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 2013 brochure here for more information on the Guild and how you and your business can join for only £200 per year.
The Dean of Rochester, The Very Revd Dr Mark Beach said "Both the input from speakers and the conversation between members make Business Guild events a lively affair. I have enjoyed making new contacts and hope to welcome you to some events in 2013".
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.
We are now into our calendar of Business Guild events for 2013 and are very pleased to advise that the date of the Annual Dinner is Wednesday 17th April 2013. This is a very special event that is held in the Cathedral Crypt, a very atmospheric setting and will be one of the last events held in the Crypt before renovations begin.
We are delighted that our guest speaker for the evening will be Sir Robert Worcester.
Tables of 8 are available at £550 with a discount available to Business Guild members. Individual places are £75. The evening will start at 6.30pm with a Champagne Reception before dinner at 7.30pm. To book your place please contact Lynne Bax in the Development Office on 01634 810074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other dates to diarise are the Annual Seminar on 18th September at The Commissioner's House, Historic Dockyard, Chatham and our grateful thanks go to The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for providing this venue.
We have two very special concerts planned for the year. The first one is on Saturday 29th June when Rochester Cathedral Trust and The Institute of Directors proudly present
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir
We are very grateful to our headline sponsor Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers
We would also like to thank The Institue of Directors for their partnership in this event.
The second event is the opening night of a very special tour featuring the Worship singer Nathan Jess and "The Ugandan Fields of Life Choir".
Our generous sponsors for this event are Thomson Snell & Passmore to whom we are very grateful.
For more tickets and more information on both of these events please contact The Development Office on 01634 810074 or email email@example.com
The 9th May will be the date for our next Breakfast meeting, but in addition to the breakfast Brachers LLP will be providing a Workshop entitled "Behind the Scenes of Social Media - Do you know the legal risks?"
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.