Pertemps sponsors Jeremy Paxman celebrity lunch | Pertemps

Pertemps is to sponsor this year’s Journalists’ Charity Celebrity lunch with Jeremy Paxman at Villa Park, Birmingham, on October 5th.

Pertemps' life president, Tim Watts, is also a life vice president of the Journalists’ Charity, and has a strong record of supporting local organisations and foundations. Pertemps was the main sponsor of the Charity’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2014, attended by the Queen, who is the charity’s patron.

The lunch with Jeremy Paxman marks the 25th anniversary of the first Midland Celebrity lunch when the special guest speaker was pioneering newspaper editor Eve Pollard, known as the “first lady of Fleet Street”. Eve has accepted the charity’s invitation to return to the Midlands to attend the event at Villa Park.

For Jeremy it is also a return to the Midlands where he spent much of his childhood, living at Peopleton near Pershore and Bromsgrove and educated at Malvern College. He read English at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he edited the student newspaper Varsity.

The multi-award-winning broadcaster and writer will talk about his career spanning five decades in radio and television. Best known for his 25-year stint as the anchor of BBC Newsnight, Jeremy has also presented University Challenge since 1994. In a switch of roles, he will answer questions from lunch guests.

Tim Watts, said: “Our business has a long association with the Journalist’s Charity and we are delighted to once again show support for what is always a memorable event, on what is an extra special anniversary. I sincerely hope guests dig deep to make a contribution to such a worthwhile cause and the fantastic work it does in supporting journalists across the country.”

The charity’s celebrity lunch has now become one of the highlights of the region’s social calendar attended by many the Midlands top media and business leaders.  Previous guest speakers have included Sir Trevor McDonald, Lord (Lew) Grade, Kate Adie, Chris Tarrant, Sir Michael Parkinson, Richard Branson, Fern Britton, Jon Snow, John Sergeant, Nick Robinson and Robert Peston. Together they have helped to raise nearly £400,000 for the charity in the Midlands.

Derek Inman. Chairman of the Charity’s West Midlands District, said: “We are very grateful to Tim Watts and Pertemps for continuing their long standing and generous support for our Midlands Celebrity lunches, especially in this special anniversary year.
“As we expected, there had been great interest in this year’s lunch and we are now releasing additional tickets to make sure more people will be able to join us at Villa Park for what we know will be an enjoyable and entertaining event.”

Tickets are £55 per person with tables for 10 at £525. For booking information contact Val Deeley .

Debit/Credit card bookings are available at

For further information contact Laurie Upshon at, Derek Inman at or Val Deeley at