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THE D GROUP – UPCOMING EVENTS
The Conservative strategy – The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
According to Jeremy, CEO, The Digital Catapult, failure to establish an accessible network based on the IoT could “dull the UK’s competitive edge”. Digital Catapult’s Things Connected programme aims to counter this threat by supporting the development of the IoT, placing the UK in a better position to compete in this potentially lucrative market.
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.
We are delighted to welcome back Hadyn Jones to speak at The D Group for a second time. Mr Jones will review the most important developments in the technology over the course of 2018, and then look forward to what we can expect in the new year.
Mathew Rycroft CBE, DFID’s Permanent Secretary aims to build on DFID’s strong base to create a department better connected with the rest of Whitehall, and to demonstrate the importance of international aid to a sceptical British public. We are delighted to have him join us to share his vision of the department, it’s cross-government engagement and what UK plc can contribute to this agenda.
We are delighted to welcome back Dr Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) to debate the implications and share her well-gotten insights. Having served nearly six years in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, then as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, she is extremely well placed to lead what should be a fascinating discussion.
After five years at Goldman Sachs and a stint as Chairman of the Bow Group, a Conservative think-tank, Sam Gyimah was elected MP for East Surrey in 2010. He has held a number of roles in government, including Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister David Cameron, Undersecretary of State for Childcare and Education, and Undersecretary of State for Prisons and Probation. He read PPE at Somerville College, Oxford, where he was also President of the Oxford Union.
The D Group is delighted to welcome Sir Richard Dearlove, former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, from 1999 to 2004. With a career spanning over thirty-eight years in British Intelligence, Sir Richard rose to Chief, known as “C”, after serving as a frontline case officer behind the Iron Curtain, in Geneva and Paris, in Africa and as station head in Washington D.C. Sir Richard was elected the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 2004.
We are delighted to welcome General Sir Christopher Michael Deverell, KCB, MBE, ADC Gen for dinner on 3rd April 2018.