The AIM National Conference 2017 will be taking place next week and some of the annual highlights at conference each year are the AIM Social Events.
Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers are kindly sponsoring the AIM drinks reception on Thursday 22 June in the Command of the Oceans Galleries, and because of the generosity of James Woollam, Managing Director, and the Hayes Parsons team, all conference delegates are welcome to attend the drinks reception prior to the AIM Dinner.
We had a chat with James about why Hayes Parsons enjoy conference so much – and why they are sponsors this year.
AIM:Thanks for talking to us James ahead of conference – what makes AIM conference so unique in your perspective?
JW: I think the AIM conference always has a fantastic atmosphere and is a real celebration of the achievements of independent museums. It’s great to see so many delegates travel from across the country to share their experiences and knowledge which I think reflects the true spirit of any independent organisation.
AIM:What do you most enjoy about being a sponsor at AIM conference?
JW: Hayes Parsons has been a member of AIM for a number of years and an exhibitor for three years, but this is the first time we have been a sponsor. The conference is a great opportunity to speak with people face to face and gain some insight into the current issues affecting the sector.
AIM:It has always been lovely seeing you and the Hayes Parsons team exhibit in previous years, but why did you decide to support AIM by being a sponsor this year?
JW: As an independent business ourselves, we understand the difficulties faced by AIM members and actively look to support our fellow independents wherever possible. With this being your 40th anniversary, it seems as if the conference is going to be a celebration of independents which we just had to be involved in! With the conference also being at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, one of our longest standing clients, 2017 is the perfect year to be an AIM sponsor for the first time!
AIM:Perfect timing for you then! So, what aspects of AIM conference are you looking forward to personally?
JW: I am really looking forward to the drinks reception and dinner on Thursday evening. The social events are the backbone of this conference and I am hoping to meet lots of new and interesting contacts.
AIM:Our social events are always a highlight and the drinks reception that you are kindly sponsoring is going to be a lot of fun. James, how does Hayes Parsons work with and benefit the independent museum sector?
JW: Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers have been providing insurance and risk management advice to the museum, gallery and venue sector for over 50 years. As you undoubtedly know, each museum is vastly different and what may be important to one is not important to another. We take the time to listen to our clients, understand their needs and risk appetite and advise accordingly. We have a huge amount of experience in all areas of insurance including, amongst others, listed or heritage buildings, transporting fine art or high value items, trustee’s liability and employer’s liability as well as advising on claims and risk management issues that face museums such as public safety in high footfall areas or working with volunteers.
AIM:Thanks so much for your time James – is there anything else that you would like to add?
JW: I would just like to wish AIM a very happy 40th birthday and I hope everyone enjoys this year’s conference!!
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