Five Minutes with the President…

Here at the Council of Management, we thought it would be nice to give a little behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on, and what each role involves. Over the next couple of months, we will be interviewing each member of the Council of Management.

First up, we obviously couldn’t start with anyone else, is our interview with our President Karl Brown… he provides a brief insight into what he does for us and in particular the work he is doing for the city of Bristol

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What better way to decide whether you want to run for being on the Council of Management next year than getting a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on!

What is your role on the Council of Management?

I am the current President of the Bristol Junior of Chamber.

What does your role involve?

As President of the BJC I arrange the speakers and venues for our monthly members’ meetings.  I also set the key themes for the current BJC year and the main key theme of my presidency is the issue of improving social mobility in our city and country.

I also represent the BJC when interacting with key city leaders in Bristol such as the Bristol Mayor.

Why did you want to be involved in the Council of Management?

I originally joined the Council of Management in 2009 as Chair of Education and Skills.  The reason for my joining is that I am passionate about giving back to my home city of Bristol and in particular the young people of Bristol.

What opportunities has this brought to you or new skills have you developed?

Being on the Council of Management has been fantastic in honing skills such as public speaking, chairing meetings and project management.  It has also been a fantastic opportunity to interact with many of the city’s leaders.

What has been the best thing about being on the Council of Management?

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said “We, the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve”.  The best thing about being on the Council of Management has been the chance to serve BJC members and to serve the City of Bristol.

Don’t forget to pop by the website next week for our quick five minute interview with our Vice-President, the one and only Ben St Quintin!

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October Monthly Meeting

The October monthly meeting was held at The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, College Green. 

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The main theme for the evening was “Celebrating Innovation in Bristol”. The two main speakers were Laura Hilton (Visitor Services Manager at Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust) who discussed plans for the 150th anniversary of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Lloyd Burnell (Project Director) who discussed the extremely exciting proposed Bristol Aerospace Centre, which will be home to Concorde. We also heard from Roger Opie of education group, Ablaze.

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For more photos, see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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September Monthly Meeting

The September member’s meeting was held at the Station, formerly a fire station and now a fantastic youth hub supporting young people in Bristol.

10547729_691689710923704_927706023791999815_o10560347_691689917590350_1613492809751490993_oThe main speaker was Fiona Francombe, Managing Director of The Bottle Yard Studios who talked about “Making TV Productions in Bristol and how Bristol can compete for this market in the future”. We also heard from Sandy Hore-Ruthven (CEO of Creative Youth Network) and Ben Silvey (BJC Member and Director of YMCA Bristol).

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For more photos, see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

 

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August Monthly Meeting – Averys wine tasting

The August member’s meeting saw us descend upon Averys wine cellars for a fabulous evening of wine tasting and general merriment.

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Averys wine merchants can trace its history back to 1793 and are known for being among the pioneers of the wine trade. Mimi Avery, a 5th generation Avery gave us an insightful talk on each of the wines and a fascinating taste of her world choosing wines, making us all just a little bit envious of her job. It is always an extremely popular event and as ever we easily filled all the spaces.

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Thanks Averys for an absolutely fantastic evening, some of us are already looking forward to the Bollinger tasting!!!

For more photos, see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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July Monthly Meeting

Our members meeting this month was held at Bristol Zoo Gardens. We were lucky enough to get a chance to look around the zoo and at some of the animals before Dr Bryan Carroll, the Director of Bristol Zoo Gardens, spoke about, “What is today’s Bristol Zoo experience and how is this managed?”

For some amazing photos of the animals, please see our Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page..

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June Monthly Meeting

The June member’s meeting took place at the New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel. Speakers were David Worthington, Manager at the New Room and Tim Pemberton, Managing Editor at BBC Bristol whose topic was “Leading through Media”, both pictured here with our President Karl Brown.

For more photos see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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BJC Spring Drinks – May 2014

One of the highlights in the BJC calendar, our annual Spring Drinks was held at The Royal West of England Academy on Thursday 15th May. Over 100 BJC members and guests enjoyed Pimms, wine and canapés in the sunshine.

 

 

 

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With thanks to the RWA, Papadeli, The Waiting Game, Averys and SXS Events for supporting the event.

For more photos see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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May Monthly Meeting

The BJC May monthly meeting was held at Clarke Wilmott. The speakers were Bonnie Dean OBE, Chief Executive of Bristol and Bath Science Park and David Warburton, Head of Area in the South West for the Homes and Communities Agency.

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Parliamentary Tour – 7 April 2014

On the 7th April, the BJC were lucky enough to have a special tour of Parliament. Twenty five BJC members headed to London for a day in Parliament which included:

  • An official tour of the Palace of Westminster
  • Meeting with Rt Hon the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon – Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
  • Lunch and discussion with Paul Wilson (CEO Bristol Local Enterprise Partnership)
  • A meeting with Kerry McCarthy MP who spoke about The role of the House of Commons from the perspective of an MP

For more photos see the Bristol Junior Chamber Facebook page.

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BJC AGM 1 April 2014

Our new Council of Management was elected at the BJC AGM on 1 April 2014. Our new President Karl Brown, is shown here being handed over to by our Immediate Past President Tom Selway..

Our new Council of Management for 2014-2015 led by Karl Brown (President) & Ben St.Quintin (Vice-President)…

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