Annual Dinner 2020

Friday, 7th February 2020

Some 960 energy practitioners attended our 2020 Annual Dinner at the EICC, Edinburgh and had a fantastic evening being entertained by Principal Speaker Helima Croft (Global Head of Commodity Strategy Global Research at RBC Capital Markets) and legendary impressionist Jon Culshaw.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2021 Annual Dinner has been cancelled.  We will reconvene for our 2022 dinner on the eve of one of the rugby internationals in February / March once the fixture schedule has been announced.  This will be held at the EICC again.

To obtain further details and to register your interest in attending please email: [email protected] You will receive an automated response with booking details.

Please note: Membership of the SEF is required to book a table or seat(s) at the Annual Dinner. To join the SEF follow this link


Helima Croft

Helima Croft, PhD, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodity Strategy Global Research, RBC Capital Markets
Principal Speaker

Helima is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets. She specializes in geopolitics and energy, leading a team of commodity strategists that cover energy, metals and cross-commodity investor activity. Helima is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a select group of individuals who advise, inform and make recommendations to the Secretary of Energy with respect to any matter relating to oil and natural gas. She also is a CNBC contributor, a member of the channel’s exclusive family of experts, is on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the Oxford Energy Policy Club. Helima joined RBC Capital Markets from Barclays, where she was a Managing Director and Head of North American Commodities Research. Prior to that, she worked in Lehman’s Business Intelligence group, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Central Intelligence Agency, where she focused on geopolitics and commodities. Helima has received many industry accolades throughout her career and received her PhD in economic history from Princeton in 2001.

Jon Culshaw

Legendary Impressionist
Guest Speaker

Warmly regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist, Jon Culshaw has a catalogue of over 350 voices from Donald Trump to Professor Brian Cox. Jon famously made headlines in 1998 when he was put directly through to Prime Minister Tony Blair after fooling the switchboard operators of No. 10 Downing Street with his impression of William Hague. Jon’s many TV appearances include Spitting Image, The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, ITV2’s animated topical sketch show Newzoids, and recent ITV panel show The Imitation Game. On radio, Jon is one of the leading cast members in long-running BBC Radio 4 comedy Dead Ringers. He has recently been touring the nation with Dead Ringers producer Bill Dare in The Great British Take Off – a night of unscripted, spontaneous comedy in which celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting!


Bookings for our Annual Dinner are limited to ‘Individual’ or ‘Corporate’ members of The Scottish Energy Forum.  New membership must be established prior to making your booking.  Contact us for membership information. [email protected]

All tables seat 10 people.  Corporate members who are sponsors of the SEF are entitled to book up to three full tables of 10 seats.

We hold a few tables for individual bookings. Individual members can book up to 4 seats at these tables. Individual members are not eligible to book full tables.

Please review the Booking Terms & Conditions before making your booking.

All bookings are by email only.  No booking requests by phone, fax, or in person will be processed. To book please email [email protected]


Dress is dinner jackets (black tie) with decorations. Kilts are acceptable.

06:30 p.m. Tray service drinks reception, Cromdale Hall
07:45 p.m. Guests called to dinner in Lennox Suite
08:00 p.m. President and guests led by a piper to top table
08:05 p.m. Welcome, President Nicola Gordon, The Scottish Energy Forum
08:15 p.m. Grace followed by Dinner
10:15 p.m. After dinner toasts (approx)
10:30 p.m. Principal Guest Speaker – Helima Croft
11:00 p.m. Guest Speaker – Jon Culshaw
11:30 p.m. Close, President
01:30 a.m. Last orders at Bars in Lennox Suite
02:00 a.m. Venue Close


Pricing Content

The cost of a corporate table of 10 seats is £1,500.00. 

Individual seats are available at £125.00 (you can book a maximum of 4 seats). 

VAT will be added to these costs on the invoice.

Bookings are non-refundable after Monday 28 October 2019.

Membership renewal for the 2019-2020 season will be billed on the invoice.

Corporate Sponsorship of the Annual Dinner is available at £1,500 in addition to costs for a corporate table.  VAT will be added to these costs on the invoice.

Finding Your Table at the Dinner

If you are a Table Host or guest, you will hear of your table number from your Table Coordinator who is managing the booking with the SEF.

People with individual bookings will hear from the Scottish Energy Forum prior to the event.

A poster with all names in alphabetic order and table numbers will be on display near the entrance to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).   It will indicate if the table is “stage left” or “stage right” (relative to the outward-looking speaker on the stage). 

You will also be able to find your name in the event programme.  

Below is the current table plan for the event.