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 2017 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.
|Wednesday 24th May
8am – 10am
|Business Guild Networking Breakfast
Chatham Historic Dockyard)
“Training in Kent”
Speaker : Mark Lumsdon-Taylor
|Wednesday 6th September
6.30 welcome Reception
|Business Guild Annual Dinner
Rochester Cathedral Crypt
After Dinner Speaker - Mr Rory Sutherland
will talk about "How to be Illogical -
Should be fun! Do join us if you can.
|Wednesday 21st June
6pm – 9.30pm
|Canterbury Christchurch University
at Medway Campus
“The Best in Kent
Innovation meets Business”
Speaker & Supper at Canterbury Christ Church University, Medway Campus. The evening will offer a drinks reception from 5.30pm followed by short talks from three very eminent professors.
Professor Helen James will talk about “The New Engineering Hub”; Professor Rahul Kanegaonkar will talk about the Innovation and development of an App for Healthcare; and finally Professor Anan Shetty will talk about Bio-Engineering and Stem Cell Regeneration.
We will be having a three course supper after the talks and you will have the opportunity to meet the speakers and to also have a look around the “Simulation Suite” (a replica hospital ward used for training). This event will finish by 9.30 and costs are just £35 per person.
All are welcome!
|Tuesday 25th July
6.30 to 8.30pm
|Business Guild Summer Event
Reception in the Lavender Fields
Business Guild members)
but open to all!
This event was postponed from 11th July due to bad weather.
|Thursday 14th September
8am – 10am
|Business Guild Breakfast
(Commissioners House, Dockyard)
“Exporting Kent” partnered by
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
Tudor Price, Head of Business Development at The KICC is our guest speaker.
|Tuesday 17th October
8am – 1pm
|Business Guild Annual Seminar
“The Best of Kent”
The Best of Kent
Click here for full Programme
The Commissioner’s House, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
17th October 2017
Rochester Cathedral Business Guild
Our grateful thanks go to The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for providing their venue once again.
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 Chaired Rochester Cathedral Council and is a Cathedral Trustee; a board member of Rochester Bridge Trust (1987 - 2017) and is a member of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust 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, Hon. Alderman Kent County Council.
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. David was made a Kent Ambassador in 2015.
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 Savills Smiths Gore 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.
Bruce has overall accountability for Perfectly Clear Marketing and account manages all aspects of client’s agreed Marketing strategy & media communications plans. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to add significant value to businesses, blending diligence, energy and enthusiasm with a professional entrepreneurial style. He has worked for numerous blue chip organisations, including Marks & Spencer, Asda, Unilever, Nestle, International Produce, and Wilkins Kennedy, both full time and as a consultant. His qualifications and memberships include: BSc Hons degree in Food Technology, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Marketer, Member of Institute of Directors and attending Manchester Business School.
Dr Sue Plummer
Principal Lecturer and Campus Director at the Medway campus of Canterbury Christ Church University, Sue is also Academic Supervisor to the postgraduate medical students and a PhD supervisor. She has been responsible for leading the curriculum, writing on many of the programmes run in the IMS.
Sue is also the lead for research within the IMS. She is a governor on the Council of Governors for the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, and is a member of the Council of Rochester Cathedral. She also has an honorary contract with a West Kent GP Practice where she runs a psychiatric assessment clinic for two sessions a month.
Her professional background is as a registered nurse in adult and mental health nursing. She has a BA in Nursing Education (Royal College of Nursing - University of Manchester); an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Nursing (Institute of Psychiatry - University of London); an MSc in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – University of London) and a PhD (Kings College – University of London).
The KM Group's award-winning business editor Trevor Sturgess retired after 26 years with the company to start his own management services business. He has worked on some of the biggest stories in Kent, including the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the UK's first high speed rail line between Kent and London St Pancras. Trevor is a school governor and a member of Kent Business School advisory board. He has raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in the annual London to Brighton Bike Ride for the past 10 years.
He has won numerous awards, including the 1992 BT Southern Business Journalist of the Year and Kent Journalist of the Year at the 1994 Shepherd Neame awards. In January this year he was recognised for his outstanding contribution to journalism at the Shepherd Neame awards.