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Do You Have What it Takes to Become an Agent?

Monday, 20 February 2017

It is now less than four months until the unmissable IRMS Annual Conference taking place in Scotland at the Hilton Glasgow on 21st - 23rd May 2017. 

The key focus for 2017 is to show how IRM can drive business transformation, helping you to become a bona-fide 'Agent of Change' within your organisation. Through an information-packed programme of keynotes, workshops, case studies and interactive discussions, you will emerge from your training with valuable new allies and a comprehensive briefing on the challenges ahead. 

“Outwit your rivals with your new IRM intelligence and fulfil
your mission as a future agent of change!”


The IRMS Annual conference provides an unmissable three days of new ideas, best practice and experience sharing. This year’s acclaimed IRMS Annual Conference will bring together over 450 IRM thought-leaders, strategists and practitioners for the UK’s largest gathering of information and records management professionals.

Our popular 3-day package includes two nights’ accommodation, a special social event on Sunday evening, IRMS Gala Dinner & Awards on Monday night and closing reception on Tuesday afternoon, all designed to maximise your opportunities to meet and share experiences with your peers from all over the UK (and beyond).


Agents of Change: Driving Business Transformation
IRMS Annual Conference
21st – 23rd May 2017, Hilton Glasgow

Don’t delay book your place now, IRMS Member full conference places are just £799 + VAT, register at: www.irmsconference.org.uk

We hope to see you in May!

Best wishes

Lydia Ginsbury
Marketing Director
Revolution Events

IRMS17 Call for Contributions

Friday, 16 September 2016

As you know, the next IRMS Conference will be held on 21-23 May 2017 at the Glasgow Hilton hotel, and the theme this time is “Agents of Change - Driving Business Transformation".

Have you got something to say about the role of information in business change? Whether you have a new concept, a project case study, or just want to discuss a subject you're passionate about with a like-minded audience, don't miss this fantastic opportunity to present your ideas! The main topic areas are below, but as always the door is open to all.

Technology - best practices and innovation in Enterprise Content Management
Law - understanding and responding to changes in information law
Soft Skills - helping you as a professional, particularly in managing change
Lessons from Scotland - case studies and best practice from our host country
Deployment of Solutions - case studies from our vendor community on many aspects of information and records management

We’re also looking for end user stories relating to, for example:
- The creation of governance systems for records management and privacy, including policies, procedures, roles and responsibilities
- The implementation and ongoing management of EDRM / ECM solutions
- The practicalities of physical records management - scanning, space planning, disposal, re-filing, archiving.

For the first time, we're using the EasyChair system for submissions, making it easier than ever to put forward your proposal for a contribution to the IRMS Conference. To find more details and submit your paper online please go to www.irmsconference.org.uk/call.

Get your thinking caps on – the deadline for submissions is Wednesday 02 November 2016.

Reminder for delegates – the Super Early Bird rate ends on 30 November 2016. Register now at www.irmsconference.org.uk and save up to £200 on the standard price!

IRMS Conference 2016: A last word from our Chair before we begin...

Friday, 13 May 2016

Well folks- it’s nearly here- Conference 2016 is almost upon us! It is the Sunday before when I am writing this. It is around lunchtime and I have been in a happy burble of Conference prep since Friday. This has included email, phone calls, preparing PowerPoint slides and scripts and also preparing for both the Exec Meeting and Annual Group Chairs’ Meeting that we have on Conference Saturday and the Oral Accreditation interview panels we are running on the Sunday morning.  In short it is busy in the Presidential Palace this weekend!!

This prep has included a good deal of writing- of which this is not only the final piece but also both, so I understand, the final Conference blog and also, coincidentally, my final written piece as Chair of the Society…so, no pressure then!!

And in reality that is fair comment.  There really is no pressure here- certainly not in terms of Conference.  It has been quite a year, starting last July, putting this one together but what we have for you is, quite frankly, I think, awesome- and fit for information superheroes!

The format is familiar – a soft opening on the Sunday evening; keynotes, breakouts morning and afternoon Monday followed by Gala Dinner and Awards in the evening and then Keynote, breakouts, something different and closing panel on the Tuesday- but within that framework there is huge innovation in terms of approach and content this year.

And deliberately so- not because last year was not a success- in fact, it was hugely successful, but indeed precisely BECAUSE Conference year on year is so successful.  To keep it so, we continually try new things- this year we are expanding the idea of ‘double keynotes’ - not only a ‘Super Tuesday’ double-header this year but a ‘Mega Monday’ double-header too!

We are also trying an idea of café sessions of linked shorter talks (a little longer than 15 minute lightnings but a little shorter than full 45 minute sessions too)- I am very much looking forward to the focus on topic that these will bring as well as being a great way to loosen up a little over Tuesday lunchtime after the intensity of the preceding couple of days!

On top of this we have something very new indeed- a Conference Fringe and a Conference e-fringe.  These are both totally new departures.  The Fringe is, as a Fringe should be, an informal and creative extravaganza on the Sunday afternoon- with themed chat and facilitated crafting within a context of a seaside afternoon tea – complete with cake…which sounds like a winning combination for Conference Sunday afternoon to me I have to say!

The e-fringe is a different thing again- live group chat on conference themes as the conference develops- delivered in a DP safe-play way via the Conference App (with private chat also available).

Goodness/Argol Mawr!  I was excited about the whole thing before I started writing this blog- now I actually can’t wait!  All of this and so much more besides-including new major sponsors coming on board- HP Enterprise, Restore Document Management,  Isle of Man Post- these joining old friends Box-it and Iron Mountain and many more! 

The list of fabulous things just goes on and on…an Oscars style awards evening with new award categories too, a living legend of an after dinner speaker, keynotes and breakouts to die for, our first ever sponsored bursary place…I wish now I had 5000 instead of 500 words…Jings!  I am going to be pooped  by the end of it all- luckily I have Wales going to our first football tournament in my lifetime to help me relax in June- oh my, what a couple of months it is going to be…

Meic Pierce Owen
Chair, IRMS

IRMS Conference 2016: A newbies perspective

Friday, 13 May 2016

 Not only is 2016 my first Conference as part of the Exec, it’s my first IRMS Conference at all! So what am I most looking forward to? As always there’s a great line-up of speakers – both as keynotes and in breakout sessions; there will be plenty of opportunities for informal networking and to speak to the vast range of exhibitors; and of course there’s the Sunday social and Monday night gala providing a relaxed interlude within the 3 whirlwind days of learning! 

But above all what I’m anticipating the most is an event that reflects the inclusive nature of the IRMS. It’s refreshing to be at a conference that kicks off with a session designed to allow the Exec and others to welcome all, but especially first-time, attendees – not to mention the buddy scheme that ensures newbies are never made to feel left out.

I must also mention the Conference App, which allows delegates to start the conversation long before they even arrive – providing an ideal ice-breaker and opening topic of conversation when meeting new people. As a delegate, let alone an Exec team member, I hope the activity stream sees a lively discussion throughout the conference – I, for one, will certainly be contributing when I can. There’s even a prize available for the best Tweet!

Returning to the programme itself, the fantastic mix I described above doesn’t produce itself, so a big thumbs-up to the organising committee led by our Conference Director Reynold Leming and the team at Revolution Events. If I had to pick out sessions to personally highlight, I’d say breakouts C4 (with Noeleen Schenk) and E1 (by Lee Edwards)… which by complete coincidence – no, really – are the ones that I’ve been given the responsibility of chairing, so I hope to see you there!

You’ll find details of our full Conference programme here but please do also find the IRMS Conference 2016 app in the App Store or on Google Play. You can find me personally on Twitter as @joechapman30 but keep an eye on the hashtag #IRMS16 for all the social media buzz.

If you’ve already booked to attend then I’ll see you on Sunday afternoon at the Conference Fringe. If you are yet to book you can still register (until this Friday) via the IRMS Conference website.

Joe Chapman
IRMS Comms Officer

IRMS Conference 2016: More than just a Conference

Thursday, 12 May 2016

This is my 7th IRMS conference as an 'Information SuperHero' but my first as IRMS secretary. For the last few months, amongst the various duties of the Secretary, my primary focus has been on ensuring that we are ready for the Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Monday 16th May at 4.30pm. Like most typical AGMs it is an opportunity for members to comment on and directly influence the management and direction of the Society. The AGM is also where the changing of the guard happens. The new Executive team, new directors and constitutional officers take up their post, and we say goodbye and show our appreciation to some of the current Executive who have worked tirelessly for IRMS. 

If you are a member of the IRMS you would have received the Annual Report published in the May Bulletin (due to hit your desks any day now). The annual report ensures that members are aware of the work that has been done by the directors of the Executive and the financial position of the IRMS. Thanks to Meic Pierce Owen, Joe Chapman and Jamie Burton for their assistance.

While my main focus has been on preparing for the AGM I have still managed to keep an eye on the very exciting programme that the conference committee, led by Reynold Leming have pulled together this year.  I’ve also drawn the short straw and I'll be seeing you all on the Tuesday morning bright eyed and bushy tailed ready for another jam packed day (with gala dinner morning after survival packs as these proved really successful last year). You can find details of our full conference programme here.

I encourage all members who are attending the conference to also attend the AGM. It is a great opportunity for you to have your say in how the IRMS is run. Members who are unable to attend the conference are still encouraged to attend the AGM. Just let me know by Monday 9th of May if you plan to attend. I am looking forward to seeing you all at conference and hope to see many of you at the AGM. 

If you have already booked in to attend then I shall see you on Sunday afternoon for Conference Fringe. If you are yet to book you can still register at the IRMS Conference website

See you soon,

Fiona Kearney, AMIRMS
Secretary, IRMS

P.S. – You will have enough time to attend AGM and get suited and booted for the Gala dinner!

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