Rochester Cathedral Business GuildAims and Objectives
Businesses will benefit from association with the cathedral's prestigious name, location and reputation within Kent and Medway. The Guild will provide members with opportunities for entertaining customers, suppliers or staff in a unique setting through a variety of events and networking functions. It will attract high-profile speakers and stimulate ideas on business practice and ethics.
Download the Business Guild 2016 brochure here for more information on the Guild and how you and your business can join for only £200 per year.
The Business Guild works as part of The Rochester Cathedral Trust.
Further information available from Lynne Bax at email@example.com or telephone 01634 810074.
The Rochester Cathedral Business Guild, which is a not-for-profit entity, has been helping keep business owners informed of the latest corporate related issues for the last nine years, at the same time allowing Managers and Directors from many different companies to network and share best practice. However in 2106 we want to focus our attention on helping smaller businesses in the community by offering a number of breakfast talks on subjects that we feel will help owner mangers. The breakfasts are held in The Commissioner’s House in the Historic Dockyard and last for just two hours to ensure that they do not interfere with your working day, and all you pay is £15.00.
Topics covered at the different breakfasts will include:
Managing client debt – 8am - 10am Wednesday 24th February 2016. Our speakers are Richard Ludlow and Natasha Biggs of Furley Page
Improving profit – 8am - 10am Wednesday 4th May 2016. Our speaker on this topic is Tim Levey of Kreston Reeves.
Selling to local authorities – 8am - 10am Wednesday 14th September 2106
And our Seminar on Wednesday 16th November will be opened by a key business speaker followed by various workshops during the morning, with each time slot having two topic options for you to choose from. Local high profile speakers will cover key subjects giving free advice and guidance to provide further support to you in running your business. The morning will close with a networking lunch where you can meet fellow delegates and talk to our guest presenters. The cost of the seminar is £45 per head.
The Business Guild is run by Rochester Cathedral to support businesses in the area as part of its commitment to local community, however please be advised that the meetings do not have a religious slant. Because of our standing we can draw upon some of the best business advisors in the area ensuring that you receive good quality accurate advice to help you in the day to day running of your business. Any profits made by the Guild via sponsorship or other marketing opportunities are donated to support the cathedrals work in music and education, in particular by offering opportunities for musical development to young people in Medway and North Kent.
Our grateful thanks go to The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for providing their venue once again.
Steering Group Members
Chairman - John A Spence OBE DL
John Spence trained as an Engineer but has held a number of diverse appointments both before and since early retirement, including Education, and was formally Chairman of Mid Kent College and a Council Member of Kent University (Chairman of Audit). A non exec Chairman / Director various small private companies, non exec Director Radio Invicta 1995-2000. He served in local Government (1961-93) first on Gillingham Council then on Kent County Council holding key chairmanships (including Finance) and political appointments. At National he chaired the Local Government Finance Committee of the Association of County Councils and served on Home Office and other departmental committees. He is a past Chairman of the Kent Police Authority.
In the Health Service from 1987—1997 he chaired first the Medway Health Authority and the Kent Ambulance Service and then the Medway NHS Hospital Trust. He is Chairman of Rochester Cathedral Council and is a Cathedral Trustee; a board member of Rochester Bridge Trust and Chatham Historic Dockyard and was Chairman of Master Ropemakers Limited. He has a number of charitable interests. Deputy Lieutenant of Kent 2001, OBE 2005 (services to Heritage), Hon. DCL Kent University, Hon.Fellow Southbank University.
Ann West MBE JP DL
Retired Deputy Headteacher; retired Magistrate, former Chairman of the North Kent Bench, represented the South East on the National Bench Chairmans` Forum; former Chairman of the IMB at Cookham Wood Prison; former International Service Project Co-ordinator; Guardian of Round Square (a group of over 70 schools worldwide).
Managing Director of Ward Security responsible for identifying, developing and directing the implementation of business strategy to continue the success of the Company through effective leadership and management.
A member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) ; Achieved the IOD Certificate in Company Direction in April 2004.
Named Kent Business Person of the Year in 2006.
A member of the Medway Business Awards Steering Group 2008 – 2010; A member of the Dartford and Gravesham Business Awards Steering Group 2009 – 2010; A member of the Young Dragons Steering Group 2009 – 2011; Chairman of The Headcorn Association of Trade. David was made a Kent Ambassador in 2015.
Managing Director of long established family furnishing company Gerald Lukehurst of Rainham and Sittingbourne and a Deputy Chairman of national furnishing buying group Minerva, based in Bath. Former chairman of Gillingham Football Club. Currently is president of Gore Court Cricket and Hockey Club and former county hockey player and a playing member of the M.C.C. A Freeman of the City of London and a Livery member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. An active Rotarian.
Alan Bates OBE BEd
Company Director, Anchor Signmakers. Chairman of The Chatham Historic Dockyard Volunteer Service. Trustee of AgeUK Medway.
Previously Director of External Affairs Lewisham College; Head of the School of Construction and the Built Environment Lewisham College; Royal Naval Port Auxiliary Officer Thames and Medway (Royal Naval Port Headquarters London). Senior Surveyor and Construction Contracts Manager E. Bayliss London.
Interests, gardening and rowing.
Louise Brenlund is an Associate at Brachers LLP in Employment & HR and acts for a number of significant public and private sector businesses. Having spent a year on secondment with a large public sector organisation two days per week this has given her an invaluable insight into working “in-house” with HR business partners, employees and managers, and enabled her to gain a thorough understanding of the issues and challenges that clients face on a daily basis.
Tim has recently joined our Steering Group and is a partner in the Maidstone office of Savills Smiths Gore and specialises in commercial property management, agency, valuation and development. In addition to working with urban and rural property, his experience encompasses historic buildings on mixed use estates, including those with a visitor attraction element. Tim’s clients include The Diocese of Rochester, The East Malling Trust and the Rochester Bridge Trust. Tim is also a trustee of two Kent based charities. Tim is an RICS registered valuer.