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Networking Reception: Celebrating Nauryz

Networking Reception: Celebrating Nauryz

British Expertise International (map)

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.

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.

The Future of Transport

The Future of Transport

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.

Doing Digital - Lessons from Leaders

Doing Digital - Lessons from Leaders

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.