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Fellows Dinner Review

Posted By Heather Ette, 01 March 2018

Diverse experience and knowledge leads to interesting discussion and debate at the Birmingham Fellows Dinner

The IEP held its sixth Fellows' Dinner last week, returning once again to Birmingham after previous Dinners in London and Manchester. Kindly supported by Steps to Work and hosted by Patrick Hughes FIEP the event was heralded as another successful evening full of lively debate and providing an ideal opportunity to openly discuss the key issues facing our profession today and to set the direction for its future. 

Here’s what some of the attendees said about the event:

Sharon Baker MIEP, Curriculum Manager, APM - “I really enjoyed my 2nd Fellows dinner.  There was a diverse wealth of knowledge in the room, with different perspectives on the topics discussed.  The event was chaired exceptionally well by Patrick where all guests had an opportunity to contribute and stretch and challenge each other’s opinions in a very courteous and respectful environment.  The discussion around resilience and integrity in the sector needs to be showcased as something the sector takes pride in, amidst all of the challenges organisations face, and there were an abundance of examples.  When the Chairman of the IEP chooses to spend his birthday with colleagues and Fellows, it speaks volumes as to the virtues of the IEP.  I have learnt so much from the guests and I feel very privileged to have been invited.” 

Ayden Sims MIEP, Director of Business Development, Remploy - "Another thoroughly enjoyable evening, providing some thoughtful and informative discussion with a mix of people from varying backgrounds, experience and positions within their respective organisations.  It was a great opportunity to share views on the sector with others operating in the same space, as well as get the thoughts of those at the event who worked outside of the sector, and how their experiences might provide a fresh take on what we do."

James Walsh FIEP, Chief Executive Officer, Steps to Work - “The Fellows dinner was a great way for me to show two of my Board Trustees the talent and passion within our sector and for them to better understand the challenges we face.  They were impressed with the amount of experience and passion around the table as well as the superb surroundings and food.”


If you are thinking about becoming a Fellow of the IEP why not come along and meet a few of them at one of our future events, you would be very welcome. 

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