Friday, September 13, 2019

Thank you for coming yesterday evening

Thank you for your support yesterday evening in participating and meeting the few people gathered.

Whether it was the political climate or the early September, quite a few sent their apologies, this did not detract from the conviviality and also to make some good contacts with those present.

The quality of the contacts you make is better than the quantity.

It was good to listen to Vince assuring safety and luxury transport to his prestigious clientele, to Douglas who is producing healthy cosmetic products in Europe and selling them in China, to Hassan who is ensuring safety in residential and commercial buildings, to Jean-Pierre designing and producing fashionable outfits for ladies, to Ivan customising salesforce for companies and Beatrice talking about immigration law in UK, it was also lovely that Rosy came to celebrate her birthday in our company and as for me, you can find out more on

The Network is your platform to promote your cause, your business, venue and yourself. It  helps your further your business or career and makes meaningful social and business contacts. You get connected, proactive and productive.

It is group of like minded and agreeable people in a relaxed atmosphere. I hope that you enjoyed the evening and that we shall see you again next month when our guest speaker is  Kim Rix, The Gemstone detective.

If you are not yet a member please join us on, it only costs £40 a year and you gain free entry to all our events except when we need to preorder food and drinks and many other advantages outlined on our website.

I very much look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best wishes,


J-F Dor
The Network

Monday, September 02, 2019

September's events

Join us at these events in September, if you are not a member yet, go to (it is only £40 a year- all events are free to subscribing and honorary members, except when food and drinks need to be preordered). You can also come and experience all events without being a member by paying the appropriate fee.
The Network is your platform to promote your cause, business, venue and yourself. It helps your further your business or career and make meaningful business and social contacts. You get connected, proactive and productive. It is open to all regardless of sex, creed or any other limitation.
  • 24th September: GPN our sister organisation specifically for the LGBT+ Community. Check this group on  & Register here: Our guest speaker is Andrew Lumsden, the original Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Activist and co-founder of Gay News.
  Let me know if you are interested in the following by updating your preferences below
  • The Chinese Connection is as The Network specifically to foster relationship betweern China and EU & UK.
  • The Eastern Society as The Network for the 'former Eastern Block'.
  • The Middle East Circle as The Network for the Middle East.
  • The Belgians in London for all Belgians living in or around in London to meet and exchange ideas over a drink and foster relationship between people of Belgium and UK.
  • The Ladies who lunch, the name says it all, if you don't mind being with me sometimes for lunch.
If you need help with any other events,  do not hesitate to ask me. With 40 years experience of the industry, I am bound to make it happen!
I very much look forward to hearing from and to seeing you again soon.
With best regards,

Yours sincerely,


You can also get in touch with me via the social media outlined below, click on the icons.

Two Women, Two Plays - One Great Night in Chelsea

If you need tickets, here is the link where to go and get your advance tickets online!
TWO WOMEN, TWO CHARACTERS, TWO PLAYS ONE SPECTACULAR NIGHT IN CHELSEA Celine Hispiche will be on stage at one of London's most unusual and exclusive venues - the St Mary The Boltons Church in Kensington, Chelsea. In this world premiere of Celine Hispiche's two 1 person plays, the multitalented playw...

Saturday, June 15, 2019

A night at the Opera - in the Guildhall, City of London.

Our friend Mei Sim Lai, OBE, DL is making up a table, join her at this great event! Contact her directly on

Saturday, June 01, 2019

House of Lords Reception with the Gay Professional Network - All welcome, LGBT and allies, friends & colleagues.


The Gay Professional Network is privileged to be able to meet at the House of Lords with grateful thanks to our Patron, The Rt Hon The Lord Scriven of Hunters Bar 
for his very generous sponsorship.

As last year Lord Scriven will say a few words and with his husband take us all for a tour of the Houses of Parliament after our reception.

Lord Scriven is an openly gay man married to his partner  Dr David Black, he advocates human rights and helps the LGBT community in many ways.
Check his twitter feed on

We are a group of Gay Professionals who like their comfort, good wine and food, comfortable surrounding and great people and we are meeting in a different room this year, so we are going around! 
House of Lords fine wines and foods will be served: you will not be thirsty or hungry.

Join us and celebrate our diversity and invite your friends and family. 

It is an unique opportunity to attend and be dazzled by the architecture and luxury of the interiors of The Palace of Westminster, The Houses of Parliament.

Grateful thanks to our member Mark Weeks of Mark Weeks Photography for sponsoring the event's photography 
and congratulations to him for running the London marathon in well under 4 hours for the MS Society in honour of his Dad and Friend.

All welcome, LGBT and allies, friends & colleagues.

6:30pm: Arrival, Food & Drinks  
7:30pm: The Lord Scriven of Hunters Bar introduced by J-F Dor.
8:30pm: Tour of the House of Parliament conducted by Lord Scriven and his husband.
9:30pm: Carriages

If you are not yet a member, join now on (it is only £20 a year and gives you many advantages). 
Please spread the word about the Gay Professional Network. Sharing it with friends, colleagues and the wider world helps us to grow and expand.
Share this event on Facebook and Twitter.

GPN is a non for profit membership organisation operating since 2010.

I very much look forward to seeing you again soon and if we have not met yet, to welcome you in the Network.

Yours sincerely,

Jean-François Dor
Gay Professional Network

website change

Well, my websites ( & seem to be defunct due to too many people managing it and lost in the cyberworld together with their content! 

I have set a new one myself, so please let me know what you think and onward and upward! 

Instead of 60 pages, it is now 2! Https://

Friday, November 09, 2018

2018 is drawing to a close, all best wishes!

Well yes, Chrismas is calling, Diwali is now passed and the evenings are drawing ever so early in the day, parties abound and it is the time to be jolly. Think about others who cannot and think about those who you have not spoken for a while, they may enjoy getting in touch again...

I get people to reconnect sometimes even after a break of five years and we take it from there as it was yesterday. Life is like that sometimes.

This year started with some good news, two of my nieces announced they were pregnant and some bad news, some friends died, other friends celebrated in style their significant birthdays through the year.

Travelling to and fro Belgium, Wales and London with the little escapes to ski in Les Gets and the sea in Thassos, GPN and The Whitefriars Club continue to thrive and I am delighted to have welcomed many people and speakers to both of them.

Lady Colin Campbell attended the first GPN of the year and Jerry Hayes the first Whitefriars Dinner both at the Savile Club. I visited the Supreme Court and attended the Civic Luncheon in the Crypt of the Guildhall and dined in the Judge's Chambers at the Old Bayley with the Sherif of London with the Bishopsgate Ward Club.

Other speakers at the Whitefriars Club were The Rt Rev and Rt Hon the Lord Chartres KCVO ChStJ PC FSA at the Palace of Westminster in February to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Geoffrey Mub, Dele Ogun, Jeff Anderson, Lord Lisvane and A.N. Wilson.

GPN celebrated diversity and inclusion at the House of Lords in July with The Lord Scriven of Hunters Bar who subsequently became our Patron. Other speakers were Abel Rubinstein, the director, Dan de la Motte who took us around Soho, Gary Henshaw, Robert S J Lucas when we went to see his musical at "The Other Palace" and Niall Cunniffe.

I attended a fundraising dinner at the The Belgian Ambassador Residence for the Torch Kindling Ceremony who just happened this November, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the end of the first World War, so called the Great War but really there is nothing great about a war, it is just awful to see what humanity can let itself so down, let's never forget!

Filming wise, I was fortunate to work with Renee Zelwegger who I think will land an oscar for her rendition of this film, it is sadly to early to let you know what I have been up to with the other films as they are not out yet but look at your screens big and small for some adverts and wonderful films that I was delighted to be in. This year you probably seen me already in Vanity Fair, Ready Player One, The Crown, Film Stars don't die in Liverpool, The Children Act, Darkest Hour, Johnny English and Fantastic Beasts. I also did my first narration for a French Film in May

Lunches and dinner were spent in the usual haunts of the Savile, Turf, Civil Service, Boodle and National Liberal Club were we seen this year's start on the terrace and there were parties also at The Inner Temple and the Chelsea Arts Club.

Two of my nieces celebrate their 40th birthday, one in January, yet the party was in May, and the other in December, guess the party is next year.

I worn for the first time a kilt for the wedding celebration at the House of Lords of Roland and David and will again for Burns Night next year.

There is probably too much to remember and forgive me if I do, there are much more that I attended, some that I cannot talk about but it has been a very enjoyable year surrounded by the love and friendship of family and friends.

I very much look forward to seeing you again soon and wish you and yours all the very best for Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Christmas and the New Years.

Love, Peace and Light to you all.

Yours truly,


Friday, September 28, 2018

Byron: Angel & Outcast…/byron-angel-and-outcast-181011 to raise funds for research into late stage prostate cancer, led by Dr. Vincent Koo, at the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in Chelsea: Cadogan Hall, THURSDAY 11th OCTOBER 7.30PM @rob_heaps @DinaDuisen @SimonRBeale #prostatecancer
World-class pianist Dina Duisen and a cast of two bring Byron’s story to life with poems, journals and letters sensitively interwoven with piano works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Schumann.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

RA 250th Summer Exhibition, The Great Spectacle: 250 years of the Summer Exhibition & RA Schools Show 2018

Michelangelo Tondo in all its splendour, part of the permanent exhibition.

Satan summoning his Legions, 1796-1797

Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA (1769 - 1830)

Linking the two buildings, to the right the RA Schools studios

From the RA Schools Show

From the RA Schools Show

From the Summer Exhibition, unicorns...

And presenting the Summer Exhibition, none other than Grayson Perry RA in a very clownesque customised outfit to his image (on his back), Grayson is really his biggest creation. It was fabulous to hear how fast he went to customise the hanging by specifying colours of the paintings regardless of the subjects or artists, to him it was a big collage. Here is under a portrait of Mosley after he told us how he loved the portrait of Farrage on the other wall.