How We Operate

Delivered primarily through our broad range of high-level Speaker Events, Director Forums, Panel Debates/ Discussions, Information dissemination and peer-to-peer networking, our Members and Members’ guests discover more about organisations and how the effectiveness of their people can be nurtured and grown.

We want to influence decision makers, regulatory bodies and government where necessary and to build the website as a repository of quality information and advice on selected topical business issues.

  • Our Events provide an opportunityto meet high profile speakers and share informed and stimulating perspectives.
  • Held at central London locations, starting at 6pm and always finishing promptly at 9pm with many lingering on in various conversations.
  • Our style is friendly and professional.
  • We pride ourselves on the warmth of our welcome, the conviviality of our events and our friendly yet professional approach.
  • Our speakers are drawn from a broad range of areas, including business, politics, the media, religion, the arts and public service. They aim to challenge, inform and stimulate debate and discussion with members.
  • We are keen to encourage and support membersin meeting other members and interacting with our Partner Organisations, Sponsors and Organisations with who we have reciprocal arrangements.
  • We are keen to develop Professional Alliances …… an instinctive focus on the human side of Enterprise. In many ways, this phrase, which was an integral part of the constitution of The Devonshire House Management Club when it was established over forty years ago, still lies very much at the heart of The Devonshire House Network – but with contemporary interpretations.

Please look at our Speaker Programme for the current year and previous years.

Upcoming Events Here

Past Event Here

You will see that we have a rich, long, proud and privileged heritage of hearing what the best in the land have to say about organisations and people. In fact – all about “…. instinctive focus on the human side of Enterprise.”

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Director Forums

Director Forums are working, live and creative groups focused on a key business issue.  Director Forums will achieve their ambition through the website and its mix of Inform-Research-Stimulate activities and a working source of thought leadership/original thinking on this topic.

Typically, each Event will take place between 5pm and 7pm or, sometimes,  between 12noon and 2pm in a central London location. Director Forums are ideally suited to Directors – or their Advisors – looking for a short, sharp immersion in a key issue in the company of others with similar interests.

Working Free Ltd

We work closely with Working Free. Working Free Ltd is a specialist career advisory business supporting senior Director-level executives coming off the permanent payroll into an independent working lifestyle and wonder what to do next – including those who don’t have to do anything next.  If this is you, please also have a look at with which DHN has a Reciprocal Agreement.

A key aim of DHN is to seek to harness our collective and individual levels of knowledge, perception and understandings acquired and generated through DHN for the benefit of those who come under our influence in the workplace, whether this is for the benefit of the organisation or the individuals within. 

Summing Up ………..we think that the ideal success formula for any organisation in this sector is a good mix of:- 

  • Great Speakers – and having the number and quality of attentive listeners interested in the topic to make their trip worthwhile.
  • A good and attractive central London location which is easy to get to.
  • Good food.
  • Knowing you’ll meet up again with people you know and like being with.
  • Looking forward to meeting some new same level contacts.
  • Attentive, friendly and supportive event management.

This is what we at Devonshire House seek to achieve. Every time. All the time

People join Devonshire House for a range of reasons – mostly commercial.    A nicety that reflects our style is this quaint mantra – “We are all open for business but being spotted selling is seen as bad manners”!