Conference 2017 debrief

Thank you to those of you who attended the ILM Annual Conference 2017 in association with Penningtons Manches on Friday 12th May. We hope you enjoyed the day.

Some of the highlights…

We had an excellent response to our post-conference feedback survey, and were delighted that so many people found the conference an enjoyable experience – 93% of those who responded said the conference was good or excellent overall.

Our main sponsors Penningtons Manches ran three sessions, including an update on the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations from Daff Richardson. She warned delegates that there will be “huge penalties for non-compliance” so it is vital that all businesses are prepared. Delegates described the session as “informative” and “extremely useful”. For more on ways to prepare for the upcoming regulations, click here.  

James Aspden from Wilsons
– who acted for the charities in the case of Ilott v Mitson –  gave an update on the implications of the case, and shared a useful list of ten points to bear in mind following the judgement. Based upon feedback received so far, this was the most popular session of the day, with all of our attendees rating the talk as good or excellent, and saying they found the talk “very creative”, “extremely relevant” and “really powerful”. You can see James’s slides, including his ten points,

Death Cafe

We also held the UK’s largest Death Cafe on the day. Death Cafes are a movement that creates the opportunity for people to come together in an informal space and talk about death and dying. We felt such conversations, although difficult,  add real value and will help legacy professional do their jobs even better. And many delegates clearly found the session very valuable, with comments from our feedback survey including:

“A very thought-provoking and useful session from both a work and a personal viewpoint.”

“It was great that a chance was taken on a new idea and on our table it inspired a different conversation to usual conference chat!”

“This was an amazing opportunity to experience something which I am sure most of us would not have sought out otherwise. It was incredible to see how much people opened up … I think this experience should be expressly drawn on when informing best practice in relation to lay executors and family and friends of the deceased person who left us a gift.”

“This was very unique and very relevant to us in our field of work.”

Death Cafes have written a post about their experiences of the conference, which you can read here.

Award winners

As always, we presented several awards on the day, and our awards this year were sponsored by Legacy Link. The award winners were as follows:


Legacy Link awarded its first Crispin Ellison bursary awards to Jessica Thompson from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and Leanne Beaton from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). The bursary covers the costs of studying the CiCLA qualification and we wish them both good luck with their studies!


The CiCLA Student of the Year 2017 award was presented to Samantha Jackson, while our Legacy Professional of the Year 2017 award was presented to Freya Ellingham.

We also had a very special award this year, which ILM’s training manager Nichola Sims presented to Linda Norgrove in recognition of her contribution to ILM and the legacy sector.

AGM – minutes

We also held our Annual General Meeting at the conference, and the minutes will be published online shortly.