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FULLY SUBSCRIBED: January Event: A Bank of Experience

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 18:00 to 20:30

Venue : Crathorne Hall, Crathorne, Near Yarm, TS15 0AR

For our first event of 2019 we are pleased to have teamed up with The Experience Bank.

Our friend, Caroline Theobald CBE of The Bridge Club, will be 'In Conversation with... with Peter Neal, Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member of The Experience Bank, a free to access network of high quality business leaders, committed to supporting other organisations.

The discussion will be followed by an Airport update by Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen.

There are limited places for this event so early booking is recommended.

Running order for the evening is as follows:

6.00pm Registration with Tea/Coffee, light supper and open networking
6.30pm Welcome and introduction from TVBC
6.40pm Caroline Theobald CBE, In Conversation with Peter Neal of The Experience Bank
7.20pm Update from Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen
7.40pm Business Card Exchange and Networking
8.30pm Event close

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Attendance to this event is without charge for members and eligible guests*. Please bring plenty of business cards.

What is the Experience Bank?

  • A free to access, proprietary, peer-reviewed network of high quality, business leaders committed to supporting other organisations in a non-executive or informal advisory capacity.
  • An independent, business-led, not-for-profit organisation conceived and overseen by business leaders for business leaders.
  • A safe and accessible place for business owners to engage with vetted Non-Executive Directors and Mentors.
  • Development of the next generation of Non-Executive leadership talent.

The Experience Bank's Mission is to:

  • Play a lead role in supporting the ambition and growth aspirations of SMEs (private, family, social enterprise and charity) across the North of England.
  • Champion the value of Non-Executive Directors and Mentors.
  • Continuously develop and provide access to a proprietary cohort of board level directors – a unique, high quality, peer-reviewed pool of leadership talent.
  • Acknowledged as an independent, trusted partner and facilitating confidante to all members.

About Peter Neal

As Head of the Strategic Talent service at UNW LLP, Peter works closely with key stakeholders of private and family businesses, corporates, charities and social enterprises.

He helps them build strong and successful leadership teams by finding the right people at the right time.

For more than 20 years he's carefully curated the most extensive network of Executive and Non-Executive Directors, business owners, investors and other stakeholders across the private, public, social enterprise and charity sectors in the North East of England.

Peter's particular strengths are:

• Executive Search "Building Backable Boards"
• Difficult, sensitive and critical role recruitment 
• Strategic talent sourcing for early stage enterprises and scaleups
• Making connections to provide solutions and create opportunities
• Off-market corporate finance deal origination
• Promoting excellent standards of corporate governance

He has a keen interest in supporting ambitious private and family businesses, having over 25 years of experience working successfully for and with entrepreneurs, investors and their leadership teams.

He is a Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member of The Experience Bank and a Referral Partner for Scaleup North East.

To give back to the community in which he lives and works, he has been a Trustee of several local charities and is currently a Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair of the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

About Caroline CBE

Caroline Theobald is a southerner who moved up to the North East in the late 1980s. She founded Bridge Club Ltd in 2000 as a private company with a mission to ‘champion, foster, and accelerate enterprise and entrepreneurship’. This work now continues through FIRST Face to Face.

Bridge Club Ltd has introduced thousands of people to like-minded individuals and given them access to a wealth of contacts. These connections have resulted in successful partnerships, lucrative contracts and a whole host of other business benefits. In order to refresh the brand and make it more relevant to young entrepreneurs, FIRST Face to Face Ltd was formed with Charlotte Windebank in 2014 to pioneer young person led networking, with a young woman (Charlotte) at its helm.

In 2007, Caroline accepted a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for the work she continues to do in harnessing the enterprising capital of young people and business owner/managers. She was awarded a CBE for services to business and entrepreneurship in 2016. She sits on the boards of several early-stage and growing companies, is the co-founder of Gabriel Investors LLP and the Northern Initiative for Business Ethics and the chairman of International Newcastle. She is also the independent chairman of the BQ Live debates that take place around the country.

Caroline has been the Honorary Consul for Sweden since 2007 and since her induction into the role has worked on strengthening business and cultural relationships between the UK and Sweden. In recognition of that she was made the honorary chairman of the north east chapter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and now has the satisfaction of seeing the formalisation of ‘Creative Links’ a formal commitment to collaborate between north east England and region Vastra Gotaland. 

About Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor


Guest bookings for this event have been fully subscribed. We enable six guests to attend each of our events. If you have not attended one of our events in the past, and would like to come to an event to find out if the club is something you would like to be part of, you will be able to register your place on a future event, please get in touch for further information. All places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

*Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before making a commitment to apply to join the club.