The Northern Chapter will be hosting their fourteenth Awards dinner in 2017 to announce their regional winners and celebrate excellence in office space in the North of England, North Wales and Northern Ireland.

Start Date / Time 05 Apr 2017 19:00
End Date / Time 05 Apr 2017 23:00
Venue The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
Category BCO Awards
National No
Type Awards
Available to Non Members Yes


This year the dinner will be returning to The Lowry Hotel in Salford, Manchester. Guests will enjoy pre-dinner drinks and will then be seated for a 3-course meal and entertainment from a guest speaker.

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Reverend Richard Coles is a priest of the Church of England and Vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, where two of his ancestors were vicars in the 17th century (the latter sequestered for malignancy). He has a parallel career in broadcasting and currently co-presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. He appears regularly on television as a panellist on QI and Have I Got News For You. He was robbed of a place in the finals of Celebrity Masterchef 2016 by a shoddy Queen of Puddings. Richard also appears in the Pause For Thought slot on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC 2. In 2017 Richard will also be hosting The Big Painting Challenge for the BBC.

Richard read Theology at King’s College London, and after ordination worked as a curate in Lincolnshire and subsequently at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, in London. He is known for having been the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band, The Communards, which achieved three Top Ten hits, including the Number 1 record and best-selling single of 1986, a club/dance version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”.

He is the author of Lives of the Improbable Saints and Legends of the Improbable Saints, accounts of some of the more vivid and surprising holy men and women of Christian history. Weidenfeld & Nicolson published the first volume of his autobiography, Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit, to wide acclaim in October 2014 and the paperback was published in September 2015. Richard’s second book, Bringing in the Sheaves: Wheat and Chaff from my years as a Priest, was published in 2016. His academic thesis, on the Greek text of the Epistle to the Ephesians, rests unread in Leeds University library.

He is a board member of the local housing association, Wellingborough Homes, and has a particular interest in housing matters. He also has four dachshunds.






£125 +VAT per place
£1,250 +VAT per table of 10

Bookings can be made by downloading the form and returning to Createvents:

Clare Davies, BCO Awards, Createvents, 
450 Brook Drive, Reading, Berkshire RG2 6UU