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Martin Johnson CBE
Anglo-American Cultural Award
Martin Johnson CBE regarded as one of the greatest rugby players ever to have played the game—having represented and captained Leicester, England and the British Lions in a career spanning 16 seasons.
Johnson made his debut for the Leicester Tigers in 1989 and for England in 1993. In 1997,
he was named as captain for the victorious British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, and then in 2001, became the first man to captain the Lions twice as he led the 2001 tour to Australia.
He became England captain in 1999, and subsequently led the team to win the 6 Nations Grand Slam in 2003 becoming the only captain from the Northern Hemisphere to win the Rugby World Cup. That memorable final was his 84th and final international match. Following this victory, he was awarded the CBE and placed second in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
During his club career he played 362 games for Leicester and captained the club as they won the 1997 Pilkington Cup, four consecutive Premiership titles between 1999-2002 and two European Cup titles in 2001 and 2002. He served as the England team manager from 2008 to 2011. Under his management, England won the 2011 Six Nations Championship, their first since 2003. That same year, he was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame at the World Rugby Awards alongside all other Rugby World Cup-winning captains and head coaches from the tournament.
British Leadership Award
Andy Byford was appointed President of New York City Transit (NYCT) in January 2018. NYCT is the largest transit agency in North America, with almost 8 million daily riders.
Prior to joining NYCT, Byford was Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), where he led the third largest transit agency in North America, Canada’s largest transit agency, carrying over 540 million riders per year on bus, streetcar, light rail, subway and para-transit services. As CEO, he initiated a comprehensive modernization of the TTC, a program that culminated in the TTC being recognized by the American Public Transportation Association as the Outstanding Transit System of the year for 2017.
From 2009 to 2011, as Chief Operating Officer of Rail Corporation, Sydney, Australia, he delivered service to a million customers a day on Australia’s largest transit network. From 2003 to 2009, he held the positions of Operations Director and Operations and Safety Director with Southern Railway and South Eastern Trains Limited, UK.
During his tenure with London Underground from 1989 to 2003, he held a variety of managerial positions including Group Station Manager, Kings Cross and General Manager–Customer Service for three of the busiest subway lines.
Originally from Plymouth, Byford is a graduate of the University of Leicester from which he was awarded a B.A. joint honours degree in French and German. He also holds a Diploma in Transport from the University of London and is a member of the Institute of Railway Operators.
Tickets & Tables
VIP Ticket | $400
Includes access to VIP reception with honorees and prime seating
Member Ticket | $310
Member Table (10 seats) | $3,050
Non-Member Ticket | $365
Non-Member Table (10 seats) | $3,500
All tickets include 5-hour premium open bar, cocktail reception, 3-course dinner and live music
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