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5th Chartered CICES Burns Supper

Join CICES to Celebrate 50 Years of Surveying Excellence and commemorate Scotland’s best loved Bard at the CICES Annual Burns Supper returning for the 5th year in a row due to popular demand, proudly sponsored by Turner & Townsend, Arcadis, Driver Trett, Morrison Construction, Mott MacDonald, George Leslie Limited and Contract Scotland. Top table distinguished guests include Turner & Townsend UK Managing Director, Patricia Moore; Turner & Townsend Infrastructure Director, Richie Hayles; Scottish Water Head of Commercial Alan Fairweather; Scottish Water CEO Douglas Millican; George Leslie Limited Managing Director and Chairman of CECA David Ross,  Arcadis UK CEO Mark Cowlard, with more to be announced.
Ticket price includes performances by three of Scotland’s most renowned after dinner speakers currently on the circuit, and a traditional 4 course Scottish Supper.

Event speakers this year are:

Joyce Falconer :  Joyce was raised in Torry, a distinct area of Aberdeen famous for fish, flinty tongues and formidable characters.
She entertained from a young age earning her pocket money selling pies at Pittodrie in the Dons glory years.
She then went on to study drama at R.S.A.M.D in Glasgow where she won the ‘Duncan Macrae Memorial Prize for Scots Verse’ and subsidised her way through college as a singing telegram girl.
From Highland tours to Shakespeare at the Citizens Joyce has enjoyed a variety of theatre roles including Titania, Mary Magdelene, Jean Armour, Josie the Junkie and she made her maiden flight as Fairy Godmother in H.M.T Aberdeen’s Centenary Panto in 2005.
TV credits include Taggart, Crimefile, Cardiac Arrest 1&2 and Finney but it is her role of ‘Roisin’ in the BBC Scotland soap ‘River City’ for which she is most renowned.
Her facial expressions and unmistakable broad Scots tongue made her one of the soaps best loved and best kent characters guesting on ‘Offside’, ‘The Craig Hill Show’ and ‘Fred MacAulay’.
In 1995 Joyce was awarded ‘Bighearted Entertainer of the Year’ for her contribution to various charities and work in post-tsunami Sri Lanka.
Joyce has been chairwoman, MC, After-dinner speaker and entertainer at numerous corporate, Burns Nights and charity events performing stories, poems and songs in her warm inimitable style.

Sheriff Lindsay Wood : Lindsay Wood was born in Hamilton and was educated in Motherwell and Arbroath. He graduated LLB from Dundee University in 1977. He was appointed a Sheriff in Glasgow in 2003, having previously been a court solicitor for over 20 years. He was a partner and then managing partner of Thorntons, Solicitors, before he moved to the Bench. As a Sheriff in the busiest court in Europe, he deals with a wide variety of cases including civil actions, jury trials and Fatal Accident Inquiries.
He has presided in specialist courts in Glasgow including the commercial court and the drug court. He featured in a BBC documentary “Avalanche” which provided an insight into how the criminal justice system deals with the drug problems which society faces. He has spoken at drug conferences in the USA and Europe alongside former addicts Martin Sheen of the West Wing and Matthew Perry from Friends and his drug court has been favourably highlighted on Newsnight. He has assisted Norway, France, Italy, England and Northern Ireland in establishing Drug Courts. He has sat on various tribunals and charitable organisations and is currently an ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice in Glasgow. Until recently, he was the President of the Sheriffs’ Association of Scotland.
Outwith the law, so to speak, he spends time with his family and is a proud grandfather to Abi and Rosie. He enjoys sport, travel, music and reading and does his very best to maintain a sense of humour in a Glaswegian sea of adversity.

Andrew Cameron MBE : Andrew is the director of ceremonies for the evening. Born in 1940, Andy is a Scottish comedian, television and radio broadcaster. He entered show business when he was 32, initially working in clubs. In 1975 he came second in New Faces leading to several appearances on variety shows such as Live at Her Majesty’s with Jimmy Tarbuck and Tarby and Friends. He is probably best known for writing and performing the football anthem ‘Ally’s Tartan Army’ for the Scotland national football team’s appearance at the 1978 World Cup. It went to number six in the UK Singles chart and led to two appearances on Top of the Pops in 1978. 

Cost £450 exc VAT for a table of 8 guests or £56.25 exc VAT for individual tickets. Please specify any special dietary requirements on booking. Guests may wish to take advantage of discounted rates for wines and drinks packages and receive a 10% discount if ordered no later than 10 days prior to this event. Guests wishing to order drinks in advance or wish to stay at the hotel should contact the hotel directly on 01236 457171.
Dress code: This is not a black tie event. Guests discretion.
If you would like to be invoiced for a table rather than going through the CICES website, please contact admin@cices.org or call 0161 972 3100.

Event Running Order

Arrival Drinks, Carrick Suite  : 5.30pm
Entrance of Guests  : 6.30pm
Piping in of top table: Greg Stewart  : 6.45pm
Welcome: Director of Ceremonies, Andy Cameron
The Selkirk Grace: Andy Cameron
Burns Supper (first course)
Piping in the Haggis: Greg Stewart
Address to the Haggis: Andy Cameron
Burns Supper (resumption)
Andy Cameron
The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns/Toast to the Lassies: Sheriff Lindsay Wood
Reply to the Lassies: Joyce Falconer
Toast to Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors: CICES President
A Skirl o’ the Pipes: Greg Stewart
Networking until close, Carrick Suite

The event has kindly been sponsored by:
Arcadis, Contract Scotland, Driver Trett, George LeslieMorrison Construction, Mott MacDonaldTurner & Townsend

Speaker(s): Joyce Falconer, Sheriff Lindsay Wood and Andy Cameron

Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort

1 St Andrews Drive
G68 0EW

30th January


Starts: 5:30pm
Ends: 11:59pm

Sorry, booking for this event is now closed

Booking closed at 2:00pm, 28th January

Pricing information


For a table of 8 guests (price is inclusive of VAT)


Individual place (price is inclusive of VAT)

Contact information

For additional event information, please contact the following people:

Heather McGinty
0161 972 3100
CICES Region Event