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Connect National Conference & 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Awards

“.. a Day of WOWS! with an Evening of Sparkle!..”

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Reserve Your Place at the Event of the Year!

Oct 5th 2023


Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s

"..a Day of WOWS!.."

The conference theme, “A Day of WOWS!” emphasises a different approach to understanding the reasons behind our work, exploring opportunities, envisioning potential outcomes, and highlighting the specialist support provided by Connect to help grow businesses.

The future of the mortgage, protection, housing, and property industry is seen as a growth opportunity. By embracing new ideas and doing things differently, members will have the chance to tap into untapped opportunities. The conference aims to inspire participants to think outside the box and consider the potential results that can be achieved by adopting innovative approaches.


Inset photos from Connect National Conference 2022. Among our guest speaks was Kanya King, CEO and founder of MOBO ^

One of the key elements of the conference is the provision of specialist support by Connect. This support is geared towards helping businesses grow by offering guidance, expertise, and resources tailored to individual needs. Members can benefit from learning from experts, optimising relationships, and generating new business opportunities.


Pepper Money

Day time guest speaker

Katharine Birbalsingh is Headmistress and co-founder of Michaela Community School and Chair of the Social Mobility Commission. She is known as the ‘Britain’s Strictest Headmistress’, following the ITV documentary about Michaela. Michaela draws up to 1000 visitors a year from across the world.

In 2022, Michaela’s Progress 8 score placed the school top in the country. OFSTED has graded the school as “Outstanding” in every category.

Katharine read Philosophy & Modern Languages at The University of Oxford and has always taught in inner London. She has made numerous appearances on television, radio, podcasts and has written for several publications. Katharine has also written two books and edited another two, the last of which is The Power of Culture, about Michaela. Whether you agree with Katharine or not, she will make you think.

Katharine was appointed Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford in 2021 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2020.


" Evening of Sparkle..."

To wrap up the day of WOWS, Connect is organising its 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner. This special occasion promises an evening of Silver Sparkle and Celebration, providing an opportunity for guests to regroup, mingle, and reflect on Connect’s journey over the past 25 years.

The Gala Dinner is intended as a time to honour achievements and celebrate the progress made in the industry.



Guest appearances from...

Keelan Leyser | Virtual Illusionist and Digital Magician

As part of Connect’s bid to bring you a day full of the unexpected, we are thrilled to have one of the world’s most sought-after performers as part of the 2023 Conference. 

Keelan is a renowned tech magician, mentalist, digital illusionist, keynote speaker, quick change artist, and futurist, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading practitioners of the art. He is known for his innovative use of technology to create captivating illusions, combining elements such as iPads, drones, LED screens, robotics, AI, virtual reality, holograms, and social media to engage audiences in new and exciting ways.


Conference Agenda


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Why are we doing this?

The Conference and Gala Dinner has been exclusively commissioned for our valued Network Members. We encourage you to participate and celebrate Connect’s 25th Anniversary, acknowledging the achievements and advancements made over the years.

The Connect National Conference is designed to provide an engaging and informative experience for Members, creating an essential meeting and networking platform for industry players, facilitating collaboration, knowledge sharing, and business growth.

How to get there

The hotel is a walking distance from St Pauls, Blackfriars and Mansion House stations, providing links to other areas of London.

10 Godliman St,

020 7074 1000

Book a Hotel

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