List of 2018 past briefings

January 15, 2018

Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Chair House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU:

“Planning for the future—seeking consensus and a positive relationship with Europe”

January 24, 2018

Sir Kim Darroch KCMG, UK Ambassador to the USA:

“USA update”

January 31, 2018

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director Victoria and Albert Museum:

“The contribution of cultural organisations-- encouraging international understanding and cooperation”

February 7, 2018

Adam Marshall, Director General British Chambers of Commerce:

“Business, Brexit and UK Growth”

February 14, 2018

Lord Rees of Ludlow OM FRS FREng FMedSci FRAS, Astronomer Royal and co-author of the Global Apollo Programme:

“The role of science, research and technology in making the transition to low carbon energy"

February 20, 2018

Chuka Umunna MP, Vice-Chair UK and Europe All-Party Parliamentary Group:

“Making political and economic sense of the UK’s relationship with the European Union”

February 26, 2018

Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Department for Transport:

“Transport and energy challenges and opportunities”

March 7, 2018

Lord Currie of Marylebone, Chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority and of the Advertising Standards Authority:

“Maintaining Trust in Markets”

March 14, 2018

Gareth Davies, Director General, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy:

“Industrial Strategy”

March 19, 2018

HE Mr Nigel Casey CMG MVO, British High Commissioner to South Africa:

“South Africa update”

March 21, 2018

Stephen Henwood CBE, Chairman, Aerospace Technology Institute:

“Raising ambition in the UK Aerospace Sector”

May 1, 2018

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich CBE, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London:

“When does vocational education ‘work’? And why?”

May 16, 2018

Crawford Falconer, Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade:

“How trade agreements are negotiated”

May 21, 2018

Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone CB CBE, Commander, NATO Allied Maritime Command:

“NATO’s response to changing threats and security challenges”

May 23, 2018

HE Sir Sebastian Wood CMG, British Ambassador to Germany:

“Germany update”

May 30, 2018

Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO, Permanent Under Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs:

“UK diplomacy to match political, trade and cultural opportunities”

June 14, 2018

Rt Hon Sir Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MEP:

“What happened to the politics of the centre?”

June 19, 2018

Richard Burn, HM Trade Commissioner for China

"China Trade Update"

June 20, 2018

Professor Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK and Lead on the Government commissioned Made Smarter Review of industrial digitalisation:

“Improving UK competitiveness—the future of industry”

July 11, 2018

Rt Hon Lord Forsyth, Chairman House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee:

“Discussion on Post School Education”

July 18, 2018

HE The Hon Sir Dominic Asquith, UK High Commissioner to India:

“India update”

September 5, 2018

Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation:

“Brexit and the City: challenges, threats and opportunities”

September 12, 2018

Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade:

“Objectives for International Trade and Investment: forward look”

September 26, 2018

Jeremy Bentham, Vice President Global Business Environment, Shell International:

“Rising to the challenge of more energy while decreasing our carbon footprint”

October 1, 2018

HE Sir Dominick Chilcott KCMG, British Ambassador to Turkey:

“Turkey update”

October 17, 2018

Filip van Elsen, Partner and Head of Global TMT Group, Allen and Overy

“The ethical dimension of data processing in the context of AI and robotics”

October 24, 2018

Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP, former Secretary of State for Climate Change:

“The roles of government, regulators and the private sector in addressing the challenges of climate change”

November 7, 2018

Professor John Miles RAEng, Research Professor in Transitional Energy Strategies, Department of Engineering University of Cambridge:

"How to meet the challenge of the transition to affordable and environmentally friendly energy"

November 8, 2018

Professor Peter Trubowitz, Director of United States Centre, London School of Economics

“Discussion on the results of the US mid-term elections”

November 14, 2018

Tony Danker, Chief Executive Productivity Leadership Group/bethebusiness:

“Business leadership—the route to unlocking UK productivity”

November 21, 2018

Anthony L Gardner, United States Ambassador to the European Union 2014 to 2017:

“Trade wars and US/Europe relations”

November 28, 2018

Bernadette Kelly CB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

“UK transport infrastructure investment and its contribution to economic growth”