Gala Dinner – January 24th, 2019

This is  the industry night of the year where 500+ professionals gather to celebrate putting their people at the heart of their business.

This year’s event is held at Twickenham Stadium.

Gala Agenda

Dress code – Black Tie

Registration – The Live Room (South Stand)
Champagne Reception – 5.45pm
Dinner & Awards Ceremony – 6.30pm
Party & Live Entertainment – 9.30pm
Carriages – 12:30am

The entrance to the Live Room for the drinks reception is advised via ‘The Live Room’ doors in the South Stand on Whitton Road and entering The Live Room Foyer.

The Venue & Invite – Twickenham Stadium

Welcome to Twickenham Stadium, the Home of England Rugby. Seating an impressive 82,000 spectators, Twickenham is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world. Twickenham is also a very versatile venue. When the England boys and the Aviva Premiership finalists take time off, the stadium opens its doors to some of the finest musical talents around. The likes of U2, R.E.M, Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones have all performed here over recent years.

Most importantly though, in January 2019 it will host the top workplaces across the UK & Europe.

We will see you there!

Your host – Edith Bowman

Broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman has been working in TV and radio for nearly 20 years.

She has a diverse body of work – from fronting music festival coverage and hosting The BAFTA Scotland Awards, to travelling to Cambodia to make a BBC documentary on endangered Crocodiles.

Her knowledge and passion for music and film, which stem from being a genuine fan, have seen her incorporate both extensively into all that she does – she has broadcast radio shows on BBC Radio 1, 2, 5, 6 & Scotland.

She is currently the host of the Virgin Radio UK Breakfast Show and is Music Editor at ELLE Magazine. As an author, Edith Bowman’s Great British Music Festivals was published in 2015 and she won her first TV commission from Sky Arts to produce the documentary Songs To Have Sex To.

Your Entertainment – London Party Band

“In line with celebrating talent and the great work of engaging our people, international entertainment agency ‘Global Acts’ has organised an extremely exciting series of performances for us. On arrival, guests will be welcomed with the warm, soothing sounds of our New York Jazz Trio. These talented musicians have shared the stage with jazz legends such as Jamie Callum and Jools Holland and have performed for audiences all over the world.

We all like to party, and nobody does it better than the famous LDN party band. This group will be fronted by the enigmatic Jaz Ellington, (star of the Voice, BBC) and the popular ‘Grace Walker’ (star of the west end). The band is made up of Londons finest session musicians who have worked for the likes of Elton John, Craig David, Macy Gray, Sugababes, Kelly Rowland and Spandal Ballet. They are highly energetic and pride themselves on being the most in-demand session band in the UK. If you want to party the night away, you are in good hands.”

Dinner Menu



Braised and pressed ham hock

Pineapple, potato, truffle emulsion

Confit tomato, basil, mascarpone terrine (v)

Pickled vegetables, caper berries, toasted hazelnut crumb, pear


Dry aged rib of beef

Confit garlic and desiree layered potatoes, roasted butternut, parsnip

Smoked beetroot risotto (v)

Fried tofu, artichoke crisp


White chocolate and Cassis cheesecake

Chocolate cremeaux, blackcurrant gel, white chocolate powder

We cannot provide a gluten free meal. In order to label a food as ‘gluten free’ it must contain no more than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. However we will provide a meal with ‘no gluten containing ingredients’ (NGCI for short). The dish will be prepared in the same kitchen which produces all of our menu items therefore not a complete gluten free environment. If you could please advise the guests of this and any problems please do let me know.


Location & Directions

The Live Room (South Stand – to the left of the Marriot hotel)
Twickenham Stadium
Whitton Road


Complimentary parking is available in the West car park which is accessed via the entrance on Rugby Road. Please see map attached. The entrance to the Live Room for the drinks reception is advised via ‘The Live Room’ doors in the South Stand on Whitton Road and entering The Live Room Foyer.

By Train/London Underground

The nearest train station is Twickenham, which is a short walk from the stadium. Turn right out of the station, and then continue down Whitton Road. Regular trains run to Twickenham from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Ascot and Windsor & Eton Riverside.

Other stations in the vicinity of the stadium are Whitton, St Margarets and Hounslow.

The London Overground service also runs from Richmond to North London and Stratford.

The nearest Underground stations are Hounslow East for the Piccadilly Line, and Richmond for the District Line.


If the weather makes the short walk uncomfortable, there will be taxis at Twickenham Station and Uber operates in the area too.

By Bus

The buses 281, 267, 481, 681 and H20 each have regular services which pass close to the stadium.
Alternatively take the R68, R70, 33, 110, 290, H22 or 490 to Twickenham town centre – the stadium is a 10-15 minute walk.

By Road

Twickenham Stadium is on the northern side of the A316 into London. From the M25, exit J12 onto the M3. This becomes the A316 and Twickenham Stadium is off the Whitton Road roundabout next to the Lexus/Toyota car dealership. From London, turn right off the A316 at Whitton Road roundabout. Please arrive EARLY to avoid congestion and temporary road closures prior to the event

Check out the fun from the Gala


Photos from past awards