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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Middle East Access Group Reception with HE Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan GCVO, Kuwaiti Ambassador and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.