A staff team activity and social event for a global consulting firm, FTI Consulting LLP.
In April 2019 our client at FTI Consulting approached Oliver Myles Events to help design and organise their department’s annual staff event. Our client sought ideas and options for an afternoon activity for her team of 30 at a venue in Central London to be followed by casual but quality dining nearby.
The date was fixed, 13 June 2019, which gave us a good starting point, although there was some fluidity regarding the attendee numbers. With the possibility of a second department joining, increasing numbers to 50, suggestions needed to be able to be scaled up or down easily.
Oliver Myles Events quickly pulled together a fully costed proposal which outlined five different options. These were as diverse as a circus skills workshop in an East London powerhouse, a graffiti workshop under the arches of Waterloo Station and a Dim Sum cookery school masterclass. Hosting venue options were also sourced and costed, alongside paired local restaurants.
The team activity chosen was a Crime Scene Investigation, a fascinating insight into the work of real-life murder detectives and a hands on experience of forensic investigation. This was held at one of London’s most sustainable purpose built event venues in London’s South Bank, 15hatfields.
The activity introduced teams to a physical re-creation of a murder scene, complete with evidence and clues. These ranged from personal belongings found near the crime (to be tested for finger prints) and half eaten apples (good for investigating teeth marks!) to possible weapons, shot-gun cartridge cases and blood spatter, from which DNA samples could be obtained and matched against our suspects’ DNA details.
Following a deliberately brief briefing –mirroring the lack of information and facts available to real detectives on arrival at any crime scene – and a short lesson covering the basics of foresic investigation techniques, the teams were set to task. From a possible three suspects, the challenge was to work out who killed our victim (in this scenario, the CEO of a global organisation), how and why?
In addition to the techniques mentioned, during just over three hours, teams also had the opportunity to create a photo-fit, examine strands of hair using CSI microscopic technology and investigate the twitter account of one of the suspects, set-up especially for this activity.
Special body suits were provided to ensure the crime scene created was not inadvertently contaminated during examination, along with suspect statements and all the materials and clues the teams needed for their investigation to be been taken all the way through to a possible conclusion.
The evening social aspect
With the brief for the dinner venue firming up during the process and following input from our client’s stakeholders, the evening was held in the Brasserie Restaurant at The OXO Tower, chosen due to its fantastic views over the river Thames and option for alfresco drinks and dining should the weather permit.
Oliver Myles Events worked very closely with the team at OXO to find a solution to this previously out of budget option which would offer the pre-dinner drinks experience sought, delivering the experience and feel of exclusivity but without the associated private hire rates typical of high quality rooftop/Thames view venues in Central London.
The event took just a few weeks to plan, during which time Oliver Myles Events worked very closely with FTI Consulting both as a research partner – exploring a number of different evening social options and supporting an internal debate regarding these – and to plan the finer details of the event, from personalising the suspect profiles used in the crime scene investigation, using colleague’s photos, to tying up guest numbers/dietary requirements and ensuring our client had all the logistical information she needed for attendee’s joining instructions. “Our goal throughout was to be our client’s partner and assistant, to make her life easier and to deliver an event which, as a given, ran completely smoothly and which gave all attendees a fascinating, fun and uplifting experience.” Fran Montague, Oliver Myles Events.
Our client at FTI Consulting, Executive Assistant Nadine Clarke, had this to say about the event and her experience of working with the Oliver Myles event team: “From my first contact with Oliver Myles I knew that we were in good hands. We had an initial call to discuss what I was looking for and hoping for some advice. This was followed by a face 2 face meeting to discuss a few options. I decided to go for the Crime Scene Investigation. For the evening dinner, I wanted a good quality restaurant with the option to have the pre-drinks outside. One of the venues I was originally looking at was Oxo Tower, but having Fran dealing with them directly made such a difference. She managed to have all our requirements met. The entire team thought that the Crime Scene Investigation was great. The evening at the Oxo Tower was also a success. Fran was with us on the day to make sure that everything went according to plan. As a busy EA, having Oliver Myles helping me with this event saved me time and money. From start to finish this was a “stress free” experience. I have already contacted Fran for our next event and very much looking forward to working with her.”
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