Thursday 29th October 2015
Merchants Manor Hotel, Falmouth.
The 2015 Award Winners
Speaker for the evening
Rodney Baker Bates
Rodney’s biography is too large to be completely listed here. Recently he was Deputy Chairman of the Co-op Banking Group and indeed appeared before the House of Commons committee in its investigation of its debacle. He came into the Co-op by default from the Britannia Building Society as he was Chairman when it was taken over. He is either lucky or very unlucky with his banking experience as he was MD of Midland Bank when it was merged into HSBC. He was also on the management board of the BBC in the late 1990s so will have some interesting stories to tell.
Day jobs are and were mostly in finance and insurance and Rodney is currently CEO at Willis UK and Ridgeons; and Chairman of G group Holdings and EG Solutions. He was previously, among many other things, Chairman of the Stobart Group and CEO of Prudential Financial Services. Rodney graduated from Oxford after studying Modern History which is an interesting background for a man now steeped in Finance. He now lives in rural Suffolk and is a keen shooting man.
The Awards are supported by:
£920 was raised for this year’s worthy charity Bosence Farm. Our main sponsor Santander have very kindly offered to match this figure bringing the total amount raised to £1840!