An American in London
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Posted by: ACEDS Marketing Team
An American in London
By Robin Athlyn Thompson CEDS IGP CIP
Sorry Gene Kelly! I had the privilege recently of visiting my colleagues in London during the week of the ACEDS UK Chapter meeting. As an organization, we were 7 years old this July, and I’ve been privileged to serve on the Advisory Board for 6 of those years. One of my favorite things to do is visit chapter meetings when I am in a city having a meeting, and celebrating the sharing of knowledge and fellowship that is uniquely ours as ACEDS. On 27 July, as my friends across the pond say, I was treated to the UK educational meeting hosted by Taylor Wessing. The education was a panel discussion programme featuring Richard Tormans, Robert Florendine, Paul Glass and Naveed Dhada who discussed artificial intelligence and the overlap with discovery.
he education was spot on, with relevant thought-provoking questions, including the application artificial intelligence to business decisions and business predictions. There were many of the delegates taking notes during the programme, a sign to me of the value the members put in capturing the information imparted. The meeting began and ended on time, with time for questions and comments post-educational event. The networking and fellowship began afterward, and I spent time with James MacGregor, Andreea Mohan and Robert Kenny. Amit Pandit, Nicola Milton and Steve Buddell also made me feel so welcomed before I even arrived in the UK. The atmosphere and culture reminded me of a favorite time in my practitioner career when I worked for James Ross who has since passed on, who primarily worked for Underwriters at Interest with Lloyds. I loved each day of receiving telexes and cables with instructions from the Lead Underwriter on the claim being tendered to our firm. All of the Correct English spellings of organisation and programme came back to me, the 24-hour clock, the proper way to write a date, and the lovely way that my new friends and colleagues in the chapter have of speaking made this one of the highlights of my trip. The chapter is not only fulfilling its mission, but living its mission to expand the global reach of ACEDS. It wasn’t just a meeting – it was an experience. Thanks to Mark Brannigan, CEDS for introducing me to such a wonderful group of folks, and for helping me to reach the meeting (I got lost as I tend to do) and have the best experience of the day. Cheers!