We are excited to announce the BCO Northern Lunch will be held on Friday, 8 March 2024! The networking lunch will be held at The Guildhall; a stunning medieval building nestled in the heart of York.

Start Date / Time 08 Mar 2024 12:00
End Date / Time 08 Mar 2024 15:00
Venue The Guildhall, St Martin’s Courtyard, Coney St, York YO1 9QL
National Yes
Region Northern England, North Wales and NI
Available to Non Members Yes
Members Price £95.00 ex VAT (£114.00 inc VAT)
Non-member Price £95.00 ex VAT (£114.00 inc VAT)


Steeped in centuries of tradition, the Guildhall has been recently restored by the City of York Council and offers a captivating space to host the BCO's first Northern Lunch. Come and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere whilst networking with your peers over a three-course meal.

This event promises to offer attendees the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and share insights into the future of the workplace.

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Individual ticket: £95 + VAT 

Table of 10: £950 + VAT




Bookings are now closed.


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Gerald Jennings


Gerald is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the property sector for over 30 years. He joined Land Securities in 1999 after spending 14 years with the Burton Group formerly known as Arcadia, where he was responsible for the company’s property portfolio throughout the UK. Prior to stepping down in 2015, Gerald was Land Securities’ Retail Portfolio Director based in the company’s Leeds office.

 Gerald is a passionate member of the business community and has also been actively involved in several social enterprises and charities. Amongst his roles he was Chairman of the contemporary art gallery at The Tetley and a Non-Executive Director at the Ahead Partnership. He helped set up and introduce the Leeds BID and was a Governor at the Leeds City College group (now known as the Luminate Group) until the new campus at Quarry Hill in Leeds was developed and opened in 2019.

He became President of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and subsequently Chairman of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber until 2019. 

 He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Henry Boot PLC, the Chairman of Social (Leeds), and Chairman of the Morley Town Deal Board. He runs his own property investment and consultancy business, G R Jennings Properties Ltd.

Rick Lee

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Rick Lee is the NW&Y retrofit leader for Arup, and he will be sharing his experience of delivering the challenging refurbishment of the Grade I listed York Guildhall complex. Rick will cover the history of the site, the challenges the client, consultant and contractor teams overcame to secure the next stage of this iconic building.

Rick is a structural engineer who specialises in retrofit and heritage projects and led the Arup team civil and structural team for over 7 years on the York Guildhall refurbishment. 


1. Confirmation of booking: Bookings are only accepted with full payment in advance. Your table booking is not guaranteed until you have received written confirmation from Createvents. If you do not receive written confirmation within 10 working days, please contact us on 01183 340085.
2. Cancellation policy: Unfortunately due to commitments with the venue, we are unable to offer refunds. The BCO are unable to raise invoices in advance for payment but will issue a VAT receipt after payment has been received.
3. Special dietary requirements: Instructions on how to order will be sent with your wine ordering information. Simply complete and return as instructed on the form. This form must be received at least 1 week prior to the event; otherwise, charges will apply and it may not be possible to take care of the specific requirements of any guest. 
4. Alterations: It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to alter the venue or the date of the event. We will give you as much notice as we can and your booking will be transferred to the new venue or date.
5. Event cancellation: If we cancel the function we will refund all booking fees paid. We do not, however, accept liability for travelling, accommodation, or any other expenses incurred as a result of any cancellation or postponement of the event.
6. Loss or Damage: Our liability for loss or damage incurred as the result of cancellation or postponement of the event is limited to the amount of your booking fee.
7. Guest speaker: The guest speaker is subject to change as a consequence of illness, accident or other reasons beyond our control. In such a circumstance a suitable replacement will be found.
These terms and conditions are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.