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We are hosting a Networking Reception in partnership with the British Kazakh Society to celebrate Nauryz, which is a holiday celebrated across Central Asia, signifying not only the spring equinox but also renewal of nature. Nauryz symbolizes fertility, friendship and love. The Reception also marks the occasion of the final day of our current exhibition featuring contemporary art from across Central Asia.
The 2019 ADB Business Opportunities Fair
The UK Department for International Trade, in partnership with British Expertise International, is organising a business mission to Manila leading up to the annual ADB Business Opportunities Fair. The Mission will be from 24 to 29 March 2019 and we hope you can join us.
Ahead of the next bilateral Turkmenistan-UK Trade & Industry Council meeting, we are hosting an event with the British Embassy in Ashgabat to brief those attending, as well as those who have not yet decided whether to attend TUKTIC this year.
James Kirkup, Director, The Social Market Foundation
Immigration remains a key political issue with a perceived public demand to better control immigration being a major factor in the EU referendum debate. However, according the Social Market Foundation, the British public’s attitude towards immigration is much more a grey area than is commonly appreciated.
Sir John Armitt CBE, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission
We are delighted to welcome Sir John Armitt CBE, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission for a Dinner event on 2nd April.
General Sir Chris Deverell KC MBE ADC Gen, Commander, Joint Forces Command UK
We are delighted to welcome General Sir Christopher Michael Deverell, KCB, MBE, ADC Gen for dinner on 3rd April 2018.
Promoted to Major General in 2008, he became Director General Logistics Support and Equipment in Headquarters Land Forces, before moving to Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) in 2011 as Director Materiel Strategy. In 2012 he was appointed Chief of Materiel (Land) and Quartermaster General. Upon promotion to General in April 2016 he assumed Command of Joint Forces Command.
Dick Elsy CBE, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Dick Elsy is the Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Prior to his appointment, Dick spent his time at Land Rover and then Jaguar, where he was engineering director. At Land Rover he became a member of the Board from where he led the creation, development, and manufacture of the Freelander. Dick was also the CEO of Torotrak plc the FTSE listed developer of traction drive technology. Dick is the holder of a Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering and is also a Fellow of the IMech E and IET. Dick was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2018.
Richard Threlfall, Global Head of Infrastructure, KPMG International
Richard is Global Head of Infrastructure at KPMG. He has over 20 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, advising both public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas.
He has a particular interest in supporting the impending mobility revolution, promoting dialogue between the public and private sectors globally to maximise the social and economic benefits of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and mobility as a service.
Chris Skinner, Author and Commentator, The Finanser
We are delighted to welcome Chris Skinner, known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human for a Lunch event on 24th April. He is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club and Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS.
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England
We are delighted to welcome Duncan Selbie, the Chief Executive of Public Health England, for breakfast at The D Group. Duncan Selbie is the founding Chief Executive of Public Health England. Prior to 2013, he was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional teaching hospital for the South East of England.
DFID Procurement and Commercial Department (PCD)
Join us as we host a DFID team as they present a Myth Busting Workshop for SMEs on opportunities to deliver market leading development services on behalf of the UK Government. To aid their work, DFID are looking to broaden their supplier base and encourage relevant organisations and local businesses who may be interested in understanding more about the services DFID buy or fund and how to deliver market leading development services on behalf of the UK Government.
Baroness Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvement
Dido Harding became Chair of NHS Improvement in 2017. She is a non-executive director on The Court of the Bank of England and Chair of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee. She was Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group plc from 2010 to May 2017. Prior to TalkTalk, Dido was Sainsbury's convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury's operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury's from Tesco plc where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. In August 2014, Dido was offered a peerage and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. She was appointed to the Economic Affairs Committee of the Lords in July 2017.
John Manzoni, Chief Executive, Civil Service
John Manzoni became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.
Paul Turner & Peter Felix CBE, Principals, Turner Felix Associates
Ultimately, an Advisory Board is there to provide strategic advice to management. They are chosen to provide market knowledge and access to networks which compliment that of the overall management in an informal setting. Does such a structure still have a place in company structures in today’s world? We welcome Paul Turner and Peter Felix CBE to discuss the relevance of Advisory Boards in today’s business climate and what will make a successful union.
Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer and Non-Executive Director, Crown Commercial Service
Gareth Rhys Williams was most recently Chief Executive Officer of PHS Group, a leading provider of outsourced workplace services in the UK. Before joining PHS, Gareth was CEO of Charter International, the FTSE 250 engineering group, until its successful sale to Colfax Corporation in 2012. Prior to that, he was CEO of Capital Safety Group Ltd, since sold to KKR, and CEO of Vitec Group plc, the supplier of broadcast and photographic equipment and services.
Sarah Keeble, Partner, Employment Department, Mishcon de Reya
We are delighted to welcome Sarah Keeble, Partner, Employment Department at Mishcon de Reya for a Lunch event on 16th May. Sarah is a Partner in the Employment department and has more than 25 years' experience advising on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law, from large scale strategic reorganisation programmes to discrimination issues and executive disputes.
Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representative of Canada to the International Maritime Organisation
Janice Charette assumed her responsibilities as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on September 7, 2016.
The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Ministry of Defence
We are delighted to welcome The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP for a Dinner event on 22nd May at The D Group.
Tobias Ellwood was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence on 14 June 2017. Tobias served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from July 2014 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Bournemouth East in May 2005.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen John Hillier, KCB, CBE, DFC, Chief of the Air Staff
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen John Hillier, KCB, CBE, DFC, ADC is a senior Royal Air Force officer. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in the Gulf in 1999 and was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal for service in the Iraq War. He went on to be Air Officer Commanding, No. 2 Group, Director Information Superiority at the Ministry of Defence and then Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability). Hillier succeeded Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford as Chief of the Air Staff on 12 July 2016.
Dr Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
We are delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford who will be leading a discussion, over dinner, on “Dealing with the Russians” on 30th May.
Robert Colvile, Director and Capx Editor-in-Chief, Centre for Policy Studies
We are delighted to welcome Robert Colvile, Director and Capx Editor-in-Chief at the Centre for Policy Studies, who will be leading a discussion over lunch on “Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government” on 4th June.
Andrew Wyllie CBE FREng MBA BSc CEng FICE CCMI, President, The Institution of Civil Engineers
We are delighted to welcome Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain Group PLC, the smart infrastructure solutions company. Prior to taking up this role in 2005, he worked for Taylor Woodrow where he was Managing Director of the construction business and was a member of the Group Executive Committee.
Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Italian Embassy, London
Raffaele Trombetta has been the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom since 29 January 2018.
Haydn Jones, Founder & Managing Director, Blockchain Hub
Haydn is currently the Founder and Managing Director of Blockchain Hub, a specialist FinTech strategy consultancy promoting and supporting the understanding and use of Blockchain technology across business communities with pragmatic 'test and understand' strategies. It's mission is to bridge the gap between the blockchain technology providers, and companies and organisations seeking to explore and benefit from this novel technology.
Brett Wigdortz OBE, Co-Founder and Trustee, Teach For All
Brett wrote the original business plan for Teach First and led the organisation for fifteen years, from its launch until October 2017, helping to build it into one of the country’s leading movements to tackle education inequality. Wigdortz is Co-Founder and a trustee of Teach For All, a network of more than 45 Teach First partner programs in countries all over the world. He is a trustee & Co-founder of Teach First Israel and is on the board of the Fair Education Alliance.
Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North
Prior to his appointment at Transport for the North, Barry was Chief Executive at Scottish Futures Trust where he led the organisation in improving the planning and delivery of infrastructure investment and asset management in Scotland.
Rupert Soames OBE, CEO, Serco
We are delighted to welcome Rupert Soames OBE, CEO, Serco, who will be leading a discussion on “Achieving transparency and flexibility in government procurement” on 2nd July 2019.