The Award Ceremony – North Cheshire Business Awards

De Vere Cranage Estate

A Grade II listed hotel and banquet venue in Holmes Chapel

Formerly the country seat of the Armitstead family, De Vere Cranage Estate is still very much a rural retreat today, tucked away in a peaceful corner of North Cheshire. Designed by celebrated British architect Lewis Wyatt, red brick, warm yellow sandstone, and pretty green lawns wait to greet you at this handsome building.

Here 21st-century style complements the rich heritage of the building creating an eclectic mix of historic and new. And with a choice of traditional and modern spaces, the house offers a wonderful backdrop for celebrating all that is good about doing business here in North Cheshire.

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The Itinerary

6.45 – Champagne Reception

7.15 – Opening by your host Hugh Ferris

7.20 – Welcome from the CEO of North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, Terry Hayward

7.25 – This Year’s Charity – Just Drop-in

7.30 – Dinner served

9.15 – Guest Speaker – Christopher Doneth-Hillier

9.45 – Awards Ceremony

11.00 – Charity Raffle and Auction

11.15 – Closing speeches

11.25 – Dancing

1.00 – Carriages

Hugh Ferris

Hugh Ferris is a presenter for BBC Sports News, having worked in the broadcast industry for more than 20 years. His experience on television and radio includes more than a decade with BBC radio and television: he appears on BBC One, BBC Breakfast and the BBC News Channel, while he’s also presented on Radio 5 Live, the World Service, and the Radio 2 Breakfast Show with both Zoe Ball and previously Chris Evans.

Hugh has been based in Manchester since 2002, and in reporting on Manchester United and Manchester City for commercial radio in the city attended three Champions League finals, four FA Cup finals, and four League Cup finals; he’s also reported on ten Premier League triumphs, most recently City’s victory in 2021 which ended an 11-year spell of hosting the club’s match day television show, broadcast live at the ground.

Prior to joining the BBC, Hugh hosted at the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome during London 2012, as well as at an Ashes cricket series and ICC Champions Trophy; and from 2016 until 2022 he presented the Set Piece Menu Podcast, which was nominated three times for a Football Supporters Association Award.

Christopher Doneth-Hillier

Christopher is an ex Royal Air Force, now commercial pilot as well as a human performance specialist. Operating under his brand OODA LOOP he helps businesses get the best from their people through training and speaking on a range of Human Performance subjects directly linked to his training and experience as a pilot.

Reaching the rank of Squadron Leader, Christopher followed his dream of becoming a Royal Air Force pilot by making the bold move of joining straight from school at 18 years old and was the youngest pilot in the RAF at the time.

His early career as a Special Forces pilot involved several tours of Afghanistan conducting Counter Terrorism operations before moving on to VIP flying for the Prime Minister and Royal Family which often involved flights into warzones. It was during this time that Christopher completed a degree with the Open University and frequently found himself writing essays whilst taking incoming enemy fire!

On promotion, Christopher commanded a base in the Middle East before returning to the UK as a strategic military planner with a keen focus on the emerging threat from Russia.

Christopher returned to flying in the Air Refuelling role, conducting missions in the fight against ISIS before commanding the UK’s State VIP jet, ‘Vespina’ for the Royal Family and Prime Minister.

After 22 years of service, Christopher flies for a major airline and with a passion for Human Performance, his mission is helping organisations to gain the leading edge by sharing his knowledge and experience across all sectors of industry.

Christopher has a 5 year old son and in his spare time flies vintage aeroplanes and plays tennis.

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