Annual Conference 2020

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Nobody can predict with certainty or any degree of accuracy the longevity or permanency of the changes brought about by Covid.  But is the parking sector just waiting to see if things will return to how they were? Or will we see this watershed moment as an opportunity to bring forward change that was arguably needed anyway?  

This year’s virtual conference was all about planning for a successful and sustainable future for the parking sector.  To do this we need to question the norms, understand the ‘new now’, embracing this change with an open mind, and take a brave step towards a bold and bright future. 

Three days. Three internationally renowned keynote speakers. Three thought leadership workshops. 

 With the conference over there is still more to do, you can access recording of the sessions and event resources below, find out more about our new initiatives and get involved. 


Summary of recorded sessions with booking links

Want to watch a session again or looking to access event resources? Conference recordings and resources from the three days can be found on the links below.  

Annual Conference Session recordings by British Parking Association

We would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors



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In their 50th anniversary year the BPA encountered the barrier of Covid to what should have been a well deserved celebration at their Annual Conference. To have achieved an informative, varied and slick virtual conference is an exceptional achievement. I would like to praise all those involved. It is a celebration worthy of the first 50 years. Congratulations BPA!

Trevor Clark, Buchanan Order Management
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This year the conference was FREE to attend, If you enjoyed the content, please, if you can, make a donation to members' chosen charity Macmillian. COVID has had a detrimental impact on cancer diagnosis and treatment, but your contribution can make a difference. Thank you.




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Professor James Woudhuysen

Professor | Forecaster | Futurist @Woudhuysen Ltd

Visiting professor, London South Bank University; journalist; occasional broadcaster for Radio 4. St Paul’s School scholar; helped install Britain’s first computer-controlled car park, 1968; graduated in physics. Editor, Design, 1979-82; co-founder, Blueprint magazine. Multi-client study, e-commerce, for the designers Fitch, 1988; proposed Web TV, Henley Centre for Forecasting, 1993. Chief, worldwide market intelligence, Philips Consumer Electronics, the Netherlands, 1995-7. Director, product designers Seymour Powell, 1997-2001. Independent since 2001.


Matt O'Neill

Futurist | Creative Communicator | Keynote Speaker @Futurist.Matt

Matt has spent over 15 years developing marketing and communications businesses. They include an innovative events company, cutting edge video marketing products and a marketing communications agency. Some of them worked, others didn't! But those 15 years saw a relentless march of technology, and deep societal changes in its wake. Matt has always spotted trends and found practical ways to apply them to client challenges. But today that is no longer enough. Companies can no longer rely just on technical innovation. They must work harder to reach customers, attract employees and place bets on future strategies. A futurist is no longer a soothsayer looking into the misty distance but an essential contributor to tomorrow’s business success.


Piers Thurston

Change Consultancy | Keynote Speaker | Coaching @Making Change Work

Piers is an established personal & business coach, with over 8,500 hours experience. He also designs and facilitates workshops in mindset transformation, innovation, strategy alignment, and leadership across the world. After reading law at Durham University, Piers worked in marketing and innovation with large FMCG companies. He is a graduate of the Three Principles Professional Institute and SuperCoach USA, and an ex NLP trainer. A thought leader in the field of state of mind in business, he is also a skilled facilitator of coaching skills in others, having trained and mentored over 750 coaches.

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