About the Event
6.30pm - Champagne Reception
7.15pm - Guests move through to ballroom for the Awards
7.30pm - Welcome
7.40pm - Dinner
9.20pm - Awards ceremony and keynote speaker Katherine Grainger
11.00pm - Carriages
1.00am - Bar closes
Katie Derham is one of the UK's leading broadcasters. She spent 15 years of her broadcasting career in news and current affairs, first at the BBC and then as ITV News' youngest ever newsreader, where her role as anchor meant she covered everything from elections to royal weddings and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2010 she has been the face of the BBC Proms and a regular presenter on Radio 3, where she can be heard every weekday on Afternoon on 3. She also fronts music and arts documentaries both on television and radio. In September 2015 her professional life took a different and decidedly glittery direction when she took part in Strictly Come Dancing, reaching the final. 2015 also saw the launch of Peanut and Crumb, a production and media strategy company which Katie set up with the BAFTA nominated producer and director Jane Gerber. Katie is much in demand as a host of conferences and award ceremonies; her economics degree and early career as a business journalist makes her particularly popular in the business and finance worlds.
Katherine Grainger was born in Glasgow on the 12th November 1975 and is Great Britain's most decorated female Olympian. Katherine graduated in law from Edinburgh University, then went on to achieve an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics from Glasgow University, and in May 2013 completed a PhD in the sentencing of homicide at King's College, University of London.
Katherine took up rowing at Edinburgh University in 1993 and made such good progress she was awarded the Eva Bailey Trophy as their most outstanding female athlete in 1996 and again in 1997 when she won her first international Gold medal at the U23 World Rowing Championships.
She is the Honorary President of the Scottish Amateur Rowing Association and is a member of Edinburgh rowing club St Andrew Boat Club and a member of Marlow Rowing Club. She is also an honorary life member of Aberdeen Boat Club.
In November 2009, Katherine was named as Scottish Sportsperson of the Year and awarded the “Emirates Lonsdale Trophy” by Commonwealth Games Scotland, the first female to win this prestigious award, and in the process leaving such Scottish sporting luminaries as Andy Murray and Sir Chris Hoy in her wake.
In March 2015 Katherine was inaugurated as Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a role she will hold for a 7 year tenure. Katherine is eager to be part of shaping the future of the University and credits her own extensive time in academia for helping shape her rowing career.