The EAGB exists to help each other.  If that sounds like a philosophy you can support, come to a meeting.


Meet other business leaders in a relaxed but professional environment to forge the relationships that will help you to grow personally and professionally.





NOVEMBER 8, 2018





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. 






OCTOBER 11, 2018



Senior Counsel, Linklaters




Dr Lorand Bartels is a Reader in International Law in the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches international law, WTO law and EU law. 


Dr Bartels is a member of the ILA's study group on free trade agreements and helped to establish the Society of International Economic Law. He is a general editor of the Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law Series (CUP), an associate editor of the Journal of World Trade and an editorial board member of several journals, including the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and Legal Issues of Economic Integration.


Following the Brexit referendum, he joined Linklaters as Senior Counsel, and has since been advising the UK Government and other clients on trade law issues arising out of Brexit.


In 2016-7, he was a Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Commons Select Committee on International Trade, and he has also on numerous occasions appeared before parliamentary select committees in the UK, Belgium, as well as the European Parliament.


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.


July 12, 2018





Dr Roni(t) Meshie Mai Lami is an internationally renowned expert on the psychology of money, success and relationships.  Ronit works with families in business and affluent individuals and families across generations. Over the years she has worked with clients from different parts of the world, focusing on finding solutions to non fiscal aspects of wealth.


Dr Lami facilitates, educates, advises and coaches clients, helping them to develop a deeper understanding of their mind-set and the impact emotions have on matters relating to wealth, relationships, parenting, family history, planning and other processes.


June 14, 2018



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.


MAY 10, 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.





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. 






MARCH 8, 2018




Mike Southon is a serially successful entrepreneur, best-selling business author and one of the world’s top business keynote speakers on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and sales.


He built and sold his own company in the 80s and worked with seventeen different start-ups in the 90s. Two of these companies later went public, while three went broke!


Mike is co-author of several best-selling business books, including The Beermat Entrepreneur and Sales on a Beermat.


He is of the most experienced entrepreneur mentors in the UK, having completed over 1,500 face-to-face mentoring sessions and speaks at events all over the world, including material on the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs: The Beatles and Sir Richard Branson.




February 8, 2018




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?





January 11, 2018


August 10, 2017




With a unique background that includes communications science, image consulting and psychometric profiling, Jodi Goldman has become one of the UK’s leading Personal Impact Specialists.  Teaching people how to transform both the outer AND the inner, her holistic approach has helped thousands of people to develop a signature style, an impactful mindset and charismatic communication skills.


With a greatly increased profile - and the power to connect with whomever they want - each of Jodi’s clients gain the personal edge in an evermore crowded marketplace.


Jodi has a way of not just teaching the tools, techniques and systems needed to truly be an inspirational leader at any level; but she is able to really light a fire under people and get them to step up, stand out and shine.



December 14, 2017



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.


We will also be raising money to support Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.



November 9, 2017



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.





November 9, 2017




In 2004, prompted in part by the ease with which he could sell and an interest in personal development, Terry created The Reluctant Salesman approach to selling, an approach designed specifically for professional service providers and those who are uncomfortable with traditional technique based selling.  He has been delivering his ‘Freedom to Sell’ programs in workshops and as a consultant to businesses ever since.






October 12, 2017


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.


Trained as a lawyer, he has 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.



September 14, 2017



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. 




July 13, 2017




At the beginning of 2014, Jan took a sabbatical from her role as Managing Director of Presage Advisory, to assume leadership as the Worldwide Vice President directing the 51 Republicans Overseas Country Chapters and Chair of UK to focus on the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.  She was member of the Trump Transition Team.


Jan is an internationally recognized expert in strategy and leadership advising FTSE100 and Fortune 500 executives for over 30 years. She is the author of the international bestseller, QUIET DESPERATION:  The Truth About Successful Men, a provocative study based on interviews with over 4,000 male executives and 43 in-depth profiles spanning over two years. She served as CEO of Plus Media, one of the first streaming media companies, which was sold to Sony. From 2002, she led the Strategy and Change practice at PwC.


Jan writes for Breitbart, Newsweek and the Telegraph on Republican politics and is a frequent media contributor on the BBC, ITV, Sky, CNN and CNBC.



June 8, 2017





Carolyn is the CEO and Founder of Maiden Voyage, an organisation that provides intelligence and solutions to support the corporate female traveller. Prior to launching the company in 2008, Carolyn lead technology teams from blue chip brands such as ITV, Sony Music, BBC, KLM and EasyJet, and was a regular business traveller herself.


Maiden Voyage sets the global standard for female-friendly hotels, and partners with TMCs and organisations to provide a number of solutions to enhance duty of care for female business travellers. Maiden Voyage is regularly featured in the international press and has won numerous awards.


Carolyn is a regular speaker on the international speaker circuit on the subject of female business traveller safety. She represents women travellers on the Global Business Travel Alliance (GBTA) Risk Committee and is one of several travel risk professionals on the advisory board for PEAR Insights magazine.



May 9, 2017





Professor Crawford is the director of the Institute for Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition.


His research into brain chemistry lead him to assert in the 1970s that the brain would soon show the effects of changing nutrition and dietary fats.  Since then, brain disorders have become more prominent.  The EU estimated that the cost was 386 billion euros in 2005.  In the UK,  recent estimates by the Department of Health put costs at £105 billion, more than cancer and heart disease combined.


How can we deal with such a vast and growing problem?