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Tony Hall – the role and relevance of the BBC

Dear Members,
Thank you to all those of you who joined us on Wednesday for what was a memorable evening. The ballroom at The Berkeley was packed full creating a great buzz, Tony Hall gave a passionate and entertaining speech about the role and relevance of the BBC followed by a lively Q&A. But the highlight of the evening was seeing and hearing the fabulous Nicola Benedetti play her 300-year-old Stradivarius – just for us. She was nothing short of mesmerising. Thank you to those who have already donated to her foundation – if you didn’t have cash on you on the night and would like to make a donation then you can do so at
I am delighted we have secured a very topical and relevant speaker for our April dinner – Damian Collins the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe. Damian was until recently the Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee. In this role he led the committee’s inquiries into fake news, doping in sport, football governance, homophobia in sport, and the impact of Brexit on the creative industries and tourism. Damian is also the Chairman of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network.
I hope you’ll be able to join us at The Berkeley on Wednesday April 1st for what should be a fascinating evening. You can book online or contact Clare.
Best wishes,

Kerris Bright
Chair 2019-2020