Annual Dinner


FBI Annual Dinner 2013

EllisWatson_opt98Ellis Watson is Chief Executive of DC Thomson, one of the world's largest family owned media groups and one of the two speakers at our last annual business dinner.  He was previously global CEO of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony - running the global format and commercial strategies for X Factor and Got Talent, as well as the recorded music businesses.

The Syco appointment followed spells on the board of Menzies and FirstGroup, the huge public transport operator with brands from First Great Western to America's Greyhound Bus network. Before that he was at the helm of Mirror Group Newspapers, running five national titles.

Ellis' first break came as a young Marketing Director at The Sun and The News of the World, moving on to take charge of the new digital business and reporting directly to Rupert Murdoch. After ten years at News Corporation he became CEO of Celador International - licensing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? to 100 countries and overseeing 130 consumer products.

He lives in Scotland, has a 30" inside leg and is a surprisingly good dancer when drunk.


TanyaEwing37Tanya is the co-founder of Tayeco and the inventor of Ewgeco and one of the two speakers at our last business dinner

Having identified a need in the marketplace for a live energy monitor for both housing and business markets back in 2006, and despite not having a technology background, Tanya worked with a number of agencies to develop the initial concept and Intellectual Property.

Tanya came up with the device — which shows water, gas and electricity consumption at a glance — after receiving huge utility bills.

The Ewgeco energy monitor will feature in a British Library exhibition on the country's 15 best creations of the last decade.

Tanya's story is an inspiation to the business community so make sure to book your ticket(s) (£35 each)!

"If you have a good idea, take it further otherwise you may always regret not knowing what might have been.." (Tanya Ewing)