Once described by the Guinness Book of Records as the “world’s greatest living explorer”, Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be the keynote speaker at this year’s East Midlands Chamber* annual dinner. Adventurer, writer and inspirational speaker, Sir Ranulph has enjoyed, and endured, three decades of derring-do since winning that accolade.


Ran FiennesA raconteur with a very dry humour, he often speaks openly about his “failed” education which led him to join the Army and begin a 40-year career of global achievement. He has written over 20 books about his adventures and been presented with over 15 awards including, in 1993, being knighted (OBE) for “human endeavour and for charitable services”. By then, his expeditions had raised over £14m for good causes.


The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business Industry and Enterprise and Conservative member for Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, will also be a guest speaker at the dinner.


Anna studied law at Birmingham and worked as a criminal barrister in Nottingham until being elected to Parliament in 2010, since when her political star has been in the ascendancy. She was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Health Minister Simon Burns in November 2010 and two years later became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health.


In 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans and then in 2014 she became Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence before her latest appointment.


Scott Knowles, the Chamber’s Chief Executive, said: “The Annual Dinner is the biggest event on the Chamber’s calendar and we always manage to attract high-quality speakers. But to have Sir Ranulph and the Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP as speakers this year is terrific.


“Sir Ranulph is a man for whom you have to have respect. He has seen parts of this planet that most haven’t and achieved things most of us wouldn’t even consider trying. And Anna’s political career has been phenomenal since her election in 2010. I’m looking forward to hearing both of them speak.”


This year’s Chamber annual dinner takes place at The Roundhouse, Derby, on 17 March, and starts with a pre-dinner drinks reception at 7.30pm.


Places are still available at £85+VAT per person of £800+VAT for a table of ten, but demand is expected to be high so early booking is recommended. To book visit www.emc-dnl.co.uk/events/474/emc-annual-dinner-2016 or call the events team on 0333 320 0333.


The Annual Dinner is the biggest event on the Chamber’s calendar and we always manage to attract high-quality speakers. But to have Sir Ranulph and the Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP as speakers this year is terrific.

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