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.
It looks like the Alumni Annual Lunch is now a permanent feature in the Devonshire House Events Programme. There were about twenty at this Alumni lunch – slightly less than in previous years – and which may well also be a permanent feature from now on!
An interesting innovation, this time, was the idea of inviting whoever was interested, to say a few words – max 4 minutes each – about anything they liked! A fair number responded to this offer and it proved a fitting way of catching up with a broad variety of professional and personal stories of the past year.
From the good feedback, it was another varied, nostalgic and highly enjoyable trip down memory lane – characterised by some seriously useful post-mainstream-career stories from people with much to give.
And now …………. there’s next year to look forward to.