‘Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind’ – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Last month, there was a flurry of ideas at the first meeting of our newly formed Advisory Board. Comprising an influential group of leaders, each member of this new Board has been invited to champion The Supper Club in their networks and offer strategic advice on its development.
Convening over a sumptuous breakfast at The Wolseley, the Board brought a range of perspectives on our plans for the Club – from helping members to build their profile as speakers and press commentators in thought leadership campaigns, to creating more opportunities to engage with corporates.
The scale, scope and influence of The Supper Club – and the value it can deliver to entrepreneurial leaders – will grow substantially. Here are some of the members we’ll be working with this year:
Simon Devonshire OBE is Entrepreneur in Residence for BEIS, drawing upon his insight into digital entrepreneurship and innovation to influence enterprise policy. Simon co-founded Wayra Europe, Telefonica’s business accelerator, through which he and his team invested in 234 fast-growth digital businesses in three and a half years. Simon will be joining us for dinner during London Tech Week on 13th June.
Claire Cockerton, founder & CEO of Plexal, specialises in tech clusters and startup eco-systems and previously founded Innovate Finance and Level 39. Claire has launched Here East to offer entrepreneurial education, business services, mentoring and events to the start-up community that The Supper Club is looking to support in 2017.
Martin McCourt grew Dyson to a billion in sales as CEO. He now advises and chairs a range of businesses, from Venture Founders and The Learning Curve Group to Glen Dimplex Group. Martin brings a wealth insight on all aspects of scale to The Supper Club which he recently shared with members at a very popular dinner.
Parveen Dhanda is Head of Tech City UK’s Future Fifty, a powerful network of the UK’s fastest growing tech companies including Skyscanner, Farfetch, and Swiftkey. Parveen set up The Hangout and now helps the C-Suite of Britain’s fastest growing digital companies to scale. Parveen and the Future Fifty will support our thought leadership around funding, tech and talent this year.
Irene Graham is CEO of the Scale Up Institute, which is supported by The Supper Club as a Programme Partner. Former MD of the British Bankers Association and leader of the Business Finance Taskforce that became the Business Growth Fund, Irene has great insight into funding and all aspects of scale.
Check out the full line up of the Advisory Board, and look out for dinners and other events they will be joining us for in 2017.