Gala Dinner


Designed to drive forward and promote the Construction sector in the region. Kent Construction EXPO celebrates this exciting industry and is the place to network, debate, discover new innovations and ultimately celebrate excellence. The Construction EXPO Gala Dinner taking place on the evening of 4th October is your opportunity to talk, plan, learn, network and do business with the Kent construction community.

Individual tickets are £49 +VAT, this includes reception drink, three course meal and after dinner speaker. A table of 10 is £480+VAT. 

Dress attire: Smart/business wear or lounge suits for men (male and female changing facilities will be available onsite).

This year the gala dinner is sponsored by Willmot Dixon. The champagne reception prior to the gala dinner is sponsored by DHA Planning.




 5.00pm Cash bar opens
 6.00pm Champagne reception
 7.00pm Introduction from Jo James and Willmott Dixon 
 7.20pm Dinner
 9.40pm Guest speaker - Martin Bayfield, Former England Ruby Player
10.10pm Closing remarks - Jo James, Chief Executive, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
10.45pm Event Close 


Guest speaker -  Martin Bayfield, Former England Rugby Player

At 6'10" Martin Bayfield was one of the tallest men in rugby, a gift he used to full advantage as one of England's most potent forwards. After retiring, his height helped him secure the part of Robbie Coltrane's body double as the giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

On the field Martin enjoyed a successful international career, winning 31 England caps and two Grand Slams. He played in the World Cup in South Africa and was selected to represent the British Lions in New Zealand. Injury finished his career just as the game turned professional (as an amateur he combined playing with his job in the police), and he found himself uncomfortable in a coaching role. Luckily, a chance encounter with a film executive led to an invite to the set of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone where the production needed someone who might pass as a giant. His two weeks of work as an extra led to over 20 weeks of work as an actor across the whole film series.

Martin's brush with Hollywood was the start of a new career, with more acting roles and a move into TV presenting. He's since become an established member of the BT Sport and ITV Sport commentary teams. He's fronted coverage of the NFL and The World's Strongest Man contest, and joined the presenting team on Crimewatch. He's even tried his comedic skills at the Edinburgh Fringe.

A natural and accomplished host and a hugely entertaining speaker, with impeccable comic timing. Martin appeals to all audiences. He covers serious points on how teams operate and individuals thrive when they are encouraged to push the boundaries of their responsibilities. He also recounts entertaining tales from the rugby pitch to the film set to the police force.

"Martin's speech was very much appreciated - a great night!" - AXA
"We had great feedback from everyone who attended" - Royal Mail

9.00am - 4.30pm

Networking Breakfast:
7.30am - 9.00am

Gala Dinner:
Reception 6.00pm
Dinner served 7.00pm

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