Guest speaker announced

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) 2017 BWF Annual Dinner and Awards on November 24 will be hosted by well-known English football referee Graham Poll. 

Graham Poll is a regular in the media and an acclaimed after-dinner speaker.

While his achievements are considerable, including refereeing the last FA Cup Final at the original Wembley stadium in 2000 and becoming the first referee to reach the milestone of 300 Premier League matches, Graham will always be remembered for issuing one player (Croatian Josip Šimunić) with three yellow cards at a World Cup match during the 2006 final competition in Germany.

Educated at Alleyne’s School in Stevenage, Poll left education to follow a successful sales career. He left full time employment in 1999 due to his dedication to achieving world recognition in football. Before becoming a full time professional referee, Poll started his own business with fellow referee, Graham Barber, developing an internet site for which they negotiated the sale of £1.5m in 2001.

Graham was the English representative at two World Cups, UEFA Euro 2000, and refereed the 2005 UEFA Cup Final. He was regarded as one of the most prominent referees in the Premiership and retired from refereeing with 26 years of experience and a career spanning over 1,500 matches.

This year the BWF Annual Dinner and Awards night is back in London for 2017 and will be held at the Drapers’ Hall in the heart of the City.

A formal dinner with a relaxed atmosphere, the event is an opportunity for BWF members and their guests to network, and celebrate achievements in the sector.

The BWF Annual Dinner and Awards is sponsored by Accoya, Teknos, W18 Exhibition, Didac and CITB. All those shortlisted for the awards will receive a free ticket to the event.