ECR Party

5-8 September 2019, Funchal, Madeira

Training Academy

The ECR party is becoming a university for the duration of three days this September.

We will be offering introductions by leading experts on strategic communications, successful campaigning and effective Fundraising.

Additionally, panels on productive interaction with the Press as well as contemporary evolutions and usage of Social media will be held throughout the event.

There, political operatives, journalists and communication experts will discuss new trends and innovative techniques to efficiently integrate modern media in communication strategies, both on and offline.

The end of the training will give the opportunity to audience members to engage in a Q&A with speakers.

Our goal in this event is to give the most relevant and up to date tools to member Conservatives movements both in Europe and the rest of the world.  The ECR Party considers it essential to function as a platform that brings Conservatives from different backgrounds together, to share ideas, conclusions, and strengthen international relationships.

In order to deliver on this function, we have secured top of the line facilities in Funchal, 1 main theatre and 3 conference rooms will be dedicated to sharing useful information to bring back home.

Last, but certainly not least, cultural activities will be offered to discover Madeira. The island may be a small archipelagic location, but it boasts a rich history. Today, looking around the place would still make anyone feel nostalgic because of the preserved olden architecture and the maintained rustic beauty that envelopes the island.

Even if the locals have embraced modernity and industrialism, the island still echoes its rich heritage.

Training Academy

Joining instructions

We look forward to hosting you in Funchal. Below you will find everything you need to know about your visit.


Your flights should by now have been arranged and the e-ticket sent to you by email; please check your ticket is correct, if you have not received it or have any other issues please URGENTLY contact Sabrina Capaldi email: s.capaldi@ecrparty.eu


If you require a visa to visit Portugal, please ensure that you get one.  ECR Party cannot assist with visa applications.


Please ensure you have adequate medical and repatriation insurance.


We will not be able to arrange transfers. Taxi service can be found at the airport, the transfer costs about 25 euros. Public transport is also quite efficient.


Your hotel should by now have been mentioned to you by email, if you have not received it or have any other issues please URGENTLY contact Sabrina Capaldi email: s.capaldi@ecrparty.eu

Guests will be staying at the:

VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira
Estrada Monumental 175 177, 9000-100 Funchal
+351 291 717 600

There is also an overspill hotel at:

Meliá Madeira Mare Hotel
Rua de Leichlingen 2, 9000-003 Funchal
+351 291 724 140

You will have been informed if you are styaing at the Meliá Mare Hotel. The two hotels are close to each other.

The cost of your rooms and breakfast for the duration of the conference will be covered. The dinners on Thursday night, Friday night as well as Saturday night will be covered. So will be lunch during the Conference on Friday. You will need to cover any extras, such as extra room nights, spa treatments and other personal extras. The hotel will ask for your credit card details to guarantee this upon arrival.  

Dress Code

The dress code is: smart casual for all events (no shorts or flipflops)

Key Staff Contact

Sabrina Capaldi +32 499 528 701
Benjamin Pogorel +33 6 95 46 60 26

Social Media

The Twitter and Instagram handle for ECR party is @ECRparty. The event has a hashtag #ECRAcademy .
Please be sure to tag us in your photos and mentions throughout the event.



Richard Murphy

Managing Director of Communication Strategy and Management (CSM)

James Wharton

Former U.K. Government Minister


Ronald Nehring

Director of International Programs

Charlotte Milligan

Professional Consultant

Thomas Borwick

Founder & Director of Kanto

Hana Adrović

Press Secretary of Enough is Enough party

John Furbisher

Founder & Director of Furbisher Media

Linus Bylund

MP Swedish Parliament (2014-2018), Communication Strategy Expert

Andrianos Giannou

Political Strategist and Communicator

Richard Milsom

ECR Party Executive Director

Themistoklis Asthenidis

ACRE Managing Director

Naweed Khan

Executive Director, New Direction Foundation




Planning an effective Political Campaign

  • Richard Murphy, CCHQ Director
  • James Wharton, former UK International Development Minister



Political Campaign Fundraising

  • Ronald Nehring, Leadership Institute



Effective Communication

  • Charlotte Milligan, Maypole Media


Lunch Break


Panel session

Social Media

  • Themistoklis Asthenidis (moderator)
  • Thomas Borwick
  • Hana Adrović
  • Linus Bylund 


Coffee Break


Panel session

Traditional Media

  • Themistoklis Asthenidis (moderator)
  • John Furbisher
  • Andrianos Giannou
  • Naweed Khan


Panel session


  • Richard Milsom (moderator)
  • Richard Murphy
  • James Wharton
  • Ron Nehring
  • Thomas Borwick