British Manager to Speak at the Charleston Fund for Concord Dinner, Thursday, September 19

For Immediate Release: 
Jul 31 2002

British Manager to Speak at the Charleston Fund for Concord Dinner, Thursday, September 19

Athens, W.Va. - Mr. James McGivern, managing director for Thames Water, PLC, London, will be speaking at the fourth annual Fund for Concord Dinner, Embassy Suites, 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19.

Mr. McGivern is a British citizen and graduated from the University of Reading, London, England. He began his career as a solicitor in a large London legal practice where he specialized in commercial and banking matters. He joined Thames Water group in 1991 and was responsible for their non-regulated business in both the U.K. and on an international basis. He was head of Thames legal services division from 1994-1997.

In 1997 McGivern served as head of Thames multi-disciplinary commercial team that provided legal and financial services, and advised the company’s management team on acquisitions and partnerships.

McGivern was named managing director of Thames international business development group in 1999. His team was accountable for developing and closing opportunities that were strategically important to the company. In addition, he served as managing director for all business interests located in North and South America. As managing director-Americas, he was responsible for profit and loss, strategy, regional corporate development and operational performance.

The Fund for Concord Dinner is planned by a 22-member committee in Charleston including: Ann Burgess Booth, Victor Grigoraci, Faye Guilfoile, Joe Hatfield, Olivia P. Jefferds, Lou Ann Johnson, John M. Jones, David Kirby, Malinda Ashworth Kiss, Garnette L. Lilly, John M. Long, William “Bill” H. McKee, Jr., Doug Maddy, Otis and Sally Mann, Daniel S. Palausky, Andy J. Paterno, Forrest Roles, Sue Sergi, and Sandra D. Thomas.

David A. Barnette (Concord College class of ’74), Member, Jackson & Kelly PLLC, is serving as chair for this year’s dinner. Loretta Ann Young, Associate Vice President for Development, Concord College, is also on the committee.

Mr. Barnette: “The Committee is pleased and excited by Mr. McGivern's willingness to speak at this year’s dinner. His speech continues our tradition of having a significant business leader talk about the change in his industry and how it will affect the Kanawha Valley.”

Concord College President Jerry L. Beasley stated that: “The Charleston planning committee has excelled in finding speakers who address key concerns of Charleston-area businesses. I commend the committee in their selection of Mr. McGivern. We at the College are ever grateful to the committee members for their continued and enthusiastic support of our students.”

The evening's event begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Individual tickets for the event are $100. Tables are available for $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. For more information, contact the Office of Development, 1-304-384-5317 or


Photo: James McGivern