It was a glorious Friday 5th of July in the grounds of Tower Bridge–one of London’s most spectacular historical settings. The sun was shining, heightening our excitement and anticipation for the Conference Awards 2019. The crowning of the UK’s best conferences over the past year was about to happen.
Overjoyed and a bit nervous, team This Can Happen was reflecting on how we’d achieved so much in such a short time. Could it really be that a mental health conference in its infancy was enjoying the spotlight amongst well-established conference giants? Nominated in not one, not two, but THREE categories, This Can Happen was being recognised for its important impact in the growing movement to improve mental health across UK workplaces.
The Conference Awards are like the Oscars for the sector, with many big-name entries from huge industry conglomerates. For a first-time conference, to be shortlisted in three categories is a major achievement.
After much anticipation, the winners were announced. We were absolutely thrilled to be awarded Winner Best New Conference Launch (over 500 delegates), to take a silver medal for UK Conference of the Year (under 1500 delegates) and of course for our nomination in the Outstanding Conference Team category.
In the words of one of This Can Happen’s Founders, Archie Sinclair:
“The category we are most proud of is Outstanding Conference Team. I truly believe that our unique set up and ability to deliver a brand-new event in a brand-new sector is nothing short of remarkable and it’s a huge tribute to all of you and your talent and expertise. Thank you for helping us achieve this.”
At This Can Happen we believe there is something very powerful about a mental health conference placing at the medal podium for a prestigious awards event. It tells an encouraging story of times that are changing, minds that are opening and stigma that’s breaking around this crucial topic that touches all of us. It highlights the critical conversations and incredible efforts taking place across UK workplaces to improve mental health support—including in the conference and events sector.
Winning a Conference Award means that TCH was endorsed by a respected panel of industry experts. We are honoured and overjoyed. Now let’s get back to work planning this year’s event. Watch this space!