play Associate - TIMBERPLAY

A graduate in Children and Playwork, Beth Cooper began work with Timberplay as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. This led to the creation of Simply Play, a freely accessible tool designed to support the development of better play spaces. She continued work with Timberplay beyond completion of this project as a Creative Play Associate and now travels the country delivering informative and enthusiastic seminars to Landscape Architects and Industry Groups.

 

Beth’s presentation will be looking at why children play, play theory, what are the primary motivators, how play has changed over the years and what the demands are upon modern day play spaces. She will also look at why play is such an important part of the offering for Leisure Attractions and how it positively impacts on customer satisfaction levels and secondary spend. This pragmatic overview should be an essential foundation for your design for play and the creation of more effective design rationales.

 

Ross Callandine - Head of Business Support - VISIT ENGLAND

As part of his role at VisitEngland, Ross is the in-house accessibility expert developing initiatives that help tourism businesses tap into the high value, growing accessible tourism market, to entice people with access needs to enjoy their attractions.

As part of his presentation Ross will provide information and statistics to prove that improving accessibility makes moral and financial sense.

 

 

Ross.Calladine@visitengland.org

access4alluk@gmail.com

Jane Cooper - Director - Access For All

Professionally: a passionate and creative designer, presenter and facilitator of targeted and effective training and development interventions with a successful track-record of over 25 years professional experience in the fields of training and development, consultancy, communications and engagement and business development in major, blue-chip companies and the public-sector. 

Personally: a highly successful, award-winning, million-pound fundraiser, leading disability campaigner and published writer on disability-related issues drawing on 18 years first-hand experience of disability as a parent and carer.

Gillian Scotford - Director - Access For All

Professionally: an inspirational charity founder and fundraiser, public-speaker, trainer and adviser on accessible tourism as well as published tourism author with an unrivalled insight into all aspects of disability gained as a highly experienced and compassionate medical professional with over 25 years experience in the field.

Personally: a successful, award-winning charity ambassador and fundraiser, leading disability campaigner and authority on accessible tourism and accessible home-building drawing on 19 years first-hand experience of being a parent and carer having 3 sons, 2 of whom are disabled.

www.jamessinclair.net

CEO of Partyman Group, Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs Network, Author and Entertainer

Having started his business as a self-employed children’s entertainer straight out of school at age 15, James Sinclair has gone on to build a business empire spanning industries including entertainment, leisure, recruitment and business training.

17 years later, that same start-up has transformed into the Partyman Group, one of the largest entertainments businesses in the UK, with over 350 staff and £10million turnover across 7 businesses and over 20 sites in the UK including Marsh Farm, a 30 acre park attraction in South Woodham Ferrers.

Having achieved success at a young age, James soon found himself in demand as business speaker, with dozens of requests for help from business owners keen to understand how James had transformed himself from teenage party entertainer into hugely respected business owner.

James has gone on to write 2 business books, and co-found Entrepreneurs Network, a membership based organisation offering affordable business coaching to entrepreneurs to help them to improve their businesses.

Hannah Harrison - Marketing Consultant - JUPITER PLAY

My degree in Economics, Politics and International Relations gives me a global view of business and the interconnected nature of everyday operations. I can analyse markets, allowing me to make informed decisions on marketing strategy.

Recent experiences in marketing, business development and promotions has allowed me to gain a wider knowledge of company build up and appreciation for the levels of construction within a company. By experiencing these levels first hand with the roles I have undergone has developed my skills and attributions further to suit my fascination and passion in Business and Marketing.

HHarrison@jupiterplay.co.uk

AUTISM PUZZLES - 2018 NOMINATED CHARITY TO BE SUPPORTED BY THE BALPPA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Karen Sullivan - Director Autism Puzzles

AP CYMRU provides a bespoke direct outreach service for families at the start of their autism journey.Our aim is to support the family as a whole to help them achieve positive outcomes for themselves.

 

Founded by Karen after the diagnosis of her son .Autism Puzzles has supported over 700 famillies through their Autism Journey . Autism Puzzles is currently working with over 100 famillies on a day to day basis.

 

AP Cymru provide a peer support outreach service for families going through the autism diagnostic process, and the crucial months which follow, by pooling together our lived experience to provide a warm, friendly, and accessible service. The majority of our staff are autistic and are parents to autistic children, so we are able to provide well-rounded, positive, and understanding information to parent/carers.

 
 

Our families can access a wide variety of workshops, training courses, clinics, guest speakers, and family fun sessions. The waiting lists for therapies and other services in most areas are incredibly long, therefore the workshops we facilitate allow parent/carers to access general information from professionals while they wait for their child to reach the top of the waiting lists for more individualised programmes.

We also provide fun and interactive workshops for organisations and businesses of all shapes and sizes, creating opportunities to engage in continued professional development which enhance the day-to-day experiences of thousands of autistic people and their families. This in turn assists with ending the stigma which is still sadly linked to autism within our society. 

 

Seminars & Education

Four Education Streams ....sharing ideas

Attendance at any of the networking opportunities is FREE, but please book your places as they are limited . Book via fec@balppa.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity commences with the Networking Power Breakfast at 8.30am till 10.00am .

Power up for an action-packed day with a topical panel Q&A session featuring some of the leading lights amongst your soft-play peers. Chaired by Indoor Play magazine editor Tommy Leighton, this session is a great opportunity to meet, learn and share with fellow operators over a bacon sarnie and a cup of tea,coffee,juice and breakfast pasteries..

 

 

 

 

Check out Indoor Play Magazine here  

 

 

Attend the Power Breakfast Event and you could be taking this home !