Rotary Press Release


Thanks to the generosity of local celebrity auctioneer, Philip Allwood of Moore Allen & Innocent, the mega-charity auction will be Covid-19 secure and will be live online on Friday 12th March via platform. Please register your interest for the advance online catalogue by contacting

Many exciting, unusual and ‘money can’t buy’ Lots have been generously donated by local celebrities, businesses and residents to help Cirencester Rotary Club raise vital funds for Cotswold Counselling, The Big Yellow Bus Project and other local charities.

There will a chance to bid on a wide variety of Lots, ranging from a suitably stylish suit from flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen; the opportunity to join Mark Cummings behind the scenes on his BBC Radio Gloucestershire Breakfast Show; a VIP tour of Air Salvage International’s aircraft disassembly plant at Cotswold Airport; a Wing-Walking experience at Rendcomb Airfield; a professional Will writing service; a week in a glorious 4* holiday cottage in Cumbria; Super Car and Golfing experiences; Business Advice; Advertising Boards and Rugby Club hospitality plus many fine bottles of wines and spirits, art treasures, collectables, curios and more…

To get involved, offer an auction Lot or discuss potential sponsored experiences please contact Cirencester Rotary Club Members: Howard Davies on or Christine Sheldon on There is an on-going PR programme promoting this event, highlighting exciting items, supporters and the local beneficiaries.

There is one business related lot that some of you may be interested in, please see details below.

Lot 67: 3 Days Safety Management Consultancy

“Good Safety is Good Business” is a very true and profound mantra to live by in any company/organisation across all sectors (manufacturing, services, retail, etc). Best-practice management tools, techniques, processes and systems that result in excellent safety performance (related to your own employees, your contractors, your suppliers and clients, and the communities in which you operate) serve as solid building blocks to the way a company/organisation commercially and ethically does business as a whole.

Chris Rowbotham (a Rotary Member), has a career history (Professional Profile available on request) that includes line management in a global company with a strong reputation in safety management and performance; and, for the last 20 years, senior consultancy management and service delivery in the global consultancy wing of that same company (both pre-and-post retirement). He is offering 3- days fee-free, confidential consultancy to the successful bidding company/organisation, within which he will:

  1. 1)  Carry out a short ‘as-is’ high-level, benchmarking appraisal of safety leadership and management styles, behaviours and methodologies; as well as current safety management systems and practices. This would be achieved by conducting:
    1. a)  one-on-one informal interviews with some key managers/supervisors(sampled from a ‘vertical slice’ through both line and safety management teams), and
    2. b)  informal hosted visits to workplaces (at operational and/or office locations) to gain a first-hand view of safety behaviours and practices, and to informally interact with personnel there (employees, contractors, etc alike), to ascertain how safety is actually being managed at the ‘coal face’.
  2. Present and discuss practical, realistic, best-practice-based recommendations, related to the key improvement areas he identifies, in a focused leadership ‘workshop’ forum. The output of which could be used in any future safety management and performance improvement planning.

The only cost to the successful bidder would be the value of their bid which, of course, would be donated to the Rotary-nominated charities served by this auction.