The sun is shining, Easter is just around the corner and everyone here at 23 Grafton Street are basking in the glow of another fantastic British Expertise International Awards. A truly inspiring display of the exceptional projects and impact UK infrastructure is having across the globe. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of the winners, but equally those companies short listed for what was another keenly contested awards.

View the 2019 BEI Award Winners →

On a more sombre note we must acknowledge the sad events in Paris this week. A huge loss to the whole country, but in time and with generous donations already pouring in we know they will repair and rebuild.

Next week we look forward to debating many important subjects including the future of transport, hearing from Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and finding out from the Chief Executive of Public Health England about what “Good Health” really means.

All that it leaves me to do is to wish everyone a great weekend and a fabulous Easter!

Best Wishes,


James Jones, Director of Account Management

Event highlights:

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – BEI 
Simon Penney Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – The D Group Dinner
The Future of Transport
Richard Threlfall, Global Head of Infrastructure, KPMG International

Wednesday 24th April 2019 – BEI
Key Themes for 2019: East Africa
Veronica Bolton Smith, Strategy & Development, Invest Africa

Thursday 25th April 2019 – The D Group Breakfast
Good health and what we mean by this
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England

Thursday 25th April 2019 – BEI 
Myth Busting with DFID for SMEs 
The UK Department for International Development 

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – The D Group Lunch 
Bringing business sense to the NHS  
Baroness Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvement  

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – BEI 
Key Themes for 2019: West Africa   
Olusegan Okubanjo, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OBSIDIAN  

Wednesday 1st May 2019 – BEI 
Safeguarding Network – Next Steps  
Karen Eeuwens, DFID Safeguarding Unit

Wednesday 8th May 2019 – The D Group Lunch
Procurement – aligning business and the civil service
John Manzoni, CEO, Civil Service

Thursday 9th May 2019 – The D Group Lunch
Advisory Boards – Their relevance in a changing society  
Paul Turner & Peter Felix CBE, Principals, Turner Felix Associates