CBI annual dinner

Deloitte sets the tone as Midlands’ most influential leaders gather for CBI dinner

Business advisory firm Deloitte, headline sponsors of the CBI West Midlands Annual Dinner, held a pre-dinner drinks reception at their Brindleyplace offices attended by more than 50 of the most influential people in the Midlands’ business community. After a welcome by Pauline Biddle, practice senior partner of Deloitte in the Midlands, the guests were joined by António Simões, CEO of HSBC UK and Europe, and Paul Drechsler, president of the CBI who both answered questions prior to speaking at the dinner at the ICC.


  1. Richard Butler, Andrew Thorpe, Paul Drechsler, David Vaughan, Richard Hyde
  2. Neil Rami, Paul Drechsler, Pauline Biddle
  3. Margaret Willis, Simon Thompson, Alan Hughes
  4. Stephen Page, Matt Cowlishaw, Darren Boocock, Paul Meadows, Paul Thandi
  5. Martin Reeves, Gus Miah, Gavin Ralston
  6. Paul Drechsler, Pauline Biddle, António Simões, Richard Butler
  7. Nick Eastwood, Katelyn Brown, Alan Fletcher, Chris Farrington, Chris Loughran
  8. Claire Evans, Martin Glanfield, David Jones, Mark Payton