Standard, Sydney and High Jumping at the De Vere Venues Olympic Forum

One of the UK’s most successful Olympians, high jumper Steve Smith will lead a stellar line up at the De Vere Venues Olympic forum next week. The seminar takes place on the 18 January at Holborn Bars in front of an expected audience of 180 buyers of meetings and events.

The event will also include presentations from Charmaine Dobson, Senior Director of Public Events strategy, George P Johnson, and Matthew Beard, the Evening Standard’s Olympic Correspondent, as the UK’s number one conference, meetings and training brand looks to shed new insight on the impact of the games for the wider business community.

Steve Smith is Britain's most successful ever high jumper having won medals at all the major championships including the Olympic Games. Since his retirement he has gone on to deliver inspirational presentations and performance development programmes.

Matthew Beard brings with him over seven years of experience encompassing the last three Olympic Games. As Olympic correspondent for the Evening Standard, Matthew has been covering the London games from candidate city, through the handover in Beijing to the current development of the event in the UK. Meanwhile, Charmaine Dobson brings with her experience at the Sydney Olympic Games, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and also within the BBC in Australia, and will be addressing the business impact of these events post games.

“The majority of our clients already have a clear vision on both the importance and the impact of the games within this industry, however very few people are addressing how the games will change the way we do business as people and organisations,” comments Ian Jones, Director of Group Sales, De Vere Venues. “For those in our industry, it’s important that we really look into how this major event will leave businesses post 2012.”

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