We are pleased to invite all businesses our new Chamber Annual Dinner event.
This evening event will include a welcome drink on arrival and a two course meal, an abundance of networking opportunities, an update from the Chamber Team and the chance to hear from our inspirational Guest Speaker Major Phil Ashby.
Joining the Royal Marines at the age of 17, Phil was sponsored to read Engineering at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he was awarded the Commando Medal as top student at the end of Officer Training and, at 28, he became the youngest officer to be made Major in the British Armed Forces. One of Phil’s most memorable missions was in Sierra Leone, where he had enlisted himself to join UN peacekeepers. Arriving in the conflict-ridden country as rebel forces were re-starting the civil war, the lives of Phil and his UN co-workers were put into grave danger when a local warlord turned on them. They were taken hostage and, after days of being brutally held captive, Phil led a daring plan to help the group escape through the jungle to be met by the British Army. Phil was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his incredible demonstration of ‘Coolness, Courage and Leadership’. His experience in Sierra Leone was chronicled in his best-selling autobiography and documented in a one-hour episode of ‘Banged Up Abroad’. Although safely back in the UK, Phil had picked up a spinal virus; paralysed from the waist down, he was forced to re-evaluate his professional life when front-line soldiering became impossible. He has since made a full recovery and is able to pursue his love of rock climbing.