Tuesday 15th September saw the Launch Party for stakeholders, supporters and Charities held at Loulou’s, downstairs at Robin Birley’s 5 Hertford Street.

The evening was a resounding success, with table hosts from the banks meeting the beneficiaries of the Charities, and army Generals swapping stories with the Charities’ Patrons. The atmosphere was one of excitement and enthusiasm as the idea of a Network spanning across the City and throughout the UK Financial Services world was turned over and analysed, and the potential to really benefit both the industry and service-leavers alike revealed. When Jim Cowles, the EMEA CEO at Citi stood up briefly to talk, he was genuinely warmly received.

“We are honoured and proud to have taken a leading role in the employment of ex-military personnel, and welcome the unique qualities that they can bring to an institution like Citi,”  He went on to add “I urge colleagues in financial services to support this gala dinner and the three charities for which CVN will be raising much-needed funds”.

Guests were treated to Coates & Seely champagne (or ‘Britagne’ – it’s made in Hampshire), kindly donated by Nicholas Coates and Christian Seely, and were sent home with a clear idea of what needs to be achieved over the next 2 months to deliver a really outstanding evening in November!

 

Will Packard from Citi

Will Packard from Citi

Will Dixon and Simon Harmer, both BLESMA beneficiaries

Will Dixon and Simon Harmer, both BLESMA beneficiaries

Tina Fordham, Citi's Chief Global Political Analyst

Tina Fordham, Citi’s Chief Global Political Analyst

The UBS team - Carolina Lane, Tim Eastwood (former Household Cavalry) and Holly Linfield

The UBS team – Carolina Lane, Tim Eastwood (former Household Cavalry) and Holly Linfield

Pete Flynn from UBS with Nicola Wearing

Pete Flynn from UBS with Nicola Wearing

Our three charities - Nicola Wearing from Combat Stress, Lizz Manning from SkilLForce and Barbara Warner from BLESMA

Our three charities – Nicola Wearing from Combat Stress, Lizz Manning from SkillForce and Barbara Warner from BLESMA

Our generous sponsor, Nicholas Coates of Coates & Seely talks to Liz Wearing of SkillForce

Our generous sponsor, Nicholas Coates of Coates & Seely talks to Liz Manning of SkillForce

Jim Cowles, EMEA CEO for Citi talks about why Citi is supporting the Network

Jim Cowles, EMEA CEO for Citi talks about why Citi is supporting the Network

Jim Cowles talks to the evening's organisers, Will Packard and Francis Roseman from Citi

Jim Cowles talks to the evening’s organisers, Will Packard and Francis Roseman from Citi

Holly Linfield, UBS

Holly Linfield, UBS

General Sir Peter Wall talks to Michael Cole-Fontayne BNY Mellon EMEA Chairman

General Sir Peter Wall talks to Michael Cole-Fontayne BNY Mellon EMEA Chairman

Emma Willis with Pete Flynn, UBS

Emma Willis with Pete Flynn, UBS

David Poole from Citi talking to Will Dixon from Barclays (and a BLESMA beneficiary)

David Poole from Citi talking to Will Dixon from Barclays (and a BLESMA beneficiary)

Colonel Hugh Boddington, Chief of Staff - London District talks to Barbara Warner of BLESMA

Colonel Hugh Boddington, Chief of Staff – London District talks to Barbara Warner of BLESMA

Claude Kamga from Private Equity firm KKR

Claude Kamga from Private Equity firm KKR

Citi Lancers - Will Packard and Lawrence Whittingham talk to Tina Fordham

Citi Lancers – Will Packard and Lawrence Whittingham talk to Tina Fordham

Brigadier Barry le Grys of BLESMA hosts Gen Sir Peter and and Michael Cole-Fontayne, BNY Mellon

Brigadier Barry le Grys of BLESMA hosts Gen Sir Peter and and Michael Cole-Fontayne, BNY Mellon

Andy Thompson (late Colonel Royal Artillery) of UBS talks to Tina Fordham

Andy Thompson (late Colonel Royal Artillery) of UBS talks to Tina Fordham