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 2015 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 first of our networking breakfasts this year at The Commissioner's House, Historic Dockyard, Chatham is on 11th February and our speaker is Andy Martin on behalf of London Resort Holdings who will talk about the London Paramount project. Our grateful thanks go to The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for providing this venue once again.
Our second breakfast is on 13th May with speak Joss Croft, Marketing Director of Visitbritain. The subject is "The benefits to business from visitors".
The Business Guild 8th Annual Dinner will be held on 3rd June. We are very fortunate to have as our guest speaker Lord Condon, former Chief Constable of Kent and Metropolitan Commissioner. His speech is entitled "A Life of Crime"
Our Summer Members events will be a Garden Party in Kings Orchard. This July date is to be confirmed.
The 9th September sees a further Breakfast at The Commissioners House. Thomson Snell & Passmore will lead at this event and the subject will be "Protecting the Crown Jewels - Legal Prevention and Legal Cure"
Our 6th Annual Seminar is scheduled for 14th October and the theme will be "College and University - Change and Challenge"
In partnership with Abigails Footsteps we will be presenting a fabulous "Land of Hope and Glory" concert on 16th October in the Cathedral Nave hosted by Cheryl Baker. Performing will be The Kent Sinfonia Orchestra, a 45 piece orchestra of international acclaim; The Ruby Chorus Choir are a 40 piece choir based in Tenterden consisting of a mixture of professional and amateur singers who perform to very high standards under the musical direction of Ms Maxine Wilson; Faryl Smith, a British teen mezzo-soprano who rose to fame after appearing on the second series of the talent show Britain's Got Talent in 2008; the tenor Jonathan Ansell, one of the UK’s most admired young tenors. He has sold over 2 million albums and shot to fame on the first ever series of The X Factor in 2004 where he was part of pop-opera group G4, came second and went on to top the charts with 3 albums and four sell out tours. Jonathan has gone on to release three solo albums; Katie Marshall is 14 years old and at a very young age showed a talent for singing classical music. She has been having classical singing lessons since she was 6 years old and her voice coach is the opera singer Julie Unwin. Our host for the evening will be Cheryl Baker, famously a member of Bucks Fizz. This promises to be an amazing evening so do come along and join us for excellent entertainment and some flag waving! This concert is being co presented by Abigail’s Footsteps, a local charity set up by David and Jo Ward after the tragic still birth of their daughter Abigail. The profit from the nights show will be shared between Abigail’s Footsteps who are fundraising for a bereavement suite at Medway Hospital and The Rochester Cathedral Music Endowment.
Christmas Carols with Rochester Cathedral Choir
Our last concert event for the year will be The Rochester Cathedral Choir, conducted by our Director of Music Mr Scott Farrell, in the Nave of the Cathedral performing The Messiah & Carols for All. This is a fund raising concert in aid of the Music Endowment. Tickets available from the Development Office as above. This will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th December 2015.
We finish the year for our members with a Christmas drinks reception before our very popular Christmas Carol Service on 21st December.
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.
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 Smiths Gire 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.