Wednesday 24 May


Networking from 5.30pm for a prompt 6.00pm start then post event networking from 8.00-8:30pm


Gloucester RUFC, Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester


Free entrance – all members and non-members welcome

Please Note:

Ample free parking is available on site

CE Gloucestershire Club is delighted to invite you to our Annual Conference, taking place from 5:30pm on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at the home of Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm Stadium. This event is free to members and non-members and refreshments will be provided. Please note that although the event is free to attend, you must register for the event via our website no later than midday on Friday 19 May 2017.

This year our theme is ‘Building Links with Sport’ and our speakers will be exploring the links between construction and sport, both within the county and across the rest of the UK. Our exciting line-up includes:

Stephen Limbrick, Joint Managing Director, Roberts Limbrick Architects
Stephen has been involved in a number of high profile sporting developments during his lengthy architectural career. Locally, his most notable projects include the most recent redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse (as well as the earlier design of both the Centaur and the Best Mate Stand) and further afield, Roberts Limbrick’s sporting portfolio includes golf driving ranges, Esporta and David Lloyd clubs, and the Barnet Copthall Stadium for Saracens RUFC. Stephen will talk about some of these projects and what sets designing and procuring for sporting clients aside from other commercial work.

Helen Taylor, ecotricity
ecotricity has recently unveiled a proposed new ‘Gateway to Stroud’ comprising of a new dual-carriageway on the A419, concept designs for an Zaha Hadid designed Eco Park Green Technology Hub, the new Forest Green Rovers football stadium, and a footbridge linking the two main sides of the development. Eco Park is their planned 100 acre green development in the Stroud District: a centre of excellence for sport and green business in Gloucestershire. The overall concept also includes the potential development of a public transport hub, including a Stroud Park and Ride, and will also see ecotricity help with the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation canal under the M5. Helen Taylor will be sharing their experiences so far as well as giving an insight into the coming months for the project.

Alex Gidman, retired cricketer
Alex had his successful cricketing career (including 13 years at Gloucestershire CCC, three of which as captain) cut short in February 2016 after a serious finger injury.  He has recorded his experiences of finding life after professional sport on his blog “A Sportsman’s Transition” and will be sharing some of his stories with us, exploring themes of teamwork, strategy and the parallels between the sporting and commercial worlds.

Stephen Vaughan, CEO Gloucester Rugby
After a lengthy career in the travel industry, Stephen Vaughan joined Gloucester RUFC in November 2012 bringing a wealth of business experience to the club. In this role he has overall responsibility for the management of the club both strategically and from a performance perspective. Stephen gained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Loughborough University in 2007. He enjoys most sports including football, rugby and golf and has competed in half marathons and Tough Guy competitions in aid of charity. As part of the CE Gloucestershire Club Annual Conference, Stephen will talk about the challenges and rewards of managing a sporting business.

Inaugural CEGC Apprentice of the Year Awards, with Gloucestershire College
CE Gloucestershire Club members work closely with many schools, colleges and universities, both locally and across the country. The Club itself enjoys a positive relationship with Gloucestershire college, hosting our monthly Committee Meetings and many other events at their facilities. This year, we have decided to celebrate the success of Gloucestershire College’s various apprentice courses by awarding Apprentice of the Year and a Runner Up prize to two of their hardest working apprentices. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend to network with attendees and the prize will include money towards much needed kit/tools and the opportunity to be mentored by a CE Gloucestershire Club member over the next 12 months.

SPONSOR – Abbey Business Equipment
This year’s Annual Conference is sponsored by Abbey Business Equipment. We are delighted that Abbey have kindly agreed to sponsor our event and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to them.

CHARITY – The Butterfly Garden
CE Gloucestershire Club have been actively supporting The Butterfly Garden for some time, both financially and with various member organisations providing materials and their staff’s time in assisting with various building projects at this wonderful facility. During the event there will be a cash collection for The Butterfly Garden.

Member’s AGM
Please note that the Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place immediately before the Annual Conference. A separate invitation will be sent to all existing members in the next few days. This will include an invitation for nominations for the CE Gloucestershire Club Committee 2017/2018.

If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Club Secretary, Anna Wood –

We look forward to seeing you at the event.