A Summer of Surprises

July 7, 2016

Summer's winners in sport

Dear Members

What an eventful month it has been!?

With British summer in full swing… and since we last met – Britain is out of the EU, sorry Scotland!

Our Prime Minister collecting his marbles, Boris Johnson and Farage quitting, not to mention the Chilcot Inquiry and the bashing on Tony Blair.

It looks like there is not one dull moment in our political life, no doubt it could be hysteria and an element of grieving but let’s be more confident on our abilities.

Oh no! England out of the Euro 2016 and after a gallant effort Wales too, having got so far in the competition. Well done Wales!!

But there were some winners…

Is hard to believe that this will be my last time to chair the meeting next Friday 15th July. However, I am looking forward to passing the baton to our next Chairman Katie Young at September’s handover lunch, whom I have no doubt will carry with commitment and pride.

June was not all about politics as we met for our annual Sports Day meticulously organised by our founder Stuart Percival and as I said on the day I found out that “croquet” is not to be eaten!!!

Stuart Percival presented the Golf winner's Trophy to Elke Burden

Stuart Percival presented the Golf winner’s Trophy to Elke Burden

We had some very happy winners with Matt Thomas winning the Croquet and Elke Burden winning the golf congratulations to them both. Plus we’re looking forward to hearing from our winners of the “Business Date Draw.”

winner of the Croquet Plate Matt Thomas of Portmore Life, sponsored by Keith Sansom of Keith Alexander who presented the new trophy.

Winner of the Croquet Plate Matt Thomas of Portmore Life, sponsored by Keith Sansom of Keith Alexander who presented the new trophy.

We have had a last minute change on our previous announced guest speaker due to a personal change of circumstances and will be announcing our guest speaker within the next few days in a separate letter from Tricia Percival your Co-ordinator.

Meanwhile I am looking forward to see you all on the 15th July.

Luzia Holloway

Our Guest Speaker


Speaking to us this meeting is Andy Miles, an inspirational Plc. Director with over 20 years’ experience in both FTSE 100 and SME companies. He’s managed over £200 million P&L for a major Telecoms company, driven performance at a host of smaller private firms, and even implemented new technologies with the British Transport Police.

A well-known figure in Hampshire’s Chamber of Commerce networking scene, Andy’s experience covers sales, operations, technical and business transformation. He advises at board level, ensuring businesses have the right technology and strategy in place to succeed.

Always hands-on, he challenges the status quo so clients get the highest levels of service from suppliers and the best contractual terms. Andy is a member of both the Information Systems Section Association (ISSA) and other key Information Security forums.

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