Looking forward

Friday, 17 March 2017

Looking forward

Set this year at Donington Park - the home of British Motor Sport (hosting the largest Grand Prix collection in the world and the largest collection of McLaren cars outside of the factory), this offers a truly spectacular venue for our best conference yet. Donington offers great road links with the M1/A50 and is adjacent to East Midlands Airport so this year's event is even more accessible than ever.

With all speakers now confirmed, the line-up is sure to be hugely popular, booking tickets has never been easier:


By phone: call Sally on 01296 642895

By post: (using the following form) with your cheque (made payable to I.A.E.A) to: Sally Hurst, The Firs, High Street, Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, HP22 4JU

The day will run as follows:

9.00 AGM

(members only)

9.30 Refreshments

Enjoy networking with colleagues, friends, industry experts and visit our exhibitor stands.

10.00 Welcome & Awards presentation IAEA president

A warm welcome from the IAEA president to the 2017 National Conference. Awards will be presented to the candidate who has achieved the highest mark in the Institute's practical examinations, to the candidate who achieved the highest mark in the Institute's oral examinations, to the winner of bodyshop magazine's Vehicle Damage Assessor of the Year competition, and to the student who has passed all four written exams in two years with the highest marks.

10.20 David Cresswell (ABP)

The Chairman of the ABP club reaffirms himself as our compere for the event, and in his own energetic style reviews the year that was 2016 with the key industry moves and changes.

11.00 Andrew Hooker (Thatcham Research)

Andrew, who is the Advanced Repair Study Manager at MIRRC Thatcham, walks us through the myriad of information which is developing in the vehicle construction market. Highlighting man, method and machines' impact on the future and understanding how repairs will be executed. Are you ready for it?

12.00 SMART repair (Smarter)

AutoRestore come to the fore to expand on the mobile repair centre of the future, and why SMART repair is simply getting smarter in its approach.

13.00 Lunch

Enjoy a relaxed lunch, networking and live product demonstrations.

14.00 The Digital Assessor

A panel debate hosted by our compere David Cresswell asking our panel of specialists 'where next?' for the automotive engineer assessor in the digital age.

The panel consist of the following:

Philip Briggs – operations director, DAC/gtMotive

Dan Sweeney – director, Minotaur software (EVA)

David Punter – commercial director RightIndem

14.45 Artificial Intelligence

New to our space, we welcome Tractable to the floor to explain where machine learning can take us.

They build Artificial Intelligence products with real-world expertise, so an organisation can perform with more speed, accuracy, and scale than ever before.

16.00 Conference closes

David Cresswell/David Punter close the conference and set the scene for 2017 and on.

More information and the latest updates can be found at our main conference website or by contacting us at

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