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CML Scotland annual dinner 2016


6 October 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Venue: Prestonfield House, Edinburgh
Price: £1050 +VAT table of 10, £110 +VAT single ticket - members
£1550 +VAT table of 10, £160 +VAT single ticket - non-members
CML Scotland annual dinner 2016

About this event

The CML Scotland annual dinner is the Scottish mortgage industry's biggest networking event of the year and was attended by over 220 industry professionals this year.

A selection of photos from this year's highly successful event.

Dress code

The dress code for this event was business dress/lounge suits

Feedback from attendees:

  • "It was a great night!"
  • "Main course was outstanding!"
  • "Excellent after dinner speaker !!!"
  • "Great venue which was well presented"
  • "Excellent food"
  • "Excellent dinner and food was great"
  • "Quality"

Running order

1830 - 1930


Drinks reception

1930 - 1950


All seated for welcome speeches

CML Scotland Chair's welcome: Carol Anderson, Scotland Branch & Business Banking Distribution Director, TSB 

Sponsor's welcome: Sidney Wager, Intermediary Partnerships Director, Barclays

CML address: Paul Smee, Director General, Council of Mortgage Lenders

1950 - 2200


Dinner is served


Smoked hake fillet, smoked salmon mousse, cod brandade, spiced potato salad, leeks and citrus dressing (Vegetarian option:San Marzano cherry tomato and buffalo mozzarella fine tart, sun-blushed tomato and basil pestos, goat's curd sherbet, provencal herb salad)


First of the season pheasant boudin, wrapped in bacon. smoked celeriac, mustard poached pear, savoy cabbage, thyme fondant, pear cider jus (Vegetarian option: Autumn vegetable strudel smoked celeriac, mustard poached pear, savoy, cabbage, thyme fondant, pear cider jus) 


Apple crumble, bramble compote, vanilla ice cream


Chardonnay Cannalichio




Prize draw & after dinner speaker: Willie Allan




The CML will not use the details of your guests for anything other than the creating of the delegate list for this event. The delegate list - containing names and organisations only - will be issued in advance to table bookers, single ticket holders and the sponsor(s) but will not be released to anyone else. Contact details will never be shared with third parties.


Carol Anderson

Chair, CML Scotland

Carol Anderson is the Branch & Business Banking Distribution Director for TSB in Scotland.  She has responsibility for the TSB branches in Scotland and theDirect Business Banking proposition for the UK.   Carol has over 35 years experience in Banking covering a variety of roles, including managing mortgages through a period of significant regulatory change.





Sidney Wager

Intermediary Partnerships Director, Barclays

Sidney Wager is responsible for the successful delivery of the end-to-end broker journey for all our intermediary partners. 

Sidney is a multi-disciplined and innovative leader with over 20 years of financial services experience, holding positions in Customer Network, Regional and Head Office departments. His exposure to the many different facets of the organisation has ensured his primary customer focus is partnered by a strong strategic awareness.

He has an extremely strong and proven track record of delivering sustainable business growth and successfully leading motivated and talented teams through organisational change.



Paul Smee

Director General, Council of Mortgage Lenders

Paul Smee became Director General of the Council of Mortgage Lenders on 1 August 2011. Previously, he was Chief Executive of UK Payments, a post which he held for six years.

Paul set up, and was the first Chief Executive of the UK Payments Council, which sets strategy for collaborative payments in the UK. He was very involved with the introduction of the Faster Payments Service in 2008, the first new payment system in the UK for 25 years; and in the production of the UK’s National Payments Plan.

Before payments, Paul was the first Director General of the Association of IFAs, the representative body for the community of independent advisors which was formed in 1999. He also was instrumental in the formation of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries. 

During his earlier career, Paul worked for the London Stock Exchange, the Association of British insurers and the Independent Television Commission. He started his working life at the Department of Trade and Industry. 

Criona Knight

Corporate Fundraising Manager, Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

Criona Knight has worked for CHAS for 7 years, for the last 5 years she has been Corporate Fundraiser within the organisation working with CHAS corporate partners. She has recently become the Corporate Fundraising Manager, manages a team of two Corporate Fundraisers and is really looking forward to developing corporate support across Scotland.


After dinner speaker: Willie Allan

Willie Allan is a superb and popular after dinner speaker.

Born in Edinburgh and brought up in Dunfermline, Willie has been a Physical education teacher since 1984. A principal Teacher of Phsical Education at Buckhaven High School in Fife, Willie has been surrounded by sport over the years, primarily with rugby but also with golf and tennis. 

Willie has re-established the game of rugby at Buckhaven High School with the formation of the Internationally famous Buckhaven Sharks! Along with his dedicated staff within the PE Department, extra curricular sport is now thriving at Buckhaven High School.

A keen sportsman, Willie spent 13 seasons as a non-tackling stand-off with Dunfermline Rugby Club. He has also represented the North and Midlands. Unfortunately Willie was forced to give up the game due to a serious knee injury. He has since concentrated his efforts in coaching. 

Willie has been on the after dinner speaker circuit since 1992. He has performed at a variety of venues and top hotels throughout the UK however, the vast majority of his work is in the corporate market where 'The Herald' described him as probably the best after dinner speaker in Scotland He is comfortable chairing a function, directing an auction, and is equally at home with a mixed audience. At a recent dinner 'The Scotsman' described his contribution as a virtuoso performance and 'The Times' stated that he was a very funny man 

As a school teacher in the East of Fife, Willie also obtains a considerable amount of source material from his experience with 'young people'! Willie uses humour as a vehicle to deliver a variety of messages, encouraging people to think differently. 


Barclays is a committed, intermediary focused mortgage lender, with an innovative product range to help a variety of clients from first time buyers to high-net-worth. Partners have access to useful online tools and excellent service & support provided by a knowledgeable team,  including two intermediary dedicated centres in Cardiff and Liverpool. You can be confident when you place your client’s mortgage business with us.

For more information, please visit   


Children's Hospice Association Scotland


Prestonfield House

Priestfield Road
EH16 5UT


By car: Please use EH16 5UT as the SatNav postcode. There is free car parking onsite.

By rail: Prestonfield House is a 5-minute taxi ride away from Edinburgh Waverley station

By bus: Bus numbers 2, 14 & 33 run to within 1/2 a mile of Prestonfield House

For more detailed directions, please see the venue website.

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Photos from the CML Scotland annual dinner 2016

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