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IoD North Yorkshire Annual Dinner 'Burns Night'

23 Jan 2020
Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!

Join us for a Burns Night themed evening at Rudding Park, Harrogate. Network with business leaders over drinks and dinner at the fabulous Rudding Park.

?As the event is near full capacity, please contact to book. 

Key details

Date & time: 23 Jan 2020 19:00 - 23:00
Location: Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate
CPD Hours:

Prices from

70.00 GBP + VAT - Member ticket
85.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member ticket
500.00 GBP + VAT - Table special rate
650.00 GBP + VAT - Member table of 10
800.00 GBP + VAT - Non member table of 10

Event manager:
Ms Helena Drake
Contact phone:
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Classically themed to mark the birthday of the Scottish bard, Robert Burns, our evening will acknowledge that ‘Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race’ but we will not be following the traditional Burns night menu. Though it must be said the pipes will still sound at what promises to be a fabulous evening.

Held in the splendour of Rudding Park Hotel’s Radcliffe Suite, the dinner will be addressed by our new Director General Jon Geldart. We will also be joined by Yorkshire businesswoman Judith Donovan, CBE, our guest speaker for the evening.

Our compère for this black-tie event will be Charles Runcie, former Head of BBC Sport, and entertainment will be provided by Soul Sensation singer Cris Quammie.

Dress code: Black tie and Kilts


jon geldartJonathan Geldart, Director General, IoD

Jonathan has spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International Ltd, where he served on the global board prior to becoming responsible for the organisation's interests in China. Earlier this year he appeared in front of the House of Commons International Trade Committee to give evidence on the Government’s efforts to increase trade with the country.

Jonathan lives in Yorkshire and combines his international experience with a long-standing connection with the IoD’s Yorkshire and North East region of which he was Chair until his appointment as Director General. As Director General, Jon works closely with the Board and focused on delivering the Institute’s strategy of ‘closer to members’. 

Judith Donovan CBE, DIY Direct Marketing

Judith Donovan CBE and Fellow of the IoD (FIoD) was one of the first female entrepreneurs in Yorkshire, founding her own marketing agency in 1982, which she grew to over 50 staff and a turnover of £12.5 million, before selling to her managers in 2000. Since then she has pursued a non-executive career.

Some of her current roles include: Trustee of the Science Museum Group and the National Army Museum, Chair of the Advisory Board at the National Science and Media Museum and Chair of Ripon Cathedral Council, Keep Me Posted and Royal Mail’s Strategic Mailing Partnership, Member PAF (Postcode Address File) Advisory Board, Member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Chair of their National Park Tourism Partnership, and their Audit Committee.

Previously she has been, among others, Chair of the Eden Project Ltd, Chair of Royal Mail’s Letters Advisory Board, Chair of the Yorkshire Tourist Board, President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, a Millennium Commissioner and a Director of HSE and the BIG Lottery Fund.



Prices from

70.00 GBP + VAT - Member ticket
85.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member ticket
500.00 GBP + VAT - Table special rate
650.00 GBP + VAT - Member table of 10
800.00 GBP + VAT - Non member table of 10


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  • Rudding Park Hotel
  • Rudding Lane
  • Follifoot
  • Harrogate
  • HG3 1HB

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