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IoD Essex & IoD Hertfordshire were Flying High with EHAAT

06 Sep 2018
IoD Essex herts air ambulance gala

IoD Essex and IoD Hertfordshire, in collaboration with the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) were delighted to invite IoD members and guests to our exclusive ‘Flying to New Heights’ evening at North Weald Airfield on Thursday 6th September 2018 to coincide with the 100 years celebration of the RAF.

The event was held in a functioning hangar on the airfield, spectacularly decorated and with a number of vintage aircraft on display, along with the star of the show EHAAT’s AgustaWestland 169. After being greeted and presented with a glass of champagne, guests were able to take to the skies in our flight simulator experience before being seated for a delicious three-course meal with wine.

Our MC for the evening was David Whiteley, presenter of BBC's Inside Out and who manged our exciting auction with prizes including a visitor tour of EHAAT's Airbase along with a chance to meet some of the EHAAT crew, PLUS a helicopter flight in a Robinson R66 or up to three people, PLUS a trip to Italy for two people for two nights including flights, transfers in Italy and hotel accommodation with breakfast, a VIP tour of the Leonardo Helicopters factory and a helicopter flight for two people over the Italian lakes – with thanks to Leonardo Helicopters.

The highlight of the evening was our special after dinner speaker Mandy Hickson, who was only the second woman to fly an RAF Tornado GR4 on the frontline and who completed three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq. Mandy drew on her experiences to inspire us all, covering decision making, communication and leadership.

The evening can perhaps be best described by the words of some of our guests;

'it was a tremendous event and incredibly well organised. The hanger was "dressed" expertly with superb use of lighting, the champagne kept flowing, the period musicians were brilliant as was the food and the guest speaker quite riveting. All my guests were very impressed and had a fantastic time. A great evening, congratulations to the IoD and EHAAT !' David Cooper, CEO, Walden Capital

'Many thanks for a great evening on Thursday last week. So well organised and fantastic speakers /guests. What a set-up, not to forget the decorations and the meal was excellent !! Again, many thanks for the invite and what a wonderful night !' Graham Bird, Head of Global Sales, RDT

The IoD and the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance wish to thank RSM, Hampden & Co and SAS for kindly sponsoring the event.


IoD Essex has two events coming up in October. Find out more below

Networking Event at P & A Wood

New Mastermind Group

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