NESS - The Essex PA Network are pleased to announce our 3rd event at the magnificent Boreham House.
Boreham House is a truly amazing Grade I listed mansion with a stately avenue of trees, between which there is a breathtaking formal lake. Once inside the house you are surrounded by history, a great deal of the original features have been retained including the decorative handcrafted plasterwork on the 24ft high ceilings, original fireplaces and solid oak panelling.
Boreham House was originally built around 1730 for Benjamin Hoare Esq., he commissioned prominent architects Henry Flitcroft & Sir James Gibb to design the house and it was embellished with fine marbles and other materials including the staircase bought from New Hall, owned by Henry VIII from 1517 to 1547.
In 1931 Henry Ford purchased the estate, he was returning from Oberammergau when the train was held up briefly at the Generals Lane level crossing and he noticed that Boreham House was for sale, he seized the opportunity to realise one of his dreams and bought it, this is where he set up Fordson Estates Ltd, it was eventually passed on to Ford Motor company in 1952, then onto private ownership once again.
NESS are extremely honoured to announce Vanessa Vallely as its first guest speaker for this event Vanessa is one of the UK's most well-networked women and has provided keynotes on networking and personal branding for over 250 companies worldwide.
At the height of a successful 25 year career in the financial services Vanessa launched the award winning WeAreTheCity.com in 2008 as a vehicle to help corporate women connect and grow professionally and personally. WeAreTheCity.com now has over 42,000 members and in 2013 launched a sister site in India.
Vanessa is the co-founder of City-wide diversity forum The Network of Networks (TNON) and co-chairs its gender chapter. TNON brings together diversity leaders from over 125 firms to share best practice and includes chapters for LGBT and BAME.
Vanessa has been named Women in Banking & Finance’s Champion for Women, Financial News Top 100 Rising Star, The International Alliance for Women Top 100 Women globally & Brummells Top 30 London Entrepreneurs. In 2015 Vanessa was in GQ UK’s Top 100 Connected Women and the Evening Standard’s 1000 Most Influential Londoners. Vanessa is an advisory member of the Government Digital Services committee and also sits and contributes to a number of industry think tanks.
Vanessa is the author of the book “Heels of Steel: Surviving and Thriving in the Corporate World” which tracks her career and shares 13 chapters of tips to succeed in the workplace.
She is the Pearly Queen of The City of London, a tradition that has been in her family for over 100 years, and is an avid charity worker. She is on the board for Cancer Research UK as one of it is Women of Influence.
Vanessa is one speaker that you will not want to miss hearing from.
Our second speaker will be Yvonne Darling. Yvonne is an Executive Assistant and currently works alongside the Chief Executive Officer at Colt Technology Services in London, a company that she joined in 2003. With almost 20 years experience in the technology industry and a career that has spanned almost three decades, Yvonne has seen the role of assistant change significantly as well as a technological revolution in how we work.
Yvonne is a keen proponent of the Power of the Network, putting it into practice by recruiting two of her network colleagues into the business and recruiting a new graduate as her own assistant, who she is currently training and mentoring in the (dark) arts of the assistant.
Known to colleagues and friends for her down to earth approach, sharp sense of humour, style and fun, Yvonne is well respected within the profession, not only an active and pragmatic member of local and virtual PA network groups, but also an enthusiastic supporter of professional events.
Through her attendance on training courses, at professional conferences and networking events Yvonne has built strong connections to people all over the world and in many diverse industries. She was a member of the consultation team during the fact finding and development stages of the Executive and Personal Assistants Association (EPAA), of which she is a Fellow member and keen ambassador.
Further details of the evening are to be finalised but will include time for networking and supporting a charity with proceeds from a raffle being donated to them on the night, so keep and eye on twitter for updates on the plans for the evening.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Karen and Jules