27 JULY 2015


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Article from BTNews 27 JULY 2015

Aviation Club anniversary

The Aviation Club of the UK has celebrated its 25th anniversary in the House of Lords Members Dining room at the Palace of Westminster.

Some 230 members and their guests, including six chairmen past and present, were hosted by the Lord Glendonbrook CBE, better known as Sir Michael Bishop, who gave a dignified and humorous address drawing on his experience as the boss of British Midland during what current Chairman Jane Johnston described as “the greatest period of entrepreneurialism, expansion and liberalisation our industry has ever seen.”

Founding Chairman Peter Sanguinetti, then BAA PR Director, recounted how the Club came into being in 1990 with Cecil Parkinson, then Secretary of State, the first speaker.  Founder member and past Chairman Tony Cocklin proposed the toast to the Club’s future.

“Whilst the event offers a time for reflection it was also an opportunity to look forward, with a new line-up in the Committee and a change of secretariat for the first time in the Club’s history.  Clearly the core values of membership remains the same and the existing, welcoming ‘club-like’ atmosphere at our Institute of Directors luncheons will hopefully long continue,” said Ms Johnson.    www.aviationclub.org.uk

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