We are very excited about our upcoming fundraising dinner to benefit Aquabox on 6th November 2019! It will take place at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster at 7.30pm.
Aquabox is an incredible charity started by Rotarians in our own district, in Wirksworth, Derbyshire. They manufacture and send out life-saving water filters to people worldwide in times of great need such as war or natural diaster. It was our immediate past President Paul West’s nominated charity. Please watch this video, created by one of our own members, Alicia Reade.
About our guest speaker, Geoff Miller
Geoff Miller OBE is quite simply one of the most respected figures in English cricket. After an accomplished playing career with his native Derbyshire, Essex and, of course, at Test level with England, he became the first man to hold the chief position of National Selector when the ECB shelved the equivalent role of Chairman of Selectors in 2008.
Over the following five years, Geoff’s wise selection policy and choices led England on an incredible run of three successive Ashes victories and to the pinnacle of the world Test rankings before he finally retired in late 2013. His success in this role, and the contribution he made to English cricket as a player, was swiftly recognised when he awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.
Geoff debuted for Derbyshire in July 1973, having risen through the ranks of schoolboy cricket in Chesterfield, and his reputation grew as he racked up both runs from the bat and wickets from his tricky right-arm off-breaks. By 1976 his efforts were rewarded by being named Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year on the back of a season that saw him picked for England in the Test series against an ominous West Indies side that included the likes of Sir Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd CBE, Gordon Greenidge MBE, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts.
Geoff became an England stalwart over the next eight years alongside Sir Ian Botham, Mike Gatting OBE, Graham Gooch OBE, David Gower OBE and Bob Willis MBE during a period regarded by many as the most competitive Test cricket has ever been. By his last Test match in 1984 he had made 34 Test appearances, 14 in Ashes series, skittling 60 opponents and amassing over 1,200 runs, missing out on centuries by just two runs on two occasions. As the One Day International format came to prominence, Geoff appeared in 25 games, taking as many wickets.
He was appointed Derbyshire captain in 1979 and won the 1981 NatWest Trophy Final at Lord’s, the county’s first honour in 45 years. He played with his home county until 1987 and enjoyed a three year spell with Essex before returning to Derbyshire for a first-class swansong in 1990 and three seasons with Cheshire from 1991.
After retiring, his charisma and Test experience saw Geoff very much in demand as an after dinner speaker and he built a reputation for both his humorous anecdotes and insightful views into the game. That same insight led to him being appointed to the ECB’s Board of Selectors under the Chairmanship of David Graveney in 2000, where he was instrumental in putting together the historic 2005 Ashes winning squad. His success in the role saw him promoted to the new position of National Selector in 2008.
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sports by the University of Derby in 2010, Geoff Miller OBE is deeply immersed in Derbyshire sporting life. He has been President of Derbyshire County Cricket Club since 2014 and now devotes considerable time to both motivational and after dinner speaking. His lifelong experience of cricket, both on the field and behind the scenes, makes him one of the most knowledgeable characters in the game, with more than a few tales to tell.
And our guest comedian – John Siles
John Stiles is one of the most popular and busiest comedians on the after-dinner speaker circuit. He is a former Professional Footballer, having played for Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers, before injury cut short his career in the game. He is also very proud of the fact that his father is World Cup-winning hero & European cup winner Nobby Stiles MBE.
He was born in Manchester in 1964, after finishing his playing career on a high with Doncaster Rovers John went into the football agency industry, including working for the same Management Company that looked after the Spice Girls.
He then started working as an ‘After Dinner’ Speaker and Master of Ceremonies which then developed into him turning to the world of comedy where he has now established himself as one of the most popular acts on the circuit. John also prides himself on the fact that his act is very original and funny with a great emphasis on voices and impressions which sets him apart. He is also proud to say that he can cater for mixed and men-only audiences.
Whilst John is a regular choice for sporting dinners, where he has followed all the top speakers and big names, he is also perfect for golf day dinners, Rotary and Round Table dinners, cabaret evenings and company functions.
He is equally at home with either male-only or mixed audiences, with material to suit the requirement. John prides himself on the fact that his act is original and funny with voices and impressions to help set him apart.
And some testimonials for John Stiles…..
John Stiles is one of the funniest comedians we have had, his facial expressions and impersonations were hilarious and the audience were in stitches. He worked the members of the audience and found out who would be acceptable to receive the benefit of his wit and used that to included them in his act. Overall a first class comedian, who can entertain and hold an audience. Would fully recommend.
Mike Dorricott, Wellington Rotary Club
John, we were delighted with your performance at our sporting dinner last week. The response you received I think spoke for itself and the feedback after the dinner was excellent.
Steve Brooks, Cosby Golf Club
I am just dropping you a line to thank you very much for the fantastic performance you gave last week at our club. Your performance was very professional and extremely funny to a room full of guests, who gave us excellent feedback and have said how much they enjoyed the evening and how very funny you were.
Graham Sheldon, on behalf of Bishop Auckland St Mary’s Football Club
Thank you for a wonderful performance at our sporting dinner in Bristol. I think it goes without saying that the audience were delighted with your performance. The evening was a great success and I very much look forward to working with you again in the future.
Andy Brassington, Finders Keepers
Thank you for your contribution to our Annual Dinner. Everyone I have spoken to thoroughly enjoyed your performance.
Lindsay Moore, West Midlands Concrete Society
Thank you once again for your excellent contribution to our Sportsman’s Dinner. We were very impressed with your performance and would certainly recommend you to any other clubs.
Gary Meredith, Shirebrook Town Football Club
It was a terrific night and the feedback so far has been very positive indeed. Both Nobby and John were excellent and had the audience captivated the whole time.
Ian Jones, Bath City Football Club