JCI Scotland National Conference 2011 - Review

JCI Scotland National Conference 2011 - Review

Posted By admin |24 Apr 2011
JCI Scotland National Conference 2011 - Review

JCI Scotland National Conference 2011

Hosted by JCI Aberdeen

15 – 17 April 2011

Park Inn Hotel, Aberdeen

What a fabulous experience to attend my first JCI Scotland National Conference in Aberdeen which took place at the brand new Park Inn Hotel, Aberdeen from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th April 2011.    

I believe that conferences are one of the great opportunities that we have within JCI to meet fellow members, not only from the UK and Scotland, but also from other national organisations throughout Europe and the rest of the world.  This weekend we had JCI members from JCI Scotland, JCI Ireland, JCI UK, JCI Belgium and JCI Ghana.  It was a great turnout. 

It’s true that conferences provide a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old acquaintances (often in the bar until the wee small hours!) They also give delegates the chance to meet, learn and grow through participation in motivational and informative training sessions, which was certainly the case this weekend in Aberdeen.

 It was an action packed weekend in the granite city of Aberdeen.  The conference team, lead by conference Director Gordon McCarlie successfully put together a varied programme of events over the weekend and most definitely something to suit every taste.  Conference Team included: Steven Wilson, Emma Stephenson, Euan Gillies, Pam Cradock and Claire McBain.  Thank you all for a great weekend!

Weekend Agenda:

Friday 15 April

15:00 JCI Scotland National Council Meeting & Registration

19:00 National Public Speaking Competition

20:00 Buffet supper

21:00 National Debating Competition

Saturday 16 April

09:00 Training: Team Building

09:00 Training: Project Planning and JCI Areas of Opportunity

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Business Speakers: Beyond the Business Barriers with Andrew Laing, Sir Moir Lockhead and George Yule

13:00 Lunch, hotel restaurant

14:15 Optional walking tour

18:00 Pre dinner drinks reception

18:30 Black Tie Gala Dinner, National Awards Ceremony and Céilidh

 Sunday 17 April

11:00 Farewell Brunch

Just a short flight from London Heathrow to Aberdeen for me, Friday evening kicked off with the National Public Speaking Competition and National Debating Competition – both of which were excellent events to watch and such a high standard of entrants from JCI Aberdeen and JCI Edinburgh. 

 The winners were announced during the National Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening and congratulations to JCI Aberdeen on both counts, especially to Euan Gillies on his very impressive Public Speaking, well done!

 Saturday morning, participants had an opportunity to attend training seminars:

Ismail Haznedar ran an informative training session about JCI areas of opportunity and project planning.

 Emma Eastwood delivered a fun and interactive session on Team Building. During the session participants learnt something about themselves and how it feels to work with different type of team members.  One of the fun team activities was to build an egg carrier…great fun!

 The key note Business Speakers led an interesting discussion on ‘Beyond the Business Barriers’ with Andrew Laing, Sir Moir Lockhead and George Yule.  A valuable session and some great business lessons to learn.

Saturday afternoon was an interesting walking tour around the city of Aberdeen and an opportunity to really explore the city.  I was impressed and will definitely visit again!

The evening event on Saturday, an impressive black tie gala dinner, followed by JCI Scotland National Awards Ceremony was a great success.  Congratulations to all the winners, especially to JCI Aberdeen and to Arlene Hutchinson, JCI Aberdeen IPP who so deservedly won so many awards during the course of the evening, including the very prestigious award of JCI Senator.  Congratulations to my good friend and very well done, you deserve it! 

The weekend closed with a fabulous farewell brunch on Sunday at the Park Inn hotel…a final opportunity to say our goodbyes and recap on the weekends activities. 

In summary, a fantastic weekend was had by all, both socially and through the motivational and informative training sessions and key note speakers. 

 Thank you JCI Scotland for a truly great weekend in Aberdeen!

 A few words on our trainers and key note speakers:


Ismail Haznedar

Emma Eastwood

 Business Speakers:

Andrew Laing - Aberdeen Asset Managment

Sir Moir Lockhead - First Group

George Yule - Dominion Gas