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The Timber Trade Federation Annual Dinner 2019
5th December 2018

The Timber Trade Federation Annual Dinner 2019

Tickets are now available for the 2019 Annual Dinner of the Timber Trade Federation


Wednesday 6th March at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London. 7 for 7.45 pm – Black Tie

TTF President, Charles Hopping, very much hopes you will support this popular event again this year.

Contact Karen or Denise or call us on 0203 2050067 to BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW!

Kindly sponsored by James Latham

Guest Speaker, John Simonett

John Simonett, Guest Speaker at the TTF Annual Dinner 2019Born in the West Indies to Scottish parents on the tropical island paradise of Trinidad, John had a glorious upbringing running around the sugar cane plantations where his father worked. A rude awakening came at the age of 10 when he was put in a kilt and sent to boarding school in Aberdeenshire – in the depths of a Scottish winter!

This was followed by secondary school in Edinburgh, where his aptitude for rugby bore fruit and he was selected to captain the Scotland Under 19 team. This led to a rare distinction – that of being one of very few people to have captained a Scotland rugby team to a victory over England! (17-3!)

Following school, he did the then equivalent of a “gap year” – teaching for 2 years with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in a mission school in Botswana, on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. On returning to UK he trained as a teacher in Cheltenham, followed by obtaining a B.Ed from Bristol University (with First Class honours), majoring in Psychology.

During his teaching career he played premiership Rugby for Gloucester and was a member of the team that won the John Player Cup against the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham. He also played for Gloucestershire and the Anglo Scots and was a regular member of the Scottish Squad towards the end of his playing days.

He left teaching to become a professional speaker and presenter and is now firmly established as one of the most original and entertaining speakers on the after-dinner and conference “circuit”.

Tickets/ Tables

This year we are giving members the opportunity to purchase tables accommodating 10 or 12 guests. Prices are unchanged from last year and included in the ticket price per person is:

  • Drinks Reception with unlimited Prosecco and beer
  • Three course dinner including red and white wine, water, petit fours & coffee


TTF Members only

  • Table of 10                              £1,400 + VAT
  • Table of 12                              £1,680 + VAT
  • Single Place*                           £140 + VAT


Non-Member Prices

  • Table of 10                              £2,400 + VAT
  • Table of 12                              £2,880 + VAT
  • Single Place Non-Member*    £240 + VAT


Cash bars will be available throughout the evening for all your additional beverage requirements. Table drinks can be pre-ordered.

Accommodation We have negotiated discounted accommodation in the venue’s ‘Club Quarters’. Full details of which will be provided when reservations are received

Call us on 0203 2050067 to BOOK YOUR TABLE NOW – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED for this extremely popular dinner! 

SPONSORSHIP opportunities are available – contact Karen on 0207 2915372 for more information or click here to make an enquiry