OTS Director’s Forum to be held at OTS 2015 in September

The next OIA Director’s Forum event is scheduled to take place on the evening of Wednesday 16th September during the Outdoor Trade Show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

As the second day of the OTS 2015 comes to an end, attendees will make their way to the Royal Pavilion for an evening of chat, debate, questions and presentations, followed by a ‘dinner and drinks’ networking opportunity for senior level members of the OIA.

Cath Prisk, Director of Outdoor People and Board Member of The Wild Network will deliver a presentation titled Dangerous Play’ – Will cotton wool kids want to get outdoors? (and what happens if they don’t?). There are many good reasons for playing wild and roaming free, and Cath’s presentation will look at what the barriers are to playing out, why it’s such a serious issue and what can be done about it. One in seven of London’s children NEVER go to green spaces – not even the park. Even less regularly play in the street. Should we worry?

Cath Prisk has previously led Play England, campaigning for Children’s freedom to play, and is a founding member of The Wild Network. She is also on the steering group for the Greater London National Park movement and set up her own social enterprise, Outdoor People, last year. She is a published author and expert on Child behaviour and modern parenting. With a background in both children’s services and development, Cath also works with many different organisations on policy, strategy and programme delivery, and regularly blogs for Children and Young People Now and other publications.

The Director’s Forum is free to senior level OIA members on a first come first served basis, and a networking dinner will follow. To register your interest and to receive further details please email bookings@theoia.co.uk.