BMA Industry Conference 2022

BMA Industry Conference 2022

Join us for one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. An opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, architects, designers and the media to be inspired by thought-provoking presentations and gain valuable insights which will benefit their businesses.

The unique combination of activities over the two days means there is something for everyone, from the world-class speakers to the opportunity to network and build new relationships.

With so many repeat bookings, the conference fills up fast, so don’t delay, book your place today.



John Hotowka is a business speaker, humorist and magician who has first-hand experience of the highs and lows of running a business solo. Starting his career in 1989 he built a very successful international business. In 2002 he suffered a crisis in confidence.

He studied high achievers, neuroscience, and read a lorry-load of personal development material. He also gained extensive industry knowledge and insight working with numerous blue-chip organisations and small businesses. He distilled his findings and developed ‘Achievement Thinking’ which he used to rebuild his life and career. He now equips his audiences with the tools they need to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

Design scientist and systems theorist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world-leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help humanity to build a brighter future. Melissa is published in 60+ international scientific, industry and consumer journals, magazines, and books, including the Global Innovation Science Handbook, for which she authored the chapter on Biomimetics. Melissa has contributed as a scientific committee member, peer-reviewer, editorial board member, and juror to several leading scientific, sustainability, and built environment journals, conferences, societies, and awards worldwide.

Robert Lewellyn is a supreme advocate of electric cars and all things techy. Presenter of Fully Charged. Former Scrapheap Challenge Presenter and has been playing the part of Kryton in the BBC’s science-fiction comedy-drama, Red Dwarf since 1988. Robert is also a frequent speaker at science and technology events, actively promoting electric cars and renewable technologies. His website and YouTube channel is a platform for discussion around the issues relating to sustainability and the future of energy.

Prof. Lewis Dartnell is a research scientist, presenter and author based in London, UK. Lewis graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Biological Sciences and completed his Ph.D. at University College London in 2007. He now holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster. He has won several awards for his science writing and outreach work and regularly freelances for newspapers and magazine articles. He has also published four books: The Knowledge was the Sunday Times ‘New Thinking’ Book of the Year and international best-seller and his latest ORIGINS: How the Earth Made Us is a Sunday Times top History book of 2019.


The theme of BMA’s Industry Conference 2022 is ‘Sustainability for the Sector’. Most of our speakers during the conference will focus on the environment whether that’s climate change itself, adaptation, or the mental resilience to cope with the challenge we face. But for our ‘Big Debate’ we’ll be approaching ‘Sustainability for the Sector’ from a different angle.

The channels to market for bathroom manufacturers have been subject to unprecedented disruption in the last decade with consolidation and private equity in merchanting, the emergence of ‘click and collect’ operators and the growth (and demise) of some online retailers. As millennials and Gen Z become a bigger proportion of the consumer market, and crucially, of tradespeople what does this mean for the traditional channels?

In this debate, we’ve assembled an expert panel to discuss whether manufacturers’ traditional routes are sustainable, and how our channel partners are cementing their long-term future. We’ll consider consumer’s changing purchasing habits, future financial models, and the role of the installer. Crucially, we’ll ask what does it all means for the manufacturer?


  • Tom Reynolds, Chief Executive, Bathroom Manufacturers Association