Dear Members and Friends,

With the storm clouds gathering overhead both literally and metaphorically, following the news from across the water of punitive tariffs and potential trade wars, I thought it was the perfect time to pick out a few highlights from the month ahead here at Strategy International.

Starting with next week, on Tuesday we look forward to an interesting lunch time discussion with Campbell Keir, Director Energy & Infrastructure at Department of International Trade (DIT) as he shares insights and updates on the department's strategy on Infrastructure and Energy. He will also provide an overview on how his team are working to support UK business to source, secure and grow global opportunities.

Looking out over the rest of June, we are privileged to be welcoming back a number of senior Government Ministers, including The Rt Hon David Gauke, now Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, who will be setting out his priorities for the Department and discussing his requirements from the private sector. We also look forward to hearing again from The Rt Hon Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whose policies impact our member companies in a variety of ways, whether as employers, tax payers or suppliers. 

The month is brought to a close with us “on the road”. Firstly, with dinner on Tuesday 26th June, where Jim O’Sullivan, CEO of Highways England, will be speaking about “The future of roads” and the delivery of RIS1 and the development of RIS2. Jim was appointed CEO of Highways England at its inception in 2015 so his insights on their Vision 2020-25 come directly from the source. 

And finally, there are still a couple of spaces left for the Strategy International day of engagement in Newcastle on the 28th June, where we will be meeting the Leader of the City Council, Nick Forbes, members of his leadership team, and the Newcastle Gateshead Investment Initiative. With a packed programme designed to show off opportunities in the local area, including lunch, a tour of the Great Exhibition of the North, and an evening reception with the wider business community, we hope that this engagement will provide you the right kind of introductions into a region that is keen to attract inward investment. For more details and the chance to register, please contact Edward Thicknesse

With Best Wishes,


James Jones, Director, Account Management

Event highlights:

Thursday 7th June – BEI Meeting (10:00)
Accessing USAID market and BD process overview
Mark Shanley, CEO, Konektid International

Wednesday 13th June – D Group Lunch
The future of UK’s aerospace
Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University

Thursday 14th June – D Group Lunch
Where next in achieving workplace gender balance? 
Ann Francke, CEO, Chartered Management Institute