Sporting legends assemble for star-studded charity dinner
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson joins football legends Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper and Kevin Ball and new IoD chair Charlotte Valeur
Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is to head a stellar guest list for the North East’s biggest business event of the year.
Football legends Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper and Kevin Ball will also entertain guests at the Institute of Directors (IoD) Business Leaders’ Dinner at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on 4 April.
There will also be a keynote speech from the new chair of the IoD, Charlotte Valeur – one of the most influential figures in UK business.
The dinner is being staged in partnership with the Newcastle United Foundation and Foundation of Light and organisers hope to raise a significant amount of money to support their important work in local communities.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson competed at her first Paralympics in Seoul in 1988. Four years later she claimed victory in the London Wheelchair Marathon, the first of six wins over her career. At the Barcelona Paralympics she won four gold medals and became the first woman to break the 60-second barrier for 400m. More success followed at the 1996 Atlanta and the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. In 2015, she became a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Charlotte Valeur was appointed Chair of the IoD in September 2018. Originally from Copenhagen and speaking six languages, Charlotte is a specialist in corporate governance, founding and running her own advisory firm, the Global Governance Group. She is a keen advocate of diversity in the boardroom.
Steve Harper is the longest serving player in the history of Newcastle United, having been a professional goalkeeper at the club for 20 years. Steve is well respected throughout the North East not only for his football but also for his charity work with the Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation, The Oddballs Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Shola Ameobi spent 14 years at Newcastle United, making 397 appearances and scoring 79 goals. He made his Nigeria debut in 2012 and represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Shola is a patron of Newcastle United Foundation.
Kevin Ball was an important Sunderland player and club captain during the 90s. He was part of the Sunderland side that lifted the First Division title in 1996 and 1999. He was named Player of the Year in 1991 and 1997. Kevin now develops the footballing stars of tomorrow at the Academy of Light.
Dr Joanna Berry, Chair of the IoD in the North East, said: “I am delighted to be hosting an event that highlights so clearly how important it is that the North East business and sporting communities work together. Newcastle and Sunderland Community Foundations are excellent examples of outreach, collaborating with business in supporting those in need in their local communities. We are honoured and proud to support them both.”
Early bird prices start from £60.87 + VAT for members or £65.22 for non-members. Tables of 10 are available at a discounted rate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and has a Royal Charter to support, represent and set standards for business leaders.
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