Delegate booking for the OIA conference is now open with early bird rates available until the 20th January 2020. The annual Conference & AGM is returning to Shrigley Hall, Cheshire on the 16th and 17th March 2020 and promises to be the industry networking event of the year!

Online booking is now live and can be accessed via the event section on the OIA website where further information and conference updates will be available. A key event on the UK outdoor industry calendar, the conference is a fabulous opportunity to meet colleagues, make new contacts and learn valuable insights from influential and inspirational keynote speakers.

With a focus on sustainability this year, the OIA is pleased to announce Dr Antje von Dewitz (CEO, VAUDE) as the first keynote speaker to headline the 2020 conference. Antje sits on the board of the European Outdoor Group and is highly respected within the industry for heading up one of the best-known European outdoor brands and for pioneering sustainability within her own business.

After leaving the business for three years to study for her doctorate, Antje returned to VAUDE in 2005 as a Marketing Manager before taking over the management of the company from her father, Albrecht von Dewitz, in 2009 as CEO and continued to build upon the company’s practises for strong environmental and social responsibility policies.

Antje has a strong background in environmental protection and sustainability which she has used to help implement a strategy at VAUDE to have some of the strongest environmental ethics and working practices in the industry. Themed around sustainability, the 2020 conference is the perfect platform for Antje to share her inspirational thoughts and views with delegates.