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St James’s Club – James Timpson OBE - Business Lunch

St James’s is a private members’ club based in the heart of Manchester.

Since its formation in 1825, the Club has provided a private space for the city’s professionals to network and socialise – a welcome haven from the tumult of the busy city.

Earlier this year the Club kindly offered to host fundraising Business lunches for its influential members to support Kidscan.

This month we were privileged not only to have a business lunch hosted by the Club but to have James Timpson OBE accept our invitation to be the guest distinguished speaker at the luncheon.
James is Chief Executive of Timpson, the UK’s leading retail service provider and a family retail business, established in 1865 and based in Manchester. The business trades from 1,725 shops across country, comprising of 920 Timpson outlets and a mix of Max Spielmann and Snappy Snaps photo shops (also including the Johnsons the Cleaners and Jeeves of Belgravia businesses). Away from Timpson, James is Chair of the Prison Reform Trust and was, until 2016, Chair of the Employers Forum for Reducing Re-offending (EFFRR), a group of likeminded employers who offer a second chance to people with a criminal conviction.

His passion and enthusiasm for business, people, his team and the wider community was recognised in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, where he was awarded an OBE for ‘Services to Training and Employment for Disadvantaged People’. The following year, he was appointed the David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation for 2012-13, at the Newcastle University Business School, helping to inspire and motivate budding entrepreneurs, business leaders and students alike. James was appointed the HRH Prince of Wales Ambassador for responsible business in the North West in 2015. In the same year, he received the Albert Medal from the Royal Society of Arts. He appeared in the Sunday Times 500 Most Influential list in 2016, acknowledging his recruitment of ex-offenders.

Kidscan Chief Executive Bob Carter said:

 “At Kidscan, Team work and working with partners is a priority so we are deeply proud that we were able to have such a senior respected person and prestigious historic venue coming together to support Kidscan.

To have such an influential Business leader and sincere philanthropist has James Timpson OBE welcomed personally by Rowan on behalf of St James’s Club who organised the whole event was inspirational and will be such a positive factor in our research to help children with cancer”

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