Opportunities in Nepal – Focus on Infrastructure, Energy & Tourism

Opportunities in Nepal – Focus on Infrastructure, Energy & Tourism

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Join us for a round table discussion with Dr Khatiwada, Nepal Finance Minister and the CEO of the Investment Board of Nepal, Mr Maha Prasad Adhikari as they share economic updates and information on business opportunities for UK Business in Nepal with a focus on a range of sectors including; Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism.

EU Exit update

EU Exit update

Philip Rycroft, Head of UK Governance Group and Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union

We are delighted to welcome back Philip Rycroft, Head of UK Governance Group and Permanent Secretary, Department for Exiting the European Union for a discussion over dinner on 21st February.

Opportunities for UK Plc in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Opportunities for UK Plc in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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Department for International Trade Eastern Europe and Central Asia network representatives:

Jane Grady, Deputy Trade Commissioner for Eastern Europe and Central Asia region and Head of Director for Trade & Investment, Turkey
John Lindfield, Counsellor, Director for Trade & Investment, Russia
Edmund Marler, Director for Trade & Investment, Kazakhstan
Cathy Cottrell, 1st Secretary Energy Policy and Head of Commercial Section, Ukraine
Steve Smith, Head, Energy, Trade & Investment, Azerbaijan

Roundtable with Martyn Warr OBE, Consul General to Kurdistan

Roundtable with Martyn Warr OBE, Consul General to Kurdistan

Martyn Warr OBE, Consul General to Kurdistan

Our guest speaker Martyn Warr OBE will brief us on the current situation in the Kurdistan Region, and will provide economic and political updates as well as potential opportunities for UK Business in Kurdistan.

The UK & Africa’s evolving partnership: the opportunities for greater mutual prosperity

The UK & Africa’s evolving partnership: the opportunities for greater mutual prosperity

Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for International Development

Harriett Baldwin was appointed Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 9 January 2018.  Her previous brief was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence from July 2016 to January 2018.

Western Balkans: Growing Opportunities for UK Business – 2019 Outlook

Western Balkans: Growing Opportunities for UK Business – 2019 Outlook

Paul Irby, Director of Corporate Finance at King & Shaxson Limited
Jonathan Mitchell, Ex Diplomat and Regional Consultant, Kosovo and Macedonia
Anthony Monckton, Chief Operating Officer, ViennEast
Jadranka Dervisevic Kitaric, Head of the British Serbian Business Club
Michael English, General Secretary, British Croatian Business Club

The Balkans is a region with opportunities for UK Business, although not a region we have focused on in the past, with increasing UK government support it’s a region worth exploring – we hope you can join us. 

A.I & Cyber Security

A.I & Cyber Security

Dr Pete Burnap, Data Science & Cyber Analytics, Cardiff University

Dr Pete Burnap is a Professor of Data Science & Cybersecurity at Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics. He developed a reputation for data-driven, innovative, and interdisciplinary research that broadly contributes to the growing field of Data Science, working closely with the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and School of Engineering.

International Women's Day Event

International Women's Day Event

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Following on from the success of our first International Women’s Day celebration from last year, we’re proud to mark the occasion with a drinks reception on 6th March. This year, we will work in with our associate art gallery, D Contemporary to host an exhibition by Kazakh, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Tajik artists to mark this occasion.

Lunch with Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, MOD

Lunch with Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, MOD

General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE ADC, Vice-Chief of Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence

Messenger was appointed as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in spring 2016, in succession to Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach. Messenger was formally promoted to full general on 16 May 2016. He is the first four-star Royal Marine general since 1977.

No Deal Preparations at DFID

No Deal Preparations at DFID

Chris Carter, DFID Deputy Head Europe Department and EU Exit Team Leader, DFID

DFID have reiterated that they are working to ensure continuity in their trading arrangements with developing countries; looking at the impact on overseas networks and Territories; and providing financial assurance to UK development organisations. Join us as Chris Carter, DFID Deputy Head Europe Department and EU Exit Team Leader provides an update on DFID’s preparations for a No Deal Brexit scenario and its impact on suppliers.

UK Trade Mission to Kyrgyzstan

UK Trade Mission to Kyrgyzstan

Join our third UK Trade Mission to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It is an early transition country with significant Investment needs in professional services, information technology, renewable energy, education, infrastructure, tourism, mining and agribusiness sectors.

Lunch with Charles Gibbons, Chief Domain Architect - 5G & Service Management, BT

Lunch with Charles Gibbons, Chief Domain Architect - 5G & Service Management, BT

Charles Gibbons, Chief Domain Architect - 5G & Service Management, BT 

Charles is a Chief Architect at BT responsible for the Service Management and OSS domains. BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Charles’ work supports the service delivery of new propositions across multiple lines of business. His recent focus has been on the service management and OSS integration of EE into BT for the delivery of converged propositions. Charles is BT’s lead on IT & systems architecture for 5G.

Lunch with the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Lunch with the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Given his diverse portfolio of ministerial appointments across Work & Pensions, Justice and now Transport The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP is well equipped to lead the main effort and also our discussion. We look forward to listening to the Secretary of State as he sets out his vision for ensuring our transport network remains fit for purpose now and adaptable for the future.

Dinner with Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Dinner with Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

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.

What is AI actually being used for today? – A discussion on real case studies

What is AI actually being used for today? – A discussion on real case studies

Adrian Gregory, CEO UK & Ireland, Atos

Adrian joined Atos in 2008 and became CEO in 2015 enhancing Atos’ position in a number of sectors including Financial Services, where Atos provides FCA regulated operational services.

Adrian is CEO UK&I, responsible for all aspects of client business and future strategy. He has a 20 year blue-chip background with experience of a wide range of technology solutions and multiple client sectors.

ADB Mission - ADB Business Opportunities Fair 2019

ADB Mission - ADB Business Opportunities Fair 2019

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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.

UK-Turkey Relations

UK-Turkey Relations

H.E Ümit Yalçınn Turkish Ambassador, Embassy of Turkey, London

We are delighted to welcome H.E Ümit Yalçın, Turkish Ambassador for a Lunch event on 26th March, who will be leading a discussion on “UK-Turkey Relations”.

Immigration is an economic necessity and we urgently need honest political leadership

Immigration is an economic necessity and we urgently need honest political leadership

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.

Reflections on the future of Defence, including the strategic role that Joint Forces Command will play in that future

Reflections on the future of Defence, including the strategic role that Joint Forces Command will play in that future

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.

New horizons for UK manufacturing?

New horizons for UK manufacturing?

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.

British Expertise International Awards 2019

British Expertise International Awards 2019

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Recognising and celebrating outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector.

Dinner with Richard Threlfall

Dinner with Richard Threlfall

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.

Lunch with Chris Skinner, The Finanser

Lunch with Chris Skinner, The Finanser

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.

Breakfast with Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England

Breakfast with Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England

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.

Bringing business sense to the NHS

Bringing business sense to the NHS

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. 

Lunch with John Manzoni

Lunch with John Manzoni

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.

Advisory Boards – Their relevance in a changing society

Advisory Boards – Their relevance in a changing society

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.

Lunch with Gareth Rhys Williams

Lunch with Gareth Rhys Williams

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.

The Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap

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.

DFID Global Funds Department Update

DFID Global Funds Department Update

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Join us as DFID’s deputy Head of the Global Funds Unit, Niall Fry provides an update on the work of the Global Funds Unit and some of the opportunities for UK  

Dinner with The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

Dinner with The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

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.

The Future of Air Power

The Future of Air Power

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.

Dealing with the Russians

Dealing with the Russians

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.

Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government

Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government

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.

The Future of Smart Infrastructure in the UK

The Future of Smart Infrastructure in the UK

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.

Blockchain - Applications in Infrastructure and Supply Chain Management

Blockchain - Applications in Infrastructure and Supply Chain Management

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.

Achieving transparency and flexibility in government procurement

Achieving transparency and flexibility in government procurement

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.

Dinner with Michele Dix CBE, Crossrail 2

Dinner with Michele Dix CBE, Crossrail 2

Michele Dix CBE, Managing Director, Crossrail 2

Michèle has led TfL's strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging solutions; providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future; responsible for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and transport requirements for the Mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan; coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships; and developing major scheme interchanges.

Michele is now responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it. Michele is a visiting professor for UCL and is chair of an international committee PRESCOM for the UITP which promotes public transport research and best practice globally. 

Lunch with Dr Tim Stone CBE, The Nuclear Industry Assoication

Lunch with Dr Tim Stone CBE, The Nuclear Industry Assoication

Dr Tim Stone CBE, MA, DPhil (Oxon), FICE, MBCS, CEng, FRSA,  Chair, The Nuclear Industry Association

We are delighted to welcome Dr Tim Stone CBE,The Nuclear Industry Assoication for a Lunch event on 25th June 2019.
Dr. Timothy Stone is a businessman, senior expert adviser, and former public servant with interests in finance, nuclear power and infrastructure. Dr. Stone is Chairman of Nuclear Risk Insurers (the world’s leading insurer for the nuclear industry) a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Nuclear Power, a member of the Arup Group Board and is a senior expert Non-Executive Director on the board of the European Investment Bank where he is the longest serving member around the board table. 

Global Britain

Global Britain

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith CBE, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence

We are delighted to welcome General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence, to discuss ‘Global Britain’.