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Important announcement – 8th May 2020

Dear Members

We are writing to you now to say something about the process relating to the impact of the global pandemic on our planned World Conference, that was due to be held in Birmingham in July 2020.

We realise that something important we need to do is to give you our personal and human perspective on this process. We are very clearly aware that we have become involved in a dysfunctional communication process, some of which has been conveyed to those who had enrolled for the conference, and that this experience has caused some of you anger, confusion, disbelief, and personal loss – perhaps caused you to lose some trustand faith in us. All of this has been in parallel to the experience of being in a time of global pandemic, with all the attendant fear, disruption and trauma.

We are human, fallible and can get into difficulties and not find an easy way out. Yes, this has happened. And we care very deeply and grieve for that. We have held you and our TA principles in our hearts and minds and still this has happened.

Throughout, we, the associations listed below, have met, and talked often, we have been at a loss many times, frustrated, angry and depleted. We have each lived personally and privately with this and it has been hard, bewildering and most of all so sad and painful.

We are now in a place that is very complicated. The conference remains under the control of the Limited Liability Company that was set up to run it. Any decision concerning the future of the 2020 World conference is down to the company of which Julie Hay is the sole director. For those of you who have signed up for the conference, the contract you have is with this Limited Liability Company.

As this process goes through to closure, and as soon as we get access to information about the financial liabilities of the Private Limited Company, we, the associations, will take time to explore what we can do within UK law and within the Charity Commission guidelines, to find a reasonable and just conclusion.

We seriously considered the proposal to postpone the conference to 2023 but this would not, in fact, have solved the issues we have with how this company is conducting business on our behalf. Despite our best efforts we were not able to reach agreement with Julie Hay as director on how to work together.

For clarity please note that the planned online conference is being run by Julie Hay and not in conjunction with any other TA organization.

As soon as we have more information to offer you, we will be contact again.

Warmest Regards


Peter Rudolph, EATA President                     

Elana Leigh, ITAA President

Diane Salters, ITAA Past President              

Chitra Ravi, ITAA President elect nominee

Anna Krieb, EATA Treasurer

John Oates, ITAA Treasurer

Rhae Hooper, FTAA Joint President              

Annie Rogers, FTAA Joint President

Bev Gibbons,UKATA Chair

Heather Fowlie, IARTA Representative



Important announcement – May 4, 2020

Dear members,

Over the past months, as we have all been navigating the worldwide turmoil and disruption caused by Covid19 in our lives, countries and businesses, there have been many messages by email and social media with respect to the 2020 World Conference.  Everyone involved in the organizing of the 2020 World Conference has been doing their utmost to navigate the many issues resulting from this extraordinary event and it has not been a simple task.  This statement below is now to provide clarity to you, our members, of your Association’s position regarding the 2020 World Conference.  

In these unprecedented times we are collectively facing many losses and not to have the opportunity to meet as an international community in Birmingham is one of these losses.

As Transactional Analysts, we understand that deconstructing is perhaps even more complex than constructing and this is certainly true in relation to closing down the 2020 World Conference. 

The responsibility for this complex process lies with all organizing associations – we co-created the conference and we will collectively dismantle this in a way that is honoring and respectful to all parties and particularly to our members.

Once the termination of the 2020 World Conference is completed, we will be in touch again. We ask you all to be patient and mindful in this time and trust that we, the associations represented below, are working collectively to honor our commitments to you the community. 

The 2020 World Conference is cancelled not postponed to 2023. We regret that you may have been receiving contradictory emails about this position which are not representative of the organisations listed below.

Taking into account the disappointment and missed opportunity for the UK to host this 2020 World Conference, a bid from the UK to run the next world conference would be looked on favorably.

Some local members from the original organizing committee are looking at the possibility of running their own online/hybrid conference which is entirely separate from the cancelled WTAC. We wish them well with this endeavor.


Peter Rudolph, EATA President                    

Elana Leigh, ITAA President    

Diane Salters, ITAA Past President                

Chitra Ravi, ITAA President elect nominee

Anna Krieb, EATA Treasurer                          

John Oates, ITAA Treasurer

Rhae Hooper, FTAA Joint President              

Annie Rogers, FTAA Joint President

Bev Gibbons, UKATA Representative            

Heather Fowlie, IARTA Representative




Announcement of the Executives of the associations involved in the worldconference/Birmingham:

EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis), ITAA (International Transactional Analysis Association), FTAA (Federation of Transactional Analysis Associations), UKATA (United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis), IARTA (International Association for Relational Transactional Analysis) and IDTA (Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis) decided in 2019 to organize in Birmingham 2020 a TA world conference, the membership meetings of ITAA and EATA and the General Assembly’s there, CTA and TSTA exams and TEW and some connected events.

A great deal of time, money and energy has gone into the planning of this conference and it was hoped that this would be a great success which we have all been looking forward to.

As a result of Covid 19 many lengthy discussions have been had in order to decide what the best way forward is.

After the meeting on the 10/4/20 of the presidents of all 6 organising associations, the treasurers of EATA and ITAA and Julie Hay, it was decided that the exams and TEW should be postponed and that the council, BOT and General Assembly meetings would be held online.

Due to this decision the world conference will not go ahead as planned.

The presidents will meet with the organizing team at a later date to talk about ways an online or hybrid conference can be supported.

We distinguish between Council/ BOT meeting, exams and TEW on the one hand and conference on the other hand. We have a special responsibility as Executives if we invite delegates, candidates and examiners and expect them to come to do their duty. Conference participants, on the other hand, are free to act as individuals and take responsibility for their own choices.

After a long, painful and fruitful discussion, we came to the following statement/ assessment:

EATA and ITAA will cancel the on site Council and Board of Trustees meetings and instead, hold these online in the same timeframe.

EATA and ITAA will cancel the onsite General Assembly and instead organise an online General Assembly at the same time as originally planned.

The EATA Executive Committee recommends that COC and PTSC postpone the exams and the TEW to a later point of time. The question of the quality of online exams and TEW should be discussed seriously – but in accordance with COC and PTSC we do not see it as an option now. The ITAA Executive Committee supports this view.

We recommend clarifying the final obligations with Hilton Hotel so that questions of refunding can be properly addressed once we know the full financial picture.

We do very much regret this outcome, but we act in this way to provide clarity and protection for our members. If you have any questions or comments about this statement, please contact your association that is named above. If you have any questions about refunds, those need to be addressed to the organising committee and Julie Hay as the chairperson.


Elana Leigh, President ITAA

Rhae Hooper, Joint President FTAA

Charlotte Sills, onbehalf of IARTA

Bev Gibbons, President UKATA

AnnieRogers, Joint President FTAA

John Oates, Treasurer ITAA

Anna Krieb, Treasurer EATA

Peter Rudolph, President EATA



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