Monday 11 October 2010

October in the Buff

The Buff Dining Club celebrated it’s 20th year last Thursday at the RAC in central London. Just to clear up any confusion, the ’Buff Club’ is not as the name implies, a naked networking event. As dedicated as I am to my business development role I was quite relieved about that! (The origin of the club was attributed to the British regiment of the same name and is incidentally a breed of chicken)

Matt Battle chaired the event and Paul Morrell gave a speech about the future of the construction industry. Paul spoke engagingly on the subject encouraging us all to become greener, leaner and brighter in the way we work.

The guest list was impressive and I enjoyed conversations with a diverse range of people, although I use the word diverse I should perhaps be more specific, I am referring to job titles and not the demographic. Although for what began as a gentleman’s dining club, set in a gentleman’s members club it was a pleasure to see other female faces in the room and I enjoyed a lively and interesting discussion about women in Architecture with the guests either side of me. This was a conversation I don’t think would have got off the ground at Bangers wine bar where I was earlier that day; courtesy of The Doyle Club, although if you contest this statement please feel free to respond.

Overall Paul’s projection for our future was that it will be challenging and although he softened the blow of the tougher points with well-woven wit I sat with a mouthful of chocolate pudding as waiter re-filled my glass of wine and reflected on his ‘leaner and greener’ statement. Feeling neither, I wondering how willingly the rest of the room would change their business behaviour and tried to recall whether the car I’d seen displayed downstairs in the foyer was a hybrid?
The Buff Dining Club

The Royal Automobile Club (RAC)

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