ACT Annual Dinner 2016
09 November 2016
Grosvenor House Hotel, London
The ACT Annual Dinner is the premier networking event in the corporate finance calendar.
Taking place in the elegant surroundings of the Great Room at the Grosvenor House Hotel, this event provides you with a fantastic opportunity to network with your peers whilst enjoying a superb three course meal, fine wine and entertainment in one of the most prestigious venues in London.
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Rt Hon Lord (Sebastian) Coe KBE
Using his political skills, his strategic know-how and a true passion for sport, Lord Coe won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics in London. Seven years later the Prime Minister thanked him for “lifting our hearts” after organising the most successful Games of modern times. After the games Seb served as chairman of the British Olympic Association and is now President Elect of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Seb first made his name as one of the greatest athletes of his generation. He set twelve world records over four distances, achieving four golds and three silver medals in the Olympics and European Championships. He tells the story in his autobiography, Running My Life. Talking about the setbacks as well as victories, he shows how he beat the competition by facing down everything in training: “You don’t become a champion by turning up and hoping to get lucky.”
In speeches Seb takes audiences from his own on-track rivalries to the lessons learned from London - overseeing an enormous infrastructure and logistical exercise in one of the world's great cities. He highlights the need to build a resilient and dependable team, from a variety of backgrounds; to be seen to deliver on your vision (even while under constant scrutiny); and to communicate pre-emptively and leave nothing to chance. Above all, he underlines the age-old proposition that no amount of theorising replaces ‘the genius of hard work.’
Before he took on the Olympic role Seb served as an MP, a Government Whip and Private Secretary to William Hague - which provides a variety of anecdotes and insights. He also set up a chain of health clubs and acted as a global advisor to Nike. As incoming IAAF President, he faces new challenges and controversies with characteristic zeal, intelligence and diplomacy unpinned by his unwavering love of sport.
Seb was made a Life Peer, becoming Lord Coe of Ranmore, and has since been appointed a KBE. He received a BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named ‘Greatest Briton’ in the Morgan Stanley Awards. He also secured the 2017 World Athletics Championships for London. In this case it is only the third largest sporting event on the planet.
“Highly motivational for our sales team.” Zurich
“Seb’s content and delivery were truly inspirational. We have never seen such a universal and overwhelming reaction.” Deloitte
“It was enthralling. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.” Morgan Stanley
“Seb’s speech was outstanding, highly relevant to the issues we were debating.” De Beers
Running order for the evening (subject to change):
Drinks reception from 18.30
Dinner served 19.30
Bars close at 02.00
Dress code: black tie
Tables are made up of 10 places.
Half table: £1,725*
* 5 people sat together but we cannot guarantee who will be sitting on the remaining seats
** we cannot guarantee who you will be sat with (even if individual tickets are booked by the same company)
Past speakers include: