The Devonshire House Management Club which was wound up in 2013 after over 35 very successful years was succeeded by Devonshire House Network.
In response to requests from former members, Paul Williams, who had been Chairman of the Devonshire House Management Club for a number of years and Sue Morris, who had been the Administration Director, agreed to organise an annual lunch for long-standing Club members who just wanted to stay in touch rather than operate as mainstream members of DHN. The very successful inaugural lunch took place on April 1st 2014 at the Charing Cross Hotel in London. About fifty members and former members attended and many happy memories were revisited and friendships re-kindled. A second lunch was held on May 11th 2015. A third lunch took place on May 13th 2016 – at which about 30 former members were present – including about 10 who had become regular attendees at the successor club – the Devonshire House Network.
Charles Russam , Managing Director of DHN, was also very pleased to be there, admiring the multiple trips down memory lane and the many friendships that had their roots in business professionals seeking the sort of new insights that come from exchanging ideas, thoughts, information and opinions in a confidential environment with like-minded senior business leaders.
We are pleased to announcing that the Devonshire House Management Club Alumni Annual Lunch 2017 will be held, as usual, at the Charing Cross Hotel – now renamed the AMBA Hotel The date is Wednesday 15.11.17 – at 1pm. Drinks will be served from 12 noon.
As you may recall, Paul Williams and Sue Morris organised the first DHMC lunch in 2014 – and did the same in 2015 and 2016 – and I am delighted to pick up the baton for 2017 – now later in the year than before.
Sue Morris gave me access to her old DHMC emailing list – there will be some names that are incorrect – for whatever reasons – and there are many names that are on the current DHN list – so these might be emailed again through our normal channels. But if there is anyone we have missed off -or if there is anyone else who would like to join us – please do get in touch with us. There may well be some room!
For your information, the DHN “Product” for 2018 is set out on http://www.devonshirehousenetwork.co.uk/our-event-streams/ – which includes the Alumni Annual Lunch as a permanent feature. For now, that is!
What we also thought might appeal to many is the idea of inviting whoever is interested, to say a few words – max 4 minutes each – 5 names drawn out of a hat from those who tell us that they would like to say something. Subject matter would be anything you like! But what is likely to be of most interest to everyone is what you’ve been doing since last year. If you’ve been doing very little, that obviously you might not need the full 4 minutes – but you might have something else of interest to say!
The ticket price has been increased slightly by the hotel and is £55 which includes VAT. From their new menus, the food looks excellent and the wine – before, during and, maybe, afterwards is included.
We do hope you can join us – as you will see, we’re using Eventbrite to process the bookings.