After Dinner Speakers 17th February 2017 – 7.00pm for 7.30pm Start
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Craig Brown Considered one of the most gifted young soccer players of his era. Craig was captain of Scotland Schoolboys and Scotland Youths but his professional football career ended at the age of 27 due to a serious knee injury. Between 1974 and 1977 he was Assistant Manager at Motherwell Football Club and then became Manager of Clyde FC in 1977. He was invited to join the Scotland coaching staff by Alex Ferguson for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and thereafter was appointed full time number two to Andy Roxburgh. He became Scotland Manager in November 1993. Because of the early injury sustained while playing for Rangers he continued training and education by attending the Scottish School of Physical Education at Jordanhill College and obtaining a Diploma in Physical Education (with distinction) and the appropriate Diploma in Primary Teaching. He is a Bachelor of Arts in English and Geography and the co-author of a well-recognised text book on Primary Teaching Methods. He was also Visiting Lecturer at Paisley University in the Management Department and a regular book reviewer for The Herald. Craig was awarded a CBE in 1999 for his services to Football.
Russ Williams performances have proved so successful, that a number of the leading conference and after dinner speakers use Russ as their scriptwriter. Russ has travelled the world, hosting and presenting for amongst others, The National Drinks Awards, The Wella Hairdressing Awards, The ABTA Travel Awards, The National Cash & Carry Awards, The Dot Com Awards and numerous in-house corporate awards dinners. On the sports circuit, he has hosted The European Ryder Cup Winners Dinner 2011, The Manchester United Players Player of the Year Awards 2011, Spurs end of season Golf Day 2011, Arsenal Double 1971 Players Dinner, the launch of The Steven Gerrard Foundation 2011 and most recently The Duke of Essex Polo Cup. Russ has worked, personally, for some of the greatest names in the world of sport, including Sir Steven Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Henry Cooper, Steve Backley, Glenn Hoddle and Steven Gerrard. Apart from his hosting and presenting, Russ has also developed a completely unique role for charity and corporate events, that of Comedy Charity Auctioneer. This has taken him around the world hosting events for the Variety Club, The Willow Foundation, The Teenage Cancer Trust, Sparks, ChildLine, Orchid, The Bobby Moore Foundation and Make a Wish Foundation. This year Russ reached a milestone, helping to raise over 10 Million pounds for charity. Russ does find time to relax though. He is a keen golfer and as member of The Comedians Golfing Society, he was voted Captain in 2003 and Chairman in 2006. He is also a member of the prestigious Variety Club of Great Britain Golfing Society.
Sandy Strang is a raconteur and impressionist – currently in demand throughout Britain as an immensely entertaining and experienced after-dinner speaker and comedian. He is a journalist, who has penned long running columns in The Herald, The Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland on Sunday and The Sun. A one time top amateur footballer, Sandy wore the No.9 jersey for Cambridge University and actually had the honour of playing in a Varsity Cup Final against Oxford at the old Wembley Stadium. Sandy was also a talented cricketer who played in a record number of nine Scottish Cup Finals. Sandy Strang has covered the whole range of speaking engagements from high profile corporate events and charity fund raisers through to golf days and sportsman’s dinners. Sandy is also one of Scotland’s most sought after Burns speakers and has spoken at Burns Club dinners around the World, he is also a very experienced and highly accomplished host and mc.