National Conference

Each year we hold an annual AGM and conference with a number of interesting guest speakers and wrap-around events. The conference is always a highlight of the year as it provides the opportunity for NWR members from across the country to reconnect with friends as well as meet new members. Members of the public are also welcome to join us.

Lincoln 2017: Wonder Women


This year’s conference on the theme of 'Wonder Women' will be held in Lincoln on 24 June 2017. (When tweeting about this event, please use our official Twitter hashtag #NWRconf2017). 



Keynote Speaker, Sophie Wells

Sophie Wells, world-class para-equestrian, will be our keynote speaker. 

Sophie was born in 1990 with Amniotic band syndrome causing the loss of many fingers along with movement and feeling in her feet and nerve damage in her lower legs. Sophie started riding when she was seven and, after a couple of bad falls whilst jumping, she took up able-bodied dressage. 

Whilst competing in able bodied events in 2004, she was selected onto the ‘Worldclass Start’ programme for para-dressage. She has since gone on to win gold medals in the Equestrian Games in Norway in 2009 and the World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Kentucky. She won a gold and two silver medals at London 2012 and two golds and a silver at Rio 2016.

Speaker, Mary Powell

Mary Powell has been the Tourism Manager for Lincolnshire County Council for over 20 years. She oversaw the development of the £22m Lincoln Castle Revealed project as well as many other projects involving the historical treasures of Lincoln and Lincolnshire. Mary set up Tastes of Lincolnshire to promote the county's produce. It has been hugely successful in promoting the ‘foodie’ culture surrounding Lincolnshire. Mary was awarded the MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to the tourist industry in Lincolnshire.  


Wrap around events

We have a great programme of optional wrap around events from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon in and around Lincoln. These include the conference dinner which we have arranged to take place at BGU (where the university accommodation is). This year you can choose to be treated to a glass of prosecco on arrival followed by a lovely three course meal. There will, of course, be quizzes to entertain and an after dinner speaker. 

Book now!

We have to limit numbers for the conference so do get your booking forms in to guarantee a place!

Map of University of Lincoln campus

Map of BGU campus

Map of Lincoln (showing hotels & wrap around locations)


Lincoln wrap around booking form


The Saturday GHOST WALK and the Sunday BOAT TRIP are now FULLY BOOKED

Accommodation at the Bishop Grosseteste University is now FULLY BOOKED


Annual theme for 2017: Women in film

Country theme for 2017: Brazil

Packs for these can be found in the Members area under the Resources tab and then go to Programme Planning.


Past conferences

See Relatively Speaking: NWR National Conference 2016 in pictures

Brighton National Conference 2016

Glasgow National Conference 2015


See our past conference themes.