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Are you a member of a society, organisation, institute or association that holds regular conferences? Then why not bring your next event to Hull & East Yorkshire and become a Conference Champion!

What is a Conference Champion?

Hull Conference Champions are experts in their field, their influence is the driving force in attracting national and international conferences to Hull. Their specialist knowledge and research is key to shaping an engaging conference programme.

Conference Champions are proud to showcase Hull as a world class conference destination to their contemporaries; they are passionate about raising the profile of their field of work, enhancing the reputation of their organisation and contributing to the city’s economy.

If organising a conference or event seems a bit daunting or you would like some help and advice regarding the practical elements of hosting a conference, then the Hull Conference Champions initiative offers the support necessary to enable individuals to host their conference in Hull. Work with us to champion Hull and bring your next conference, event or exhibition to the city.



How it works

The Conference Champions Programme is a partnership between Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences and representatives of local professional and academic institutions.The aim is to work with interested representatives who can directly or indirectly influence decisions on where national or international conferences are held.
The Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences team provide free conference organising support. Our free services help minimise the event organiser's workload, help make holding a conference here successful and stress free, and enhance your delegate's experience of the area.





How can we help?

Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences aim to make it as easy as possible to bring a conference to the area by offering a full range of free impartial support services. The conference team are proud to be promoting Hull & East Yorkshire, and we will offer you every assistance in ensuring the process of hosting your association’s next conference is completely stress free.

Champions will play a key role in bringing conferences to Hull & East Yorkshire and HEY Conferences will work with you to ensure that we help you to create an experience, not just an event, as we believe that Hull & East Yorkshire is the perfect location to bring your colleagues.




The Conference Team
Benefits of being a
Conference Champion

Bringing a conference to Hull & East Yorkshire will enable you to:

  • Raise the profile of your specialist subject area
  • Raise your personal profile amongst your peers
  • Raise the profile of your company, university or organisation
  • Influence conference programme content
  • Stimulate funding and investment opportunities
  • Establish potential world-wide links and research partnerships
  • Enhance the profile of Hull & East Yorkshire as a key UK destination
  • Help to increase economic benefit to the area
Benefits of being involved with the
Conference Champions Programme?
  • Enjoy civic receptions and welcomes.

  • Attend exclusive Ambassador networking events with peers and with the wider  business community in Hull & East Yorkshire.

  • Tap into a full range of free expert advice and support offered by Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences.

Our Champions!



Hull Conference Champion 
Mark Daubney - Solicitor

Stamp Jackson & Procter Limited

Jurismus Meeting
2.5 days - 40 attendees




Jurismus is the network for young Eurojuris lawyers across Europe, Mark attracted the Jurismus Meeting to Hull in 2016.
The meeting offered an interesting programme of plenary sessions at the Royal Hotel as well as a mock trial of a fictional court case held in the Council Chamber of the Hull Guildhall.
Complementing the professional programme was a host of social activities to showcase Hull and East Yorkshire at its very best, with an afternoon clay pigeon shooting, fancy dress ball at Cave Castle Hotel and a guided tour of Hull with first class tour guide Paul Schofield.






Delegates also got the opportunity to experience dinner at The Deep home to over 3,500 fish and sample some of Hull’s favourite old town establishments with receptions at Kardomah 94, Silvers Bar and Thieving Harry’s.
“During the conference in Hull it was great to see the
reaction of the attendees to the city and the variety of
events arranged for them, after the conference the
feedback from delegates was fantastic”
Mark Daubney
Hull Conference Champion
Katy Duke - Chief Executive Officer, The Deep
BIAZA Annual Conference
2.5 days - 110 attendees
BIAZA Learning and Presenters’ Conference
 2.5 days - 95 attendees



During 2017 Katy hosted two British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) conferences at The Deep. BIAZA is the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland. Their members are committed to be at the forefront of conservation, education and research.
As well as discussing crucial conservation topics, BIAZA’s annual awards ceremony was also held as part of the BIAZA Annual Conference. Both conferences gave delegates the opportunity to explore Hull’s Museum and Cultural Quarters with events at Hull Streetlife Museum and Butler Whites.








 Katy has also attracted the 33rd European Union of Aquarium Curators (EUAC) Conference to Hull, which will be held over 4 days during October 2018 in two main locations; The Deep and the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hull. This is the largest annual gathering of European public aquarium professionals.
“I think bringing conferences to Hull is a
fantastic opportunity to showcase the city”
Katy Duke
Hull Conference Champion
Stephen Greep - General Secretary
Hull & District Chess Association
British Chess Championships11 days - 1700 attendees




Stephen was key to hosting a hugely successful British Chess Championships in Hull in the Summer of 2018. The tournament open to juniors and seniors also attracted several Grand Masters to take part at Championship HQ Hull City Hall.
For those participants arriving via train there was a special welcome provided by a team of Hull Volunteers in their vivid blue uniforms. Throughout the tournament a tourist information point was available in the Hull City Hall.
The eleven day event offered a vast social programme from family activities at The Deep and pizza making at Ask Restaurant to a chess evening at Napoleons Casino. There was an opportunity for attendees to explore Hull on foot with a variety of guided walks covering Hull’s history, pubs and ghosts.






The Yorkshire Brewing Company produced a specially brewed beer for
the tournament - Grandmaster Ale.
One of the more quirky aspects of the championships saw Queen Victoria Square turned into a giant chess board with local volunteers participating as live chess pieces.


“The Hull Volunteers provided a great welcome
for our attendees, everyone commented on the
friendliness of Hull”
Stephen Greep



Hull Conference Champion
Dr Ann Kaegi, Director of Learning
and Teaching (School of Arts)

British Shakespeare Association
3.5 days - 167 attendees




The British Shakespeare Association is a professional association and registered charity devoted to promoting the study, practice and enjoyment of Shakespeare throughout the United Kingdom.
Ann was successful in bidding to bring the 7th Biennial British Shakespeare Conference to the University of Hull in a very significant year as 2016 was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Conference attendees heard from keynote speakers from as far afield as New Zealand and the programme attracted an international audience from across Europe as well as delegates from Australia, Japan and India.







Delegates dined with sharks at The Deep, enjoyed receptions at the brand new £28m University Library and the Hull Guildhall, where world renowned Shakespearean scholar Sir Stanley Wells, former son of Hull, was honoured by the Lord Mayor of Hull. Delegates were also entertained at Hull Truck Theatre with a special performance by international comedy theatre company Spymonkey.
"The Hull & East Yorkshire Conference team’s help
was invaluable. We wanted our conference to be an
exceptional experience and Hull provided that for our
Dr Ann Kaegi

Conference Champions



The team at Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences will support and advise you every step of the way.
We will help you pull together a winning bid presentation and work with you to create
a memorable conference for your colleagues.




Hosting your conference in Hull boosts awareness of your organisation and is a fantastic way to showcase the city you are proud to be connected with. Being a passionate and proactive Conference Champion also raises your personal profile amongst your contemporaries, nationally and internationally.




As a Conference Champion you will have access to a range of professional, free impartial services.
Our dedicated friendly staff can find the perfect venue, book accommodation and arrange activities - whether you require enticing field trips, drinks receptions with a difference, or gala dinners with the wow factor!


As a Conference Champion your expertise and influence will be a driving force in attracting your conference to Hull.
Your specialist knowledge is key in shaping an engaging conference programme for your colleagues.



The Conference Champions programme aims to make it as easy as possible for you to bring your next conference to the area. With your subject expertise and our conference skills we can create a winning team. We will be proud to work with you and offer every assistance to ensure the process of hosting your conference is stress free.


Be part of the next exciting chapter of Hull's story...
Become a Conference Champion!

Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences
Contact: Liz Neal
Tel: 01482 391535
Email: liz.neal@vhey.co.uk



Speak to the Hull and East
Yorkshire (HEY) Conferences
team about holding a conference,
meeting, gala dinner, or event.
Call +44 (0)1482 391535 or email