Mixed fortunes on Countrywide tour

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UK’s £29bn Railways Pension Scheme names new trustee chair

first_imgPrevious experience includes 12 years as head of pensions at Network Rail, where he was responsible for the management and operation of the UK rail network operator’s defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.Hannon’s appointment will be effective from next Tuesday, 19 March. Chris Hannon has been appointed chair of the trustee board for the UK railways sector’s £29bn (€33.5bn) pension provider.  He will replace John Chilman, who will become the new chief executive of RPMI Railpen, the in-house manager for the Railways Pension Scheme (RPS), in the summer.As the new chair of the trustee board, Hannon will oversee the stewardship of RPS, RPMI Railpen, and the scheme’s pension administration business.He has been a trustee director of the RPS since 2005 and is also pensions director for the UK and European region companies of Genesee & Wyoming, a US owner and operator of freight railroads. Chris HannonTrustee director John Mayfield, who oversaw the selection process, said: “Chris’ vast knowledge and experience of the RPS and the pensions industry in general is undoubted.“His contribution since 2005 as a trustee has been enormous and we’re delighted at his appointment. He has the full support of his fellow trustees and is committed to our mission of paying members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably.”Hannon said: “I’m delighted to be taking up the role as chair and thank my fellow trustees for their support and confidence.“I look forward to bringing continuity of support and focus for those members, developing strong partnerships to ensure we continue to deliver against our mission.”last_img read more

Second Anniversary Celebration July 7th : Uncork & Unwind

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0July 8, 2010 – what a momentous day for Uncork & Unwind.  It’s the day we official opened our doors to the public.  Thank goodness we followed the advice of our friends and family and did a soft opening on July 6 and 7 – boy did we ever learn a ton in those two days!  It’s fun to sit here and reminisce over the last two years.  The one word that comes to mind is change.  Where Uncork & Unwind started to where it is today is incredible to think about.  The evolution of the main dining room, wine flights, menu updates…oh the list can go on and on.Uncork & Unwind has been blessed to meet some of the most amazing people.  There is a saying above our French doors – Enter as guests, leave as friends.  This has become a motto for Uncork &Unwind.  Our Uncork & Unwind family grows everyday – from new wine makers, wineries, vendors and most importantly our guests.  Uncork & Unwind wouldn’t be the place it is today without the support of all of our friends and family – new and old alike.Moving forward two years – Saturday July 7, 2012 – Our second anniversary party.  Oh the possibilities for the day are endless.  Come help us celebrate Uncork & Unwind’s anniversary starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. We will have six Washington wineries and one Washington brewery featured:Arbor Crest Winery (Spokane WA) – http://www.arborcrest.com/Bateaux Cellars (Toledo, WA) – http://bateauxcellars.com/Cor Cellars (Lyle, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Hard Row to Hoe (Lake Chelan, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Tagaris Winery (Richland, WA) – http://www.tagariswines.com/Walter Dacon Winery (Shelton, WA) – http://www.walterdaconwines.com/7 Seas Brewing (Gig Harbor, WA) – http://7seasbrewing.com/Admission is $20 per person and includes a souvenir logo Wine Glass and 10 tastes.  Each winery will be pouring 4 wines and the brewery will have on tap 3 beers.There will also be live entertainment starting at 2 p.m. and will also continue through to 10 p.m.First act will be John Jamieson from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  John Jamieson has a rich musical heritage and over 30 years of performing.  John is a gifted and accomplished artist who blends soothing vocals and acoustic guitar styling’s in a way that appeals to a wide audience. His repertoire includes today’s popular tunes as well as enduring hits from the past few decades.  John likes to play and sing songs that have personal meaning to him and he believes resonate with people. Typical genres include jazz, blues, rock, country, pop and gospel.  In addition to cover songs, John plays original music that gives a window into the soul of the artist.  A Tumwater resident and father of four adult children, John’s work expresses itself through the relevancy of his life’s experiences.  He believes his musical talent is God-given and enjoys performing it with passion and purpose.Second act will be NW Roads from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Northwest Roads is the collaborative musical effort of Wendy Music and Jim Sanders. Jim is a lifelong musician from Western Washington and Wendy settled in the Pacific Northwest after traveling the globe. Their music is a soulful blending of the dynamic vocals of Wendy and the intricate percussive guitar work of Jim. They play a wide range of music from Traditional Celtic to Acoustic Rock to Blues to Classical to modern covers of Lady Gaga and Adele. They are sure to have at least one tune that you know and will find yourself singing along with. Combine this with storytelling and audience interaction and you have a recipe for fun.So come out, bring your friends, enjoy some amazing wines, beers and music.  And if you can’t find someone to join you, come any way, we’ll find someone for you to sit with; after all it’s about making new friends.last_img read more