FASCINATING SPEAKERS FROM ALL AREAS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOUR
Our speakers are such experts in their fields and they 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).
Sophie comes from a strong fashion background. Her father, Serge, introduced Christian Dior to the UK in the early 1950s, creating their first licensing deals. Her mother, Simone, was milliner to the crème de la crème of British Society, and is the only French woman to have been awarded two Royal Warrants, one from the Queen and one from the Queen Mother.
In 1981, Sophie started Tie Rack. It is there that she met her husband, Richard. The pair left to create Sock Shop in 1983, taking the company public in 1987. In 1988, Sophie received the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Award, as well as the Marketing Woman of the the Year Award.
In 1989, inspired by their two toddlers, Sophie and Richard launched Trotters, a chain of childrenswear shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, books and with a hairdressing salon in each of the six shops.
Managing the Unmanageable: Breaking the Triangle of Misery
Paul has been Acas’ South East Director for 10 years. In that time, he has dealt with many high profile trades union disputes, settled individual tribunal cases and developed a team of diverse and highly respected advisers/trainers who help businesses across the country; he has led Acas into places that might surprise you.
He trained as a lawyer, worked as a specialist fraud prosecutor, became an investigator for the Health Service Ombudsman and then led enforcement against questionable sales practices in the gas and electricity industry. Study for an MBA and a growing interest in management psychology and leadership led him into Acas.
TOM HART DYKE
Tom first shot to international prominence in the year 2000 when he was kidnapped in the Colombian jungle on a plant hunting expedition.
After his return home to his ancestral home of Lullingstone Castle in Kent, Tom and fellow hostagePaul Winder penned the best selling book The Cloud Garden (Transworld 2002) detailing their experiences in the jungle. Tom’s jungle antics – building gardens in the mountains, much to the annoyance of his captors - cemented his reputation as a ‘plant nut’. Tom later wrote another book An Englishman’s Home detailing the trials and tribulations of developing the World Garden at Lullingstone Castle.
In 1997, Andy Barrow was playing rugby for his local club when he suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands. He was aged just 17. The following year, his life was transformed again when he discovered wheelchair rugby – also known as murderball – and joined the London Wheelchair Rugby club.
Andy’s wheelchair rugby career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of the record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row.
He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and led the team out at the Beijing Paralympics – one of his proudest moments.
February 8, 2018
DR RUTH LEA
Noted economist Ruth Lea CBE has been an independent non-executive director of the Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC since 2005 and the Group’s Economic Adviser since 2007.
She is the author of many papers and articles on economic issues, has been a Governor of the London School of Economics and Council Member of the University of London.
She is also a notable supporter of leaving the EU. After 7 months of negotiations, what will she make of progess so far?
March 8, 2018
DR JONATHAN EYAL
Dr Eyal is the Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships, and International Director, at the Royal United Services Institute.
After teaching at Oxford for three years, Dr Eyal was appointed a researcher at RUSI. Since 1990, Dr Eyal has been Director of Studies at the Institute, and also serves as a Senior Research Fellow and Editor of the RUSI Newsbrief .
Dr Eyal has completed books on military expenditure in the former Warsaw Pact and a published a study on military relations in the Balkans during the time of Communism.
He has also given evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on the conduct of British foreign policy in Eastern Europe, and the teams of experts which contributed to the peace plans for the former Yugoslavia. He has acted as an adviser to the European Union's studies on the process of dividing the assets of the former Yugoslav state, and has published two studies on the errors committed by the West in handling the Balkan conflict since 1991.
April 12, 2018
Andrew Priestley is an award winning, qualified business leadership coach and #1 ranking business author who works with managing directors of established small to mid tier companies who want more revenues and profits, more lifestyle benefits and the option to scale or exit with valuation.
MAY 10, 2018
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.
JUNE 8, 2018
Patrick has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently Chairman of board consultancy Boardelta, the charities The EY Foundation and ESSA- Education Sub Saharan Africa and a Trustee of the Chartered Management Institute as well as Chair of its Board of companions. Patrick is also member of the advisory boards of Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the FT NED club, and a former chairman of smart materials business D3O.
Patrick has written many books on the subject of boards and the skills directors need to be effective. He established a training programme that became widely recognised as a model of adding value and a leader in best practice. As a member of the Higgs review in 2003 Patrick has also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
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.