A Government Minister from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is joining the line-up of speakers for the British Compressed Gases Association’s (BCGA) digital conference, taking place next month.

Lord Callanan will be speaking at the virtual event, which takes places on 22nd and 23rd April. 

Appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in February, Lord Callan’s responsibilities include climate science and innovation, as well as chemicals, which will be key for BCGA members now the UK has officially left the Brexit Transition Period.

At the virtual event, Callanan joins many other speakers who will update delegates on the latest developments in the industry from around the world, current issues and share association news.

Other subjects set to be discussed include Brexit, hydrogen transport and the helium marketplace, as well as diversity, inclusion and mental health A perspective from across the Atlantic is also being delivered, with the American Compressed Gases Association talking about its work in areas including the pandemic response.

And, for the first time, the BCGA Industry Recognition Awards are taking place. The awards will celebrate members’ contributions to their industry and communities, and entries will be judged by an independent panel of experts. The deadline for nominations is 31st March, and entry is free to these accolades.

Ellen Daniels, CEO of the BCGA, said: “Although we’ve had to move to a digital format, we’ve been able to attract a great range of speakers, who will be able to share experiences and insight gained over one of the most challenging 12 months in history.”

“The event will provide an opportunity for the industry to reconnect, reflect on the last year, and focus on the future.”

“I’m also incredibly excited for our first ever BCGA Awards. I’m really proud of the contributions the industry has made over the last year to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, and what better way to recognise members’ excellent work than having Industry Recognition Awards”.