Kent Business Leaders Dinner – 18th April

By Invitation Only
18th April 2024 5:30 pm - 18th April 2024 9:30 pm
University of Kent, Darwin College, Darwin Conference Suite, Canterbury, CT2 7NY
Drinks reception followed by a sumptuous dinner


At a time of much uncertainty for the economy and for business, there is more value than ever in local business leaders coming together to support each other and to exchange ideas and opportunities.

With this in mind, we are relaunching our Kent Business Leaders Dinner series. The first of these will be held at the Darwin Banqueting Suite situated on the University of Kent’s campus at Canterbury on Thursday 18th April. A drinks reception will be served from 5.30pm followed by a sumptuous dinner. Tickets are fully inclusive of an arrival drink, 3 course dinner, coffee and all wine, beer and soft drinks.

We are delighted that Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, will be speaking at the dinner.

This event enables like-minded business leaders to gather in an informal and relaxed environment. We encourage all our guests to talk freely and to exchange opinions and ideas in a confidential and supportive environment. As a result, we ask guests to respect that this event is held under ‘Chatham House’ rules, hence no media representatives will be present.

Please note – we feel that, in these uncertain and challenging times, it is vital that our local business leaders come together in this way and that this event series should not be a profit driven activity hence the ticket price has been set at ‘cost’.

Dress Code: Usual Business Attire

Keynote Speaker: Shevaun Haviland

Shevaun Is Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce. She joined the BCC in April 2021 from the Cabinet Office where she led on Business Partnerships. She started her career in a consultancy in London and New York. She then moved to the Walt Disney Company in strategic planning before joining Disneyland Paris, opening the second theme park.

Shevaun then joined the agency world, running global accounts for Millward Brown, Mindshare and WPP. Following this she became a partner in a start-up innovation agency and venture builder, Independents United. Most recently she was the New Ventures Director for Avado, building new businesses in Edtech and founding the Academy of Digital Business Leaders.

Shevaun has a passion for business as a force for good. She is a social impact investor, sits on the Ventures Advisory Board of UnLtd and is a Trustee of Barefoot College International, as well as a board member of Women of the World Foundation.


At the time of booking, please select one of the following per course:


  • Creamed Kentish Goats’ Cheese and Roasted Beetroot with Apple and Chicory Salad (Vegetarian)
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Velouté and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Garlic and Rosemary Twists (Vegan)
  • Kentish Crab with Baby Gem Lettuce Salad and Crisp Onions

Main Course

  • Cannon of Kentish Lamb with Dauphinoise Potatoes and a Biddenden Gribble Bridge wine jus.
  • Fillet of hake with mussels, crème fraiche and Rough Old Wife Kentish cider
  • Mushroom and Puy Lentil Strudel with Cheese fondue (Vegetarian – Vegan option available on request)


  • Kentish Pear poached in Chapel Down Pinot Noir Rosé with Blackcurrant Sorbet and Kentish Apple Puree (Vegan and Gluten Free)
  • Kentish Rhubarb and Ginger Crème Brûlée
  • Kentish Cheese Board with Biscuits and Kentish Bramley Apple Chutney

Please notify us of any dietary requirements.

Staged by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, in association with KICC Patrons.

Please see our full list of our event Terms and Conditions

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