FASCINATING SPEAKERS FROM ALL AREAS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOUR
Our speakers are such experts in their fields and they never fail to inspire some flash of insight. As business leaders and entrepreneurs, we know that it only takes one little spark to lead to our next great idea.
The EAGB meets on the second Thursday of every month for a reception, lunch, and to hear from exceptional guest speakers at the Dorchester Hotel in London. We start with Mikado Experience, a guided networking session which runs from 12:00 until 12:45, followed by a drinks reception at 12:45. Lunch is served promptly at 13:15 and the event closes at 15:15.
Tickets cost £98 for members, £110 for non-members (plus VAT).
KRESSE WESLING MBE
From Decommissioned Fire Hose to Luxury Accessories
Kresse Wesling, MBE, is a multi-award winning environmental entrepreneur and Young Global Leader with a background in venture capital and significant start-up experience.
After first meeting with the London Fire Brigade in 2005, Kresse launched Elvis & Kresse, which turns industrial waste into innovative lifestyle products and returns 50% of profits to charities related to the waste. Elvis & Kresse’s first line is made from decommissioned fire hose, 50% of the profits from this line are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. The company now collects 12 different waste streams, has several charitable partnerships and is involved with collaborations across industries, from fashion houses to FTSE 100 companies etc.
Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler had the idea for Charles Tyrwhitt in 1986, whilst studying Geography at Bristol University. He set out to make the best shirts, using only the finest materials, at great value and with unbeatable service.
After a stint with strategy consultants Bain & Co, Nick went “full-time” in 1990. Financed by a foray into the classic car market, he started with 8 shirts and 8 ties in a single page leaflet.
This led to the opening of a Jermyn Street shop in 1997, a website in 1998 and overseas expansion with a Paris store in 2001 and a New York store on Madison Avenue in 2003. The company continues to grow rapidly in the UK and internationally with sales of £195M IN 2016.
Nick is a non-executive director of The White Company and is married to its founder Chrissie Rucker. They have four children and live in Oxfordshire.
ENGLISH FINE COTTONS
English Fine Cottons, is the UK’s only Cotton Yarn Spinning company. Its home in Cottonopolis (Manchester for the uninitiated) was once the home to over 80% of the worlds cotton yarns and fabrics. The company has brought cotton spinning back from the brink and has started to breathe life back into the cotton textile industries in the UK. In fact, the company strap line is Re-Established 2016. It is the first new cotton spinning mill for over 100 years.
The rebirth happened thanks to a strong working relationship between local government and industry and some pipe dreams in Barbados. With finance secured, Andy set about debunking the myths about the UK textile manufacturing industries, with the help of their 83 year old consultants.
It is a story of heritage, both physical and industrial.
Andy Ogden has over 25 year experience in developing technical textiles. He has been responsible for designing and developing new articles of protective apparel, within the military, nuclear, automotive and utility industries throughout North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, many of which are now patented and have become industry standard products.
THE MEDAILLE TRUST
Last year in the UK, over 5,000 people were referred to the Government as potential victims of slavery – a 35% increase on the previous year (source: National Crime Agency). Since 2015, British companies over a certain size have been required to report on slavery in their supply chains.
Garry Smith is the CEO of the Medaille Trust, the largest specialist provider of safe house beds for victims of modern slavery in Europe. With the issue now on more and more agendas, he will highlight some of the issues involved and, with it being Christmas, some of the good news stories of survivors of modern slavery that the Medaille Trust have worked with.
After an initial career in the public sector, Garry Smith forged a career in the charity sector where he took up his first CEO role aged just 30. He then ran a consultancy business for ten years which gave him unique insights into management practices and strategy across a broad range of voluntary and public sector organisations, as well as blue chip businesses in the UK, Europe, USA and Africa.
Garry returned to work where his heart is, in the voluntary sector, in 2016 and is now CEO of the Medaille Trust, the largest specialist provider of safe house beds for victims of modern slavery in Europe.