Members and friends,

Thank you to everyone that joined us at last night’s outstanding British Expertise Awards Dinner, a fabulous evening that wrapped up our 50th year of trading and celebrated the work and imagination of our membership.  We also found time to present awards to several of our members and friends for specific outstanding achievements.  Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to every single company that entered.

Thank you to our judges, our sponsors, BRE, Mott MacDonald and Squire Patton Boggs for their generous support, to James Wates CBE our speaker and to His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester for joining us once again and presenting awards in this very special year. Thanks too for the entire Strategy International team – you nailed it!

If you couldn’t make it this year please don’t miss the next one, it really is a calendar highlight.

Normal business continued alongside Awards preparation and on Tuesday we were delighted to welcome Xenia Wickett back to The D Group to discuss that most divisive of figures, Donald Trump. Her take on the consequences of the Trump presidency for business and for the UK/US relationship was equal parts masterful, revelatory, and, crucially, unafraid to tell some hard truths, especially about the UK’s position in an increasingly transactional world order. Her insights, drawn from a career spent in locales as diverse as the White House, the US Department of State, the PeaceNexus Foundation, and of course Chatham House, were a timely wake-up call for all, and we look forward to welcoming her back in the future.

Wednesday morning we had a session on business opportunities in the GCC, a region UK companies have always found attractive. Seumas Kerr the new MD of The D Group, led the discussion with lessons learnt from the Carillion failure. This was followed by a presentation from Christopher Ennis, Director of Time Quantum Forensics on dispute resolution options should the need arise and Steve Crosley, International Business Development Manager, UK Export Finance highlighted UKEF's various support opportunities in the region with £1 to £4bn cover capacity for various countries in the region.

Looking ahead, D Contemporary, our in house art gallery, is delighted to invite you to the private view of The Transient City: London’s Rise and Fall, a solo show by Luke M. Walker on Thursday 19 April from 6pm – 8.30pm. Walker’s paintings are focused on urban landscapes, showing structure and infrastructure through an exploration of the environment. He has regular shows and he is the winner of the signature Art Prize award for Painting 2015.
Here is the invitation. To RSVP please contact Amina Mona.

Hope to see you all soon,


Tracey Smith - Deputy Chair, Strategy International

Event highlights:

Wednesday 18th April – BEI Meeting (16:00)
Infrastructure Project Opportunities in Nicaragua
Dr Paul Oquist, Minister for National Policies, Member of the Government Cabinet for Finance and Foreign Trade, Private Secretary of the President of the Republic of Nicaragua

Thursday 19th April – Private View
The Transient City - Luke Walker

Tuesday 1st May – D Group Dinner
Ensuring a fair energy market
Dermot Nolan, CEO, Ofgem