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03 MAY 2022


ACE curates new programme mixing online and in-person events

ACE has launched a new member event programme for the rest of 2022 mixing online and face-to-face events.

Following feedback from members, the new programme has been designed with the primary focus to add value – ensuring the curated programme of online events provide tangible insights and take-aways, and in-person events and awards create opportunities for collaboration, networking and industry celebration.

Most events are free-to-attend for those working for ACE and EIC members and attendees will benefit from knowledgeable panellists speaking on some of the key topics consultancies face today such as delivering society’s ambitions around Net Zero and Levelling Up, as well as procurement, inclusivity and skills issues.

Our webinars are split in two. In conversation with... is a new series curated by our policy team bringing together members with a key industry stakeholder. Meanwhile, our Insight webinars provide attendees with the support and information they need to do business.

These are supplemented by a number of in-person and online roundtable events, many of which we will hold in-person. Finally, we will hold an in-person conference in October, and an awards ceremony in London in November – the first major in-person ACE events in over two years.

Commenting on the launch, ACE CEO Stephen Marcos Jones said: “Following two challenging years owing to the pandemic, we’re delighted to launch our new events programme to help members seize and create the business opportunities that will help drive our recovery.”

“In response to member feedback, we’ve also made sure to include in-person networking opportunities. Whether online or face-to-face, our specially curated events have been designed to provide your business with the support it needs to ensure you keep on top of the major issues facing our industry.”

“Best of all, these events are open to anyone working for an ACE or EIC member, so please do share with colleagues. I look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.”

Browse all ACE events here or find out more below. Please note we will be updating the website with event pages and booking links over the coming weeks.


Wednesday 18 May – The future of client-led R&D
Chaired by Ian Parker (ACE) who welcomes Jenny Tragner and Gareth Randle of affiliate ForrestBrown to discuss recent changes to R&D tax credits. 

Wednesday 18 May – In conversation with… National Highways 
Chaired by Andy Bell (ACE transport group) who welcomes Stephen Elderkin, director of National Highways’ new sustainability division. 

Thursday 19 May – ACE Wales Conference: Driving greater value
Taking place in Cardiff, this two day in-person conference is jointly hosed by ACE, CECA Wales and CSS Cymru and explores how collaboration will deliver greater client value. 

Monday 23 May – Recruitment Roundtable
Chaired by Stephanie Woolley (Curtins), the online roundtable welcomes Adrian McDonagh of recruitment experts Hireful to explore improving the candidate experience. 


Tuesday 5 July – In conversation with… TBA
Chaired by Peter Hogg (ACE Places group) who will welcome a TBA expert from the UK Government to discuss levelling up.

Wednesday 13 July – Inclusivity roundtable: LGBTQ+
Coinciding with Pride Month, this roundtable will provide businesses with insight on how best to support the broad LGBTQ+ community in the workplace.

Wednesday 19 July – Post-pandemic: Delivering the resilient communities of tomorrow
Webinar to coincide with the launch of new ACE analysis exploring how we can deliver resilient communities able to withstand the impacts of pandemics.

Thursday 21 July – EIC Parliamentary reception: Green Recovery
EIC’s reception takes place in the Houses of Parliament and will explore green recovery with Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment. Find out more at the EIC website >>


Wednesday 7 September – Inclusivity roundtable: Neurodiversity
This roundtable will provide businesses with insight on how best to support neurodiverse communities (autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, bipolarity) in the workplace.

Wednesday 14 September – BS 99001: Quality management for the built environment
A webinar exploring the introduction of a new quality management standard for the built environment, with a panel of experts including the British Standards Institute (BSI).

Wednesday 21 September – Report launch: Smart City Procurement
A new report exploring procurement from EIC’s Sustainable Smart Cities workstream.

Monday 26 September – ACE Wales annual conference
Taking place in Cardiff, the annual in-person conference brings members working in Wales together. Theme TBA.

Wednesday 28 September – In conversation with...
EIC welcomes a key industry or government stakeholder.


Wednesday 5 October – And breathe…Improving indoor air quality
EIC webinar exploring indoor air quality post-pandemic.

Thursday 6 October – Inclusivity roundtable: BAME
This roundtable will provide businesses with insight on how best to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the workplace.

Tuesday 11 October – In conversation with... TBA
Chaired by Sarah Prichard (ACE Net Zero group) who will welcome a TBA expert from a stakeholder to discuss levelling up.

Wednesday 12 October – Inclusivity event
We celebrate our inclusivity campaign at an in-person event in London.

Wednesday 19 October – Conference
ACE will bring emerging professionals and senior leaders together to discuss the major issues at its first in-person conference in more than two years. Details TBC.


Thursday 3 November – Consultancy & Engineering Awards
ACE’s prestigious awards event returns as an in-person ceremony in 2022! Hosted at a central London venue, the awards will celebrate the best people, projects and businesses. Find out more >>.

Please note that all events are subject to changes, especially in-light of the pandemic.