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Rory Underwood Announced as Guest Speaker for North East Chamber of Commerce Dinner

Rugby legend Rory Underwood MBE, originally from Tees Valley, will pass on his leadership advice to business leaders at the North East Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.

To be held on 29 September 2016, at the Jury’s Inn Middlesbrough, the black tie dinner is one of the highlights of the Tees Valley social calendar.

Daniel Marsden-Knight, NECC Events Manager, said: “We are delighted to Rory Underwood has agreed to be the guest speaker at our Annual Dinner.  His rugby career, which started in Middlesbrough, took him all over the world and is a great example of how much someone can achieve with ability and determination.  I am sure our members will find his speech entertaining and also an inspiration.”

The dinner is being sponsored by Middlesbrough College and the drinks reception is supported by Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Zoe Lewis, Principal and Chief Executive of Middlesbrough College, said: “One of Middlesbrough College’s core aims is to help learners achieve their potential, so it’s fitting that we’re supporting this event with Rory Underwood – an inspirational figure who demonstrates that ambition and hard work pays off.

“Fostering leadership skills is an important part of our educational offering and we work with employers to make sure that learners are ready for the world of work.”

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Durham Tees Valley Airport said “We are delighted to be sponsoring the drinks reception again this year and to be providing the Tees Valley with worldwide connectivity to over 200 destinations via Amsterdam with KLM and direct links to Aberdeen for the oil & gas sector.”

Tickets cost £80 each are available from NECC by emailing or via

Rory Underwood  is a record-breaking former English rugby union footballer who played wing for, most notably, Leicester Tigers and the Royal Air Force. He represented England and the British and Irish Lions and is a former Royal Air Force pilot.  He now runs his own management business.

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