Below is everything you need to know about this evening, including the menu and wine, your host and our special guest.
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
10.00pm: Awards ceremony. It’s time!
Blue cheese mousse and poached pears
Served with tomato chutney, walnuts and herbs dressing
Braised lamb shank
served with root vegetables, scallion mash and rosemary jus
Cumin Scented Ratatouille (v)—must be ordered in advance
Served with grilled haloumi cheese, stuffed with flat mushroom and cilantro infused tomato sauce
Crème brûlée tart with pistachio crisps
White: Pinot grigiodelle Venezie, Corte Vigna
Red: Merlot, Tekena
Host: Zoe Lyons
Host of BBC2’s quiz – Lightning. A regular on Have I Got News for You (BBC1), QI (BBC2), and Mock the Week (BBC2). TV also includes Live at the Apollo (BBC1), Stand Up and Deliver (C4), House of Games (BBC2), Funny Festival Live (BBC2), Guessable (Comedy Central), The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC2), Hypothetical (Dave), Between the Covers (BBC2), Celebrity Eggheads (BBC2), University Challenge The Graduates (BBC2), The Blame Game (BBC1 NI), The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC), Dave Gorman’s Terms and Conditions Apply (Dave), Pointless Celebrities (BBC1), The One Show (BBC1), Room 101 (BBC2) Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave) and the winner of Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1).
Zoe is an immediately recognisable voice on Radio 4. A regular on The News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Unbelievable Truth and The Now Show, plus her own four part series Passport Paddy. Radio also includes Breaking the News, The Good the Bad and the Unexpected, Fred MacAulay at The Stand, The Frank Skinner Show and The Jason Manford Show. Podcasts include Walking the Dog, An Hour or So with Sue Perkins, James Acaster Stay Home Special Series and The Guilty Feminist.
Branded content / partnerships include Sky 1 and TUI’s mockumentary Sun, Sea & Spats, as well as working extensively for Dell, Perspective Publishing, hosting the So You Think You’re Funny Awards for the Gilded Balloon and the final of the Funny Women competition.
Zoe is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival with shows such as Entry Level Human, Mustard Cutter and Little Miss Misfit, all of which have toured the UK and been praised by critics and audiences alike. She has also performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Latitude, Kilkenny and Pride Festivals. She also hosts her own award winning monthly comedy night in Brighton: Bent Double.
Zoe is an award winning stand-up, winner of Dave’s Joke of the Fringe, Comedian’s Comedian of the Year, and The Funny Women Award, as well as being nominated for the Edinburgh Best Newcomer Comedy Award.
Zoe is a trained actor, who performed the lead part in the play An Act of God at the Vaults in London in 2019. Theatre also includes Outings at the Gilded Balloon, Hedda Gabler at the Workhouse Theatre and Shut Up I’m Your Mother at the Gilded Balloon.
Zoe’s hobbies include diving, ultra- marathons, paddle-boarding and her chosen specialist subjects on Celebrity Mastermind were Quentin Crisp and Jacques Cousteau. On her socials, she talks about a variety of topics including her alopecia, wild swimming and her trusted companion, Groucho Barks the Jack Terrier.
Special guest: Ron Kalifa OBE
Ron Kalifa OBE is chairman of Network International, a FTSE company, and chairman of FutureLearn. He is a non-executive director of the Court of Directors to the Bank of England and is a member of the Council of Imperial College, London.
Ron was appointed to the board of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as an independent non-executive director in November 2020 and also sits on The HundredBoard.
Ron was invited to lead an independent Fintech Strategic Review for the UK at the request of the chancellor. The report was published on 26 February 2021. Additionally, Ron is a member of the Build Back Better Business Council, which is co-chaired by the prime minister and the chancellor.