With its origins in the Options for Change era of the early 1990s. The Liquid List was , in the main, intended to allow Service folk of ALL RANKS who are looking for a second career to meet others who have successfully made the move into the commercial world. In practice these events now offer a rewarding Business-to-Business event and a home for former Service folk who may again find themselves in the market.
“It was my first Liquid List event and I was very impressed with the calibre of attendees. UMBRA international is always looking for the best Service leavers to work for our Private & Family Office Private Clients and we will be coming back for sure! And what an impressive venue!” – Kate Bright, Managing Director UMBRA International http://www.umbrainternational.com/ March 2019
“Thank you for this progressive networking opportunity. Not knowing what to expect, I’ve found it really worthwhile. I had a post Liquid List meeting phone consultation with Mr Johnny Smith. It was really insightful to say the least, and just again emphasises the need for ‘non officers’ and all to take advantage of any opportunity to have a positive exchange with others. That conversation not only gave me clarity but also some valuable information. Thanks again for this opportunity. I should’ve attended a long time ago.”
Obi Okolo, October 2016
“When I left the Army two years ago the Liquid List was instrumental in shaping my thoughts about the role I wanted to undertake and assisted significantly in growing my network, for which I am extremely grateful”
Neil Marks, Army
“Without an informal forum like the Liquid List I think many would struggle to develop their networking skills, meet potential employers, and (like me) get a job. It’s an amazing event, at exactly the right tone, sufficiently tongue in cheek to make it fun, but serious enough to make it worthwhile”
Marcus Tivey, Newton Europe, Late RA 2015
“You don’t have to have joined The List to come along, it’s both a convivial and serious networking occasion for ex-Services”
John Basterfield RN 2011
When to Start: Networking takes many forms but the initial process is to research what the world has to offer. So, early in a Job Search campaign it is crucial to meet people who are working in functional areas that are of potential interest to a job seeker. This important process should start at least two years before leaving the Forces. There is no better place to get the resettlement rolling than the Liquid List.
There is no requirement to pre-book or register attendance, these events offer a drop in facility.
A fundamental principle is that these events are open to ALL RANKS, and their spouses, who have served, or are still serving, in any of the following:
Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force and their associated Reserves including the Cadet Forces, Commonwealth Armed Forces, NATO Armed Forces.
Attendees are advised to bring: A loaded wallet to buy drinks, an open mind and business cards without which networking is severely degraded.
Club Rules dictate that collar, tie and jacket must be worn in public areas. Some or all of these may be removed once inside our designated room.
Meetings take place on the FIRST Thursday of every month less every January when there is no meeting. Please make a note in your Diary now!
Doors Open at 1830 hours (early arrivals are at liberty to use the Members’ Bar on the First Floor with its associated balcony).
1900 hours: Guest Speaker
1910 hours: Introductions by In Business Attendees aka the speed dating phase.
1920-2100 hours: Networking
National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place SW1 2HE. This historic building is within a stone’s throw of Embankment Underground Station and Charing Cross Main Line Station and a short walk from Waterloo Station, lying mid-way between Embankment Tube Station and MOD Main Building. http://www.nlc.org.uk/
These events might be described as a ‘cocktail party with beer’ by which informality is meant. We are lucky to have access to a location that lends itself to an enjoyable evening which is only appropriate since networking should be fun.
The meetings take place either in the Lady Violet Room or the David Lloyd George Room but check with Reception.
A focal point for the evening is a short informal talk of some 10 minutes that, for the most part, is aimed at the resettlement needs of Job Seekers.
The next Meeting takes place on Thursday 5th March 2020.
Guest Speaker: David Mason, Interim Head of Talent Acquisition at Santander.
Guest Speaker Volunteers. Anyone wishing to take on the role of Guest Speaker is requested to contact Mike Nicholson using the form on our Contact Page.
Post Meeting Actions A full attendance list is circulated within 48 hours of a meeting to allow for follow-up networking. Job Seekers will also receive a Job Seekers’ Brief within 48 hours.
Sponsorship. Any company or organisation wishing to sponsor an evening should discuss terms with Mike Nicholson
Regional Chapters The Liquid List extends beyond London and details can be found at www.thelistuk.com