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Celebrating RCSA events with Kate Griffiths

The events sector was hit hard by the global health crisis; however, with signs of the pandemic slowing down, RCSA Business Solutions and Event Manager Kate Griffiths is eager to bring back networking events for partners.

We spoke to Kate about the benefits her role brings to members, what she has learned about the events industry over the past 10 years and what she’s looking forward to most this year.

As a Business Solutions and Event Manager at RCSA, what are some of the benefits your role brings to members?

Kate said partners and events were a “massive part of a member’s experience at RCSA”.

“Being able to bring on new partners adds great value for our community,” she said. “Given the recruitment industry is such a social bunch, networking and events are always welcomed by our members and partners alike.”

The pandemic threw a spanner in the works in terms of hosting face-to-face events and RCSA is keen to get back to them as soon as it is safe to do so. Why is it so important to hold these events for the recruitment and staffing industry and what are you most looking forward to about getting back into a room with members?

Kate said the pandemic saw the introduction of online events for RCSA thanks to new technology, which were welcomed by members. “It allowed us to introduce the TEN & TON initiatives as online discussions initially and this will continue to enable members to interact both online and face to face for years to come,” Kate said. Although the online events have been successful, Kate said she was excited for face-to-face events to resume. “There’s nothing that quite compares to having that in-person interaction with your peers,” she said. “With our jam-packed calendar of events for the second half of this year, I’m very much looking forward to the variety of events we’ve got planned and celebrating everyone’s achievements in the same room where possible with a bit more hand sanitiser than we have previously catered for!”

Having been in the events industry for more than a decade, what have you learned along the way that makes for a successful event or partnership with RCSA?

“If there’s anything that a global pandemic will teach you is that you need to be adaptable,” Kate said. “We managed to ‘pivot’ by providing online events for our members and partners very quickly and I learnt a lot in the process. I attended an industry event recently and it confirmed something that I’ve always known and respected - relationships are key.” Kate said it was important to keep relationships with suppliers strong and to “keep supporting each other until we are ‘back to normal’ (whatever that might look like!),” she said.

What are you hoping 2022 brings for both yourself personally and the recruitment and staffing industry as a whole?

After a couple of years of unexpected change, Kate said she was looking forward to the next chapter, working to deliver engaging, high-quality events and initiatives in a COVID-safe environment. “I’m very much looking forward to getting back to interstate (and international) travel this year and a long overdue visit back to the UK to see friends and family,” she said.

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