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GDPR, risk assessments and no shows among fears for association professionals

An ABPCO round table at the KIA Oval explored a host of challenges faced by both agency and in-house ABPCO members
27/09/2017

Pictured: ABPCO members gathered to discuss the biggest challenges faced by their organisations

An ABPCO round table at the KIA Oval explored a host of challenges faced by both agency and in-house ABPCO members. 

Held under Chatham House Rules and titled “What Keeps You Awake at Night?” the event was an opportunity for members to gather and discuss the biggest challenges faced by their organisations. Key topics highlighted as issues included:

• GDPR and how it relates to membership organisations and their relationships with agencies
• Risk assessments and crisis management in a blame and liability focused culture
• No shows at free to attend events making it impossible to select the right sized venues
• Conflicting priorities and commitment amongst stakeholders and volunteers who don’t always value the importance of events or their role
• Understanding compliance and how to work with it
• Managing engagement and retention, and workloads when key members of the team leave, particularly with the growth of transient staff

“The event highlighted the truth of the old adage that a problem shared is a problem halved,” said Rose Padmore, joint chair of ABPCO. “It was an opportunity to be honest and seek support amongst our peers. Every challenge was greeted by a host of thoughts and ideas from other people in the room who had either experienced the same or similar problems. In truth, it was humbling to see the generosity and desire to support portrayed by all the people around the room.”

Following the round table ABPCO held a short extraordinary general meeting with a single agenda point. A motion was proposed and passed to move the AGM and conference from a set January time-slot to create a better balance of member events throughout the year, while fitting more closely with the association’s financial calendar.


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