Flights of Fancy for May

May 3, 2016
Luzia Holloway

Luzia Holloway

What a superb turn out for our last month’s luncheon. As expected another splendid performance from Eddie Neylon, his wit and powerful delivery of facts witnessed during the fire on the ship named “Gothic” had us all in “flames”! Thanks to all members and guests for such a warm welcome given to Eddie Neylon on the day.

We really appreciated you taking the time to share your views on your preference of future speaker’s. We will announce the results during our May luncheon.

How interesting it was to hear Sandeep Sesodia’s version of the coincidences surrounding his business lunch with Hanna Vincent from Select World Travel.

Dominic Taylor of Portmore Insurance and our new member Joanne Clarke from Lester Aldridge Solicitors will give us their update following them winning the draw of the free lunch at the Chewton Glen. The concept of the lunch draw is to find out how two people can find possible business opportunities for each other when they have the opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.

Stephen Bath

Stephen Bath

Speaking about relationships, we would like to hear who is doing business with whom at the Executive Association Solent, I would like to encourage members to create opportunities for fellow members when possible and brag about it at our monthly luncheons!

Our next guest speaker on Friday 27th May is Stephen Bath. Former Managing Director of Bath Travel, former President of ABTA 2000-2003, and current Board Member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism. Don’t miss it.

Also coming up is our Sports Day with Croquet and Golf, and luncheon in June. More information to follow.

Our July speaker is from the Ministry of Defence who will be talking about “Cyber Attacks,” and how it can affect your business.

I am certainly looking forward to seeing you and your guests at our next luncheon on the 27th May


Luzia Holloway

About Stephen Bath

Fasten your seatbelts for this talk as it contains: “The occasional struggle for control of multi-million-pound projects.” That is the theme flying through Peter’s talk as he describes the business deals and battles he has had with his father.

For example Palmair, their Bournemouth based airline and why they took the risk of operating their own airliner and in doing so, became Britain’s most highly rated airline for 12 years


Then there are their Concorde operations from Bournemouth from 1996 to 2000, which involved getting permission to operate a British Airways Concorde from Boscombe Down runway on Salisbury Plain, a top secret air base, to New York, and was only curtailed by the Air France crash causing the aircraft to be withdrawn.

Or the chartering of a Boeing 747 Jumbo in 2002 which holds the honour of being the largest number of passengers ever to take off from Hurn in its history, 420, in a thunderstorm!

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