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LILAC 2020: A fond farewell and new opportunities

Giles Lloyd-Brown (Swansea University) will be stepping down from his role as Marketing & Insights Manager on the LILAC committee after the 2020 conference in Manchester. We asked him to reflect on his LILAC experiences.

Giles Lloyd-Brown

How did you get involved with LILAC?

I first became involved with LILAC as a local representative, when Swansea hosted the conference back in 2017. Following the conference, the committee were kind enough to invite me to join.

What roles have you undertaken for LILAC?

After acting as a local representative for a year, I took up the role of Marketing & Insights Manager for the next three years.

In what ways has LILAC benefited your own personal development?

My involvement with LILAC has been very beneficial to my personal development. Dealing with all of the social media channels for the conference was a daunting prospect but it has provided me the opportunity to build my communication skills.

What was your favourite LILAC location?

I may be a little biased but I would have to say Swansea. It was fantastic to welcome delegates from all over the world to South Wales and it gave us the opportunity to show off the city and the university. Seeing the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition as part of the networking event in Liverpool was also a wonderful experience.

What will you miss most when you leave LILAC?

The committee. Everyone involved in LILAC are brilliant at working together and supporting each other. I am very proud to have worked as part of a team that organises such a successful conference every year.

What does it take to be a good LILAC committee member?

Always being willing to pitch in and help. Inevitably, the unforeseen happens during the conference and you will often find yourself undertaking something unexpected to ensure that everything continues to run smoothly for our delegates.

Feeling inspired by Giles’ experiences on the LILAC committee? Think you could make a similar contribution? Watch this space for details of an opportunity for you to get involved!

Find out more about LILAC 2020, which will be hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University on 6-8 April.

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