Special Guests 2012

Jeff Banks

Jeff Banks

We are honoured to have Jeff Banks as our guest speaker for the day. Jeff’s career in fashion and design spans several decades. He was the co-founder of the Warehouse chain in 1970 and became a household name in the 1980s through the popular TV programmes Pebble Mill and the Clothes Show. He is renowned for his creative British design, is the creator of the British Fashion Council and has numerous fashion and honorary awards to his name.

In 1996, he created his own corporate-wear design company Incorporatewear that has won many design awards as a result of Jeff’s designs.

In December 2009, Jeff was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List by being made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). The citation was for services to fashion and charitable work. His work in the field of fashion continues with recent designs for the England Football team and the London 2012 Olympic bid.

Jeff is a great supporter of The Prince’s Trust and we are thrilled he can join us for this special event.


They are the singing secret that the stars have kept to themselves, the vocal group with a word-of-mouth reputation for spicing up the parties of supermodels, heads of state and billionaires with their blend of razor-sharp harmonies and jaw dropping beatboxing. But now, after selling out London’s legendary Roundhouse, a series of electrifying festival appearances and a starring role in the latest T-Mobile flash-mob advert The Magnets are emerging as one of the must see acts on the current British music scene.

Literally a ‘six-man sound machine’, The Magnets make all their music with their mouths alone, including the drums of vocal percussionist/beatboxer Andy Frost and the richly textured bass of Fraser Collins. However, this is no attempt to mimick instruments, but rather the blending of six distinctive voices to create a unique sound that rivals any band with guitars and keyboards.

At the heart of The Magnets music lies a gift for extraordinary arrangements that radically restyle and subvert songs from artists as diverse as Kraftwerk and Beyoncé. Highlights include a sun soaked lounge version of Blur’s ‘Girls & Boys’, an adrelnaline-fuelled mash up of ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ by Lenny Kravitz and Fat Boy Slim’s ‘Weapon of Choice’ and the band’s trademark mega-medleys, currently a showstopping A – Z of movie themes from A-Team to Zulu. In concert, The Magnets marry musical sophistication with a road seasoned theatricality that suffuses their shows in imaginative choreography, engaging humour and plenty of audience participation.
Matt Lee Alliston

Matt Lee Alliston

Matt has worked with the likes of Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight and is looking forward to working with “The Ladies Who Rock”!

Matt, owner of the Panto Company based in Northumberland, has been performing since the tender age of 6. As a very young man he appeared on the world famous Palladium stage in The Pirates of Penzance and the musical Buddy working with household names
such as Wayne Sleep and Dora Bryan.

After recording with Riverside Studios in Germany, Matt became Children’s Production Manager for the Rank Group UK where he wrote and performed alongside Noel Edmonds, Bobby Davro, Marty Wilde, Alvin Stardust and the Bay City Rollers. In 1998, Matt became Director of Entertainment USA, where the performers were legendary. Gladys Knight, Kool and the Gang, Smokey Robinson and Ben E King were all performers in Matt’s lavish shows.

He returned to the UK to put down roots for his young family and together with his wife started their company with a grant from The Prince’s Trust. The company, which is part of The Stage and Production House, produces shows across the UK for companies such as Centre Parks, McDonald Hotels, Village Hotels and the Copthorne chain. Beginning in November 2012, their recently opened USA office is starting a tour of children’s shows.

Ladies Who…are privileged to have Matt as Master of Ceremonies for this rocking good day.
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