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IoD Essex - Chair's Christmas Breakfast with Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards

14 Dec 2018
Braxted Park, Witham

The IoD Essex Chair, Christine Bhatt, is delighted to invite you to the IoD Essex Christmas Breakfast, to give you a great opportunity to join us for an exceptional breakfast, interesting conversation and fascinating speakers.

This year, in addition to our experts from the world of finance and economics who will be providing you with an economic forecast and chance to ask your questions, we will also be joined by Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, to tell us about the lessons he has learned in business.

For the first time, the Christmas Breakfast is being held at Braxted Park, managed by IoD member Alex Rayner and with a menu that will showcase Essex's finest food supplies.   

Our flagship event will give you the chance to meet with hundreds of Directors and Business leaders from across Essex and their guests, although spaces are limited so please contact us to book you and your guests places ASAP.

Please email or call John Granneman, Events and Branch Officer on 07527 769 532 to enquire about any remaining places. 

Key details

Date & time: 14 Dec 2018 07:30 - 10:30
Location: Braxted Park, Witham
CPD Hours:

Prices from

35.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Member
35.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Member Guest
45.00 GBP + VAT - Non-member
315.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Members/Guests Table of 10
405.00 GBP + VAT - Non-members table of 10

Event manager:
Mr John Granneman
Contact phone:
Contact email:


Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards

IoD Essex are delighted to be joined by Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, who was the first competitor to represent the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in Olympic Ski jumping. 

Eddies story is about overcoming adversity, defying the odds and not to take no for an answer –  you can achieve anything you want to as long as you put your mind too it. Talking about his journey, the setbacks he faced and how he overcame them, the lack of funding available and how he challenged the powers that be are  issues that most of us can relate to in business and Eddie's story  provides some important lessons and motivation for us all. 

Born in Cheltenham, England, Eddie was working as a plasterer when he qualified as the sole British applicant for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition. He had previously represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships, and was ranked 55th in the world.

Despite not being the best in the world, at the time of his Olympic entry, Eddie was the best ski jumper in Great Britain.

The odds were stacked against him: he weighed 9kg more than the next heaviest competitor; he lacked financial support for training and was totally self-funded; he was scared of heights; and he needed to wear his glasses at all times, which fogged up to such an extent while skiing that he could not see.

Eddie eventually finished last in both the 70m and 90m events - and his lack of success endeared him to people all across the globe: in 2016, he was portrayed by Taron Egerton in the biographical film Eddie the Eagle, and he remains one of the best loved athletes today. 

IoD Essex Event SpeakerPhil Eckersley

Phil Eckersley started with the Bank of England in 1987 having spent three years teaching economics and mathematics in SE London. After four years working as a statistician on money supply data, Phil moved to the management's accounts office in the Bank, providing detailed cost briefing to Governors and Directors. In 1994 Phil joined the Bank of England's agency network, between 1994 and 2002 acting as Deputy Agent in the South East & East Anglia moving on in 2002 to become Agent for Northern Ireland; then in October 2008 he was appointed to be the Agent in the South East & East Anglia.

Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, IoD

Allie’s work focuses on devising recommendations and representing the voice of members on EU policy matters to Westminster, Whitehall and European institutions. She provides the link between business and government on increasing international trade through practical and policy focused measures, as well as running a number of trade missions for IoD members around the world every year.

She routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels. 

Allie joined the IoD in April 2014. Prior to this, she was research director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK's relationship with the EU. Allie has previously advised a number of parliamentarians in both houses on EU legislative issues, with a focus on trade and employment policy areas.

Allie holds a master's degree in the political economy of emerging economies in the post-Soviet space.



Prices from

35.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Member
35.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Member Guest
45.00 GBP + VAT - Non-member
315.00 GBP + VAT - IoD Members/Guests Table of 10
405.00 GBP + VAT - Non-members table of 10


Bookings cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded
  • Braxted Park
  • Braxted Park Estate
  • Witham
  • CM8 3EN

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