Conference & AGM 2020 – Registration is Open Now!
March 13, 2020 all-day
South Devon College, Hi Tech & Digital Centre
Long Road
Paignton, Devon
Free to members, £20 non-members
Paul Singer

Announcing the British Marine South West Conference & AGM 2020

Date: 13th March 2020
Venue: South Devon College, Hi Tech & Digital Centre, Long Road, Paignton TQ4 7EJ
Conference themes: Innovation and Collaboration
Best of the West Showcase:
Nautibuoy Marine.
Ribeye Boats.
Ocean BMW




The Board of British Marine South West are delighted to extend an invitation to you to attend the 2020 Conference and AGM sponsored by Bartons Solicitors.

This year’s Conference themes are Innovation and Collaboration and we aim to bring together what is happening in our great region to better inform and inspire our membership.

There will be the opportunity to showcase the ‘Best of the West’ at the conference venue, the all new £17m South Devon College Hi Tech & Digital Centre. Ocean BMW will display an i Series BMW to illustrate a comparison with the automotive sector and innovators, Nautibuoy Marine will showcase their latest award winning products and local award winning manufacturer Ribeye Boats will showcase a class leading RIB.

Conference presentations will take place in the 100 seat 4k screening theatre and break-out sessions in the venue’s innovative teaching and learning facilities.

Speakers include:

  • Alison Thompson, Head of Learning and Development, Princess Yachts.Industry collaboration in training and apprenticeships
  • Rob Watson, Director, Marine Business Technology Centre. Innovation in alternative propulsion systems including electric and hydrogen
  • Philipp Lawson, General Manager ABB, Marine & Ports. The impact of autonomous vessels.
  • Vicktor Brelsford, Head of Immersive, Fuel Immersive.Innovative use of immersive (Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality) technologies

After lunch there are a series of break-out sessions and we welcome any additional break-out session ideas. If you would like to deliver a break-out session, please let me know. Sessions confirmed to date include:

  • A hands-on Immersive Technologies workshop with Gareth Day, Head of Curriculum Digital, Creative & Design and Vicktor Brelsford, Fuel Immersive
  • Cyber security threats and challenges, Nirosha Holton, Programme Coordinator, Digital Media and Computing


Pre Conference networking meal

Thursday 12th March 2020, 19.00hrs

Horizons Restaurant, South Devon College, Long Road, Paignton TQ4 7EJ

An exclusive three course meal in the silver service restaurant and the chance to catch up before the Conference.

Pre-dinner drinks are sponsored by Bartons Solicitors and the meal is sponsored by British Marine South West.

Spaces are limited to just 40, so please confirm by email to if you would like to reserve your free place


Conference & AGM

Friday 13th March, 09.30 for 10.00hrs start

South Devon College, Hi Tech & Digital Centre, Long Road, Paignton TQ4 7EJ



If required, the Premier Inn, White Rock is three minutes from the college



If you are able to attend please register on the complimentary ticket Eventbrite booking form


Delegates registered to date include:

Director, National Composites Centre

Maritime UK South West Lead Coordinator

Head of Innovation, Princess Yachts

President, British Marine

Investment Manager, Torbay Development Agency

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