The Liquid List

NEXT MEETING: Thursday 1st February 2018.  Guest Speaker will be from the Financial Services sector.

“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 amaz ing 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

The steaming orders for the Liquid List (London) are detailed below.  Before that, however, it might be worth reminding ourselves of the fabulous environment in which these ALL RANKS productive and enjoyable networking events take place:


Entrance. The information board details in which room the event will take place

There is a verandah with views of the River Thames and Embankment Gardens where attendees engage in pre-meeting networking chats.


All this within aIMG_0475 stone’s throw of Embankment Underground Station and Charing Cross Main Line Station and a short walk from Waterloo.  So there is no excuse for not being there!

The nationwide Liquid List meetings have been running in various guises since 1992 and have been sponsored by The List since 1995.  Although the Liquid List operates as an open house for All Ranks – former and serving – of the three Services, Membership of The List offers considerable added value both in Job Search and B2B terms.  Join at:           

THE LIQUID LIST has its origins in the Options for Change era. It 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.

Although the rules apply generally to all the Liquid List locations around the UK, those detailed below are outlined specifically for the London ‘Chapter’:

  • Date: First Thursday of every month (less January for liver reasons)
  • Location: National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place SW1 (mid-way between Embankment Tube Station and MOD Main Building)
  • Timings: Doors Open 1830 hours (early arrivals are at liberty to use the Members’ Bar on the First Floor with its associated balcony); 1900 hours Guest Speaker (ideally never to exceed 10 minutes) followed immediately by introductions – the speed dating phase ; 2100 hours Bar Closes
  • Attendance Guidelines: There is no need to inform anyone of attendance simply turn up any time before 2100 hours but ideally before 1850 hours. Attendees should arrive with – a loaded wallet to buy drinks, an open mind and business cards without which networking is severely degraded
  • Dress Code: 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
  • Ambience: These events might be described as a ‘cocktail party with beer’ by which informality is meant (to avoid confusion please note that other drinks are also available).  We are lucky to have access to a location that lends itself to an enjoyable evening which is a bonus since networking should be fun.  The meetings take place either in the Lady Violet Room or the David Lloyd George Room – see picture library below.
  • Job Search Team: Many rightly regard job search as a team effort and wives/partners are most welcome
  • 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 2 years before leaving the Forces
  • Sponsorship: Evenings can be sponsored – contact Mike Nicholson 01483 200 863 or 07746 960 211 or
  • Post Meeting Action: Within 48 hours all attendees will receive an e-mail offering contact details of all those who were there whereas all Job Seekers will receive a FREE Job Search Campaign Briefing Pack
    Monthly updates, in addition to The List:  Location:  It is a prestigious venue with a great ambience.  We are generally allocated The Lady Violet Room or The David Lloyd George Room.

Of course a great environment is only part of the deal – these events need people, both Job Seekers and In Business folk: