Good health and what we mean by this

Good health and what we mean by this

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.

Myth Busting working with DFID for SMEs

Myth Busting working with DFID for SMEs

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.

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. 

Key Themes for 2019: West Africa

Key Themes for 2019: West Africa

The panel discussion will bring together economic and political analysts to discuss some of the themes witnessed so far, and indicators to watch out for in the remainder of 2019.

Safeguarding Network - Next Steps

Safeguarding Network - Next Steps

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We would like to invite the Safeguarding Network Members to join us for a workshop to share cross sector safeguarding updates and a discussion around how this network group might best serve the sector, we will also make plenty of time for open discussion and learning from each other.

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.

DFID Work on Migration and Modern Slavery

DFID Work on Migration and Modern Slavery

Join us as Paul Whittingham, the Deputy Director and Head of the Migration and Modern Slavery Department (MMSD), shares updates on the department’s work and achievements. MMSD leads on policy, central programming and international engagement towards ensuring that Global migration is orderly, safe, regular and responsible in a world free from slavery in line with the Global Goals (SDGs).

CDC’s Investments in Low-Income and Fragile States – an ICAI Review

CDC’s Investments in Low-Income and Fragile States – an ICAI Review

Richard Gledhill, Lead Commissioner, ICAI

Join us for a detailed presentation on the recent ICAI review on CDC’s investments in low-income and fragile states. Lead Commissioner, Richard Gledhill will provide insights into the review findings and provide an opportunity for open discussion. CDC is the primary vehicle through which DFID invests development capital, it aims to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia and plays a key role within DFID’s Economic Development Strategy.

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.

The UK-Canada Bilateral Relationship

The UK-Canada Bilateral Relationship

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.

DFID Work on Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption

DFID Work on Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption

Charlotte Hull –Head of Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption Department

Join us as Charlotte Hull, DFID Head of Governance, Open Societies and Anti-Corruption Department shares updates on the department’s work and achievements. The department delivers results at scale by promoting open societies and open government by supporting multi-country projects. In addition, the department develops knowledge and policy on building inclusive economic, social and political institutions that provide the environment for sustainable growth and poverty reduction.

DFID Global Funds Department Update

DFID Global Funds Department Update

Niall Fry – Deputy Head, DFID Global Funds Department

Join us as DFID’s deputy Head of the Global Funds Department, Niall Fry provides an update on the work of the department. The Global Funds Department (GFD) manages DFID’s policy engagement, programmes, financial contributions and institutional relations with seven global health funds and institutions that are improving health outcomes for millions of people across the globe.

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.

DFID Work in the Middle East and North Africa

DFID Work in the Middle East and North Africa

Emma Donelly, Deputy Director of DFID’s Middle East and North Africa Division

Join us as Emma Donnelly, Deputy Director of DFID’s Middle East and North Africa Division provides some updates and share some insights on DFID’s work in the region. The work includes the UK’s humanitarian response in Yemen, the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, and in Syria and its neighbours, support for stability in Jordan, Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Lebanon, a joint FCO-DFID North Africa Joint Unit, and engagement with Turkey and the rising development powers of the Gulf.

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.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Central Africa

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Central Africa

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Join BEI in association with Invest Africa for our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” event on Central Africa as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – East Africa

Meet the UK Ambassadors – East Africa

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Join BEI in association with Invest Africa for our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” event on East Africa as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Balkans

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Balkans

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Join BEI in association with Invest Africa for our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” event on the Balkans as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Asia

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Asia

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Join us for the annual BEI “Meet the Ambassadors” event on Asia as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and the region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before, many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Francophone Africa

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Francophone Africa

Join BEI in association with Invest Africa at our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” event on Francophone Africa as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – West Africa

Meet the UK Ambassadors – West Africa

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Join BEI in association with Invest Africa for our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” event on West Africa as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Middle East & North Africa

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Middle East & North Africa

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Join us for the annual BEI “Meet the Ambassadors” event on the Middle East as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Latin America

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Latin America

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Join us for the annual BEI “Meet the Ambassadors” event on Latin America as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Central Asia & South Caucasus

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Central Asia & South Caucasus

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Join us for the annual BEI “Meet the Ambassadors” event on Central Asia & the South Caucasus as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Caribbean

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Caribbean

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Join us for the annual BEI “Meet the Ambassadors” events as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Southern Africa

Meet the UK Ambassadors – Southern Africa

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Join BEI in association with Invest Africa for our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” event on Southern Africa as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies abroad and provide political and economic updates on their countries and their region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before many believe there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Italy, Britain and Europe

Italy, Britain and Europe

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.

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.

Dinner with Brett Wigdortz OBE

Dinner with Brett Wigdortz OBE

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.

Lunch with Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Lunch 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.

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.

MEAG Reception - Sanam Vakil, Chatham House Middle East North Africa Programme

MEAG Reception - Sanam Vakil, Chatham House Middle East North Africa Programme

Sanam Vakil, Chatham House Middle East North Africa Programme

British Expertise’s Middle East Access Group invites you to join us for a networking reception as Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow in the Middle East North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Sanam will share insights on some of her research and experiences on the Middle East. 

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


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. 

Lunch with The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Lunch with The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss Mp, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Conservative MP for south west Norfolk

Elizabeth entered Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Elizabeth served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016. She was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2016 until June 2017.

Dinner with Philip New, CEO, Catapult

Dinner with Philip New, CEO, Catapult

Philip New, CEO, Energy Systems Catapult

Before joining the Catapult Philip worked for BP for over 30 years in a range of commercial and general management positions, mostly in customer-facing businesses, operating in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. He started working in the cleantech sector in 2002, initially building BP’s portfolio of Biofuels businesses and technologies, latterly becoming CEO of BP Alternative Energy, during which time he wrestled with, and became fascinated by, the dynamics of the interplay of markets, technology and policy created by the emergence of new energy sources and uses, and the opportunities to create new businesses

Lunch with The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

Lunch with The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

The Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

David was born in 1971 and was educated at Northgate High School, a state comprehensive in Ipswich, and read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a Parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and worked for a leading City firm until his election as MP for South West Hertfordshire on 5 May 2005.

Lunch with Stephen Dance, Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Lunch with Stephen Dance, Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Stephen Dance, Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in infrastructure projects. Recently his focus has been on the delivery of the UK’s critical economic infrastructure projects in transport, energy, water, waste and telecommunications, as well as the provision of infrastructure to deliver urban regeneration and housing.

Lunch with Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Lunch with Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Claudia Harris is the Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company. She has held this role since the organisation was established in 2015. Prior to that, she was a partner at the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. Her previous roles include working in the healthcare team at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. Claudia is an Enterprise Adviser at Quintin Kynaston School in Marlborough Hill, London where she helps support the team in developing their school careers strategy. She is also on the board of the 30% Club Steering Committee where she leads their work connecting to schools. Claudia grew up in London and has an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Lunch with Jeni Tennison, CEO, The Open Data Institute

Lunch with Jeni Tennison, CEO, The Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison, CEO, The Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She gained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, then worked as an independent consultant specialising in open data publishing and consumption. She was the Technical Architect and Lead Developer for legislation.gov.uk before joining the ODI as Technical Director in 2012, becoming CEO in 2016.

Lunch with Gary Aitkenhead, DSTL

Lunch with Gary Aitkenhead, DSTL

Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive, DSTL

Gary has spent his career in the development and supply of mission-critical wireless communications solutions to public safety, industrial and transportation sectors.
As Dstl’s Chief Executive, Gary will lead an organisation of over 3,800 scientists and engineers providing specialist, and in many cases world-leading expertise, across a wide-range of disciplines.

Lunch with Hannah Vickers, ACE

Lunch with Hannah Vickers, ACE

Hannah Vickers, Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

A civil engineer by profession, Hannah joined ACE from the Institution of Civil Engineers where she led the policy and public affairs team.

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’.

Lunch with Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation

Lunch with Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport is the Chief Executive of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which is responsible for the public funding of research and innovation.
He was Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science from April 2013 to September 2017.

Lunch with Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Lunch with Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Mansoor Hanif has 24 years experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world: including France, Italy, Spain, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

Lunch with Geoff Mulgan CBE

Lunch with Geoff Mulgan CBE

Geoff Mulgan CBE, Chief Executive, Nesta

Geoff Mulgan CBE is Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, which combines investment, research and practical programmes in many fields, from health and education to industrial policy and entrepreneurship.  Nesta is based in the UK but currently works in over 40 countries.

Lunch with Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Lunch with Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Leo Johnson leads PwC's Disruption practice and co-presents the Radio 4 series “FutureProofing”, exploring the impacts of exponential technologies on business and society. 

Formerly at the World Bank, Leo is the co-Founder of the advisory firm Sustainable Finance, now part of the PwC group. 

He is the co-author of “Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and a Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise & Environment at Oxford University.