Thursday 12 April 2018, 7:00pm to 10:30pm
The HAC, Armoury House, City Road, London EC1Y 2BQ
Black Tie or Mess Kit with miniatures.
Ticket price £120.00/£135.00
You are invited to join in celebration of our affiliations with the three service defence communications teams at a formal dinner in the HAC’s Armoury House. The HAC is the London home of the Honourable Artillery Company, a charity incorporated by Henry VIII in 1537 whose primary charitable purpose is the support of the Regiment which bears its name.
We are delighted to have as our guest of honour General Lord Richards of Herstmonceux (biography below) who will be addressing us after dinner. As a former Chief of the Defence Staff, he is a champion of effective communications and an advocate for the three services.
A ceremonial guard will be provided by the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers which is a great honour. They are a ceremonial unit of the HAC, the oldest regiment in the British Army, which traces its origins back to a charter granted by King Henry VIII in 1537. The Pikemen & Musketeers are dressed and equipped as members of the Company would have been in the 1640s.
2018 is a special year marking the centenary of the end of the first World War and the formation of the Royal Air Force. The Armoury House of the HAC is a superb location, just minutes walk from any City office. It is an 18th century mansion brimming with the Company’s long and rich history.
Tickets are £120 and places are limited. For only £15.00 extra you can help sponsor a place at the dinner for a serving member of the military. If you have any questions or would like more information then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO DL
General Richards led operations in East Timor, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan. He is particularly well known for his command in Sierra Leone in 2000 when he interpreted his orders creatively to achieve much more than was at first thought possible, ensuring the ultimate defeat of the RUF rebels and the avoidance of much bloodshed in the capital Freetown. He went on to command NATO forces in Afghanistan during the Alliance’s expansion of responsibility across the whole country.
Having first commanded the British Army, in 2010 he became Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of Britain’s armed forces and their strategic commander as well as the Prime Minister’s military adviser and a member of the National Security Council. He retired in July 2013. His UK operational awards include a Mention in Despatches, Commander of the British Empire, Distinguished Service Order and Knight Commander of the Bath; the first officer to receive an operational knighthood since World War 2. In 2011 he received the annual Churchillian Award for leadership. He was created Baron Richards of Herstmonceux in February 2014 and now sits in the House of Lords. Amongst other appointments he is the Deputy Grand President of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, the patron of a number of charities, a visiting Professor of Exeter University and an Honorary Fellow of both King’s College London and Cardiff University. He is Senior Adviser to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, an adviser to a number of governments and commercial businesses, Non-Executive Chairman of Arturius International Ltd and Chairman of the geo-strategic advisory company Equilibrium Global. He is also actively involved with a number of charities, especially the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League of which he is the Deputy Grand President. His autobiography Taking Command was published in October 2014.