The Chairman, Lord Bilimoria, and the Organising Committee request the pleasure of your company at the Annual Dinner of the Hawks’ Club at The Savoy, London.
- Guest of Honour: John Pritchard
- Venue: The Savoy, Strand, London, London WC2R 0EU (River Entrance)
- Date: Wednesday 11th December 2019
- Complimentary Cobra Beer: From 7.00pm
- Dinner: 8.00pm in the Lancaster Room
- Dress Code: Black Tie
John is the founder and Executive Chairman of Helix Management Services. After graduating in Law from Cambridge University, John trained with Allen & Overy before moving to Salomon Brothers, both in New York and London.
He has been involved in the management consultancy and search industry for over 20 years and founded HMS in 1992 as a specialist legal and banking search consultancy.
John is also a sportsman. He competed successfully in two Olympic Games as well as several World and European championships as a rower. In 1980 he was a crew member of the British eight which won the Olympic silver medal. In 1981, he won a silver medal at the World Rowing Championships in Munich. He also participated in three university Boat Races for Cambridge University. Among other non-day jobs, he has broadcast on TV and radio on sport and was the UK Chairman of the international charity ‘Right to Play’ of which he is now Chairman Emeritus. John was a director of the British Olympic Association for the six years prior to the 2012 London Games.
John rowed the length of the Mississippi river in 2014 (2,320 miles) and raised over $2,540,000 for the charity Right to Play. John then wrote a book ‘The Great River Rowed based on the expedition blog which was published in December 2018.
He was President of the Hawks’ Club and is Chair of the Club’s development board and Director of the Hawks’ Club Ltd. He was appointed Chairman of the Cambridge University Alumni Advisory Board, the Steering Committee, and Nominations Committee of Cambridge University in January 2014 and is now Emeritus Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School and Chair of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.
Lord Karan Bilimoria
Karan Bilimoria is the founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer, a Joint Venture with the global brewers Molson Coors. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge.
He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School.
He is a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain.
In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.
He is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 Squadron, Royal Air Force. In June 2019, he was appointed Vice President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
He played Polo for Cambridge and organised and led the first Cambridge University Polo Club tour to India in 1988. He was a member of the Cambridge University Clay pigeon shooting team and rowed and played squash for Sidney Sussex College. He is a keen tennis player and an avid scuba-diver (not a Varsity sport!).
Wines: please purchase BEFORE the dinner, in the same area where the complimentary Cobra is served, so that the waiters and waitresses can progress with serving the food.
Wine Service Charge: we would like to make you aware The Savoy includes a 10% ‘discretionary’ service charge on all wine purchases. This charge is immediately added to your bill but can be removed if you ask the Savoy sales staff when making your purchase. You would then be free to tip your waiter at the table.
Event LocationThe Savoy Hotel (River Entrance)