About the night


Below is everything you need to know about this evening, including the menu, wine and your host.

 

Evening summary

7pm: Champagne reception, where you can network and catch up with colleagues, clients and peers

 

8pm: Dinner. Three courses, including wine

 

9.45pm: Speeches, then the host will take to the stage

 

10pm: Awards ceremony. It’s time!

 

1am: Carriages

 

Menu

Starter: Tomato tart (v)

  • Served with parmesan custard pesto and watercress salad

 

Mains: Slow cooked shoulder of lamb

  • Crispy belly served with minted pea purees new season carrot and sarladaise potato

 

Or

 

Wild mushroom gnocchi (v) (must be ordered in advance)

  • Served with celeriac puree, asparagus and wilted spinach

 

Dessert: Strawberry & yogurt parfait

  • With pistachio daquoise

 

Wine

White: Trebbiano Rubicone, Rometta Sospiro, Emilia Romanga

  • The Trebbiano grape gives a good balance between scent and taste. A simple and light easy wine to drink

 

Red: Sangiovese Rubicone, Rometta, Emilia Romanga

  • A simple easy drinking wine with aroma of blackberries and notes of spice to the palate and a velvety dry finish

 

Host

 

Alexis Conran

Alexis Conran is best known as the man who identifies, uncovers and helps protect businesses and individuals against scams. As writer and presenter of the highly acclaimed BBC TV show, The Real Hustle, he is in the rare position of being able to advise and educate even the most-foolhardy on issues surrounding security and risk in the real and virtual world, and identify the human behaviour, communication skills and confidence tricks that the world’s top scammers rely on to achieve their unscrupulous aims.

 

Alexis employs his knowledge of the dark and deceptive world of hustling, pickpockets and con-artists to speak candidly on the risks and security threats constantly faced by businesses, and to deliver important messages on the shrewdest ways to protect against the ever-increasing number of scams. His recent clients include IBM, the RSA Security Conference, Experian, RBS, Halifax, Aviva, Facebook, Porsche, Visa, The Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police Fraud in Action Unit.

 

He talks on a range of topics, including the psychology of deception and how the brain can be fooled by assumption, the anatomy of a scam with reference to how a handful of scams that have existed for thousands of years still catch people out and how to stay safe in an uncertain world with trust and transparency. In addition, he explores the necessary credentials to become the best salesman in your team/the world, why systems fail with relation to the human face of security, the art of confidence, and story telling.

 

Currently hosting his own weekly show, The Radio Hustle on Talk Radio, and co-starring in the new Dave show, THE JOY OF TECHS, and also contributes to ITV’s This Morning and BBC Radio 4 and 5Live. You might also recognise him as the champion of Celebrity MasterChef in 2016.