President’s Evening 2017

Kindly sponsored by Shell and Nexen

14th December 2017

Event phone: +44 (0)20 7408 2000

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Thank you for coming!

It was wonderful to see so many of you turn out for the President’s Evening resulting in a sell out! The first in a good many years.

The evening was buzzing to say the least and made all the merrier by our new President Neil Frewin and Past President Nick Terrell sporting some jolly jingling reindeer antlers.

For those of you lucky enough to win one of the fantastic raffle prizes well done, and thank you to all who took part. The task of filling those fantastic hampers was taken on by Ann Watkins our Vice President, who also saw the whole thing through from start to finish and for that we are truly grateful. What a success and a great addition to the evening.

The Young Professionals also added a touch of quirky entertainment with a ‘hook a duck’ game which was very well received – there was a lot of laughter coming from the edge of the pond.

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors Shell and Nexen for stepping in to support the evening and ensure that the event didn’t run at a loss. We were very relieved that we managed to break even on the day which was no mean feat.

Those that have been in the Society for a few years will remember the parties of free-flowing drinks in the Tate, the Science Museum or London Transport Museum. The team are often asked why the Presidents Evenings aren’t like that anymore.  Its not because we have Scrooges on Council (despite rumours to the contrary), its because the amount of sponsorship available to support these events is much harder to secure now.

During the industry downturn we have struggled to secure the sponsorship at previous levels and for this reason the President’s Evening is still a great evening but without the high profile (and expensive) venue and free bar. However, this recent sell out is extremely encouraging, we have had some wonderful feedback from those that attended and it’s great to see that our members recognise the value of it and can party like demons even without a free bar!

We are excited to see where the next few years take us and please book early to avoid disappointment.

The search for a suitable venue for this year is underway, please check back on this web page in a few months time for updates.

Photos of the evening

Thank you to everybody who came, we hope you enjoyed the evening!


Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to our kind sponsors Shell and Nexen


Venue Information

Venue information

Venue name:

De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms

Venue phone:

020 8616 8008

Venue address:

61-65 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DA, United Kingdom

Five minutes from Covent Garden and Holborn tube stations and 30 minutes’ walk or short taxi ride from Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston train stations, the venue is well-connected for all major London transport links. Heathrow Airport is an hour away by rail or road.

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