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FT Brexit and Beyond Summit

A Voice for Business

London |
Speakers include:
Helena  Morrissey DBE

Helena Morrissey DBE

Adam Marshall

Adam Marshall

British Chambers of Commerce

Gina Miller

Gina Miller

SCM Direct


As UK-EU negotiations reach a decisive phase, influential stakeholders from business, politics and the media will gather at the FT Brexit and Beyond Summit in London on 6 December 2017 for a full day of debate, analysis and networking.

Hear the latest updates on the Brexit talks from leading FT journalists. Get the inside track on how businesses are preparing for a post-Brexit economy. Explore various Brexit outcome scenarios and their potential impact on trade and competitiveness. Discuss how Brexit could affect the UK's global relevance.

Join us in London on 6 December 2017 for the UK's leading Brexit conference.

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Helena  Morrissey DBE

Helena Morrissey DBE

Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management; Founder, 30% Club

Helena Morrissey has been Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management since May 2017. Before this she was Chief Executive Officer of Newton Investment Management for 15 years, overseeing assets that more than doubled during her tenure. She joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. In 2016 she became Non-Executive Chairman. The previous year she was appointed to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board, and in 2014 she became Chair of The IA, the UK’s industry trade body.

In 2010 Ms Morrissey founded the 30% Club, which lobbies for greater female representation on corporate boards. This has now become an international approach, with 30% Clubs in the US, Hong Kong, Ireland, East and Southern Africa, Australia and Malaysia. She also chairs Opportunity Now, Business in the Community’s gender diversity campaign. Ms Morrissey has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In March 2017 she was names 'Person of the Year' in the FT's Boldness in Business Awards. In 2013 and 2014 she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. She is a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals, a Fellow of the London Business School and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants She was appointed DBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York. She is married with nine children.

Adam Marshall

Adam Marshall

Director General
British Chambers of Commerce

Adam Marshall was appointed Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in October 2016. His principal role is to represent and champion the interests of accredited Chambers of Commerce and their tens of thousands of business members – covering every size and sector of business, and employing over five million people in the UK.

Previously, Dr. Marshall served as the BCC’s Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs (July 2009 – March 2016), and as Acting Director General (March – October 2016).

Prior to joining BCC, Dr. Marshall helped start up the Centre for Cities, built commercial links between industry and universities, and worked in the broadcast media. He holds a BA from Yale University and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Marshall is a national of the United Kingdom and the United States.  

Gina Miller

Gina Miller

SCM Direct

Gina Miller is Co-Founder at SCM Direct.  She is also a transparency campaigner and Founder of  Described by Bloomberg as an ‘Establishment Wrecking Ball’ but her drive for transparency, scrutiny and integrity is about reform, not wrecking, and her expertise and campaigning cover investments, charities, democracy and political processes.     Post the financial crisis, Gina and her husband Alan founded SCM Direct as a modern digital wealth manager centred on 100% transparency, low cost and democratising investing.     SCM Direct operates a strong responsible corporate voice which led to the True and Fair Campaign, launched in 2012, calling for an end to rip offs and dubious practices in the investment and pension industry.  Gina’s campaigning has resulted in contributions to three EU Directives – Article 24 of MiFID II, PRIPS and The Shareholder Directive. In the charity sector she has been campaigning for increased corporate philanthropy, ‘smarter giving’ to small dynamic charities, improved governance and safeguarding, and 100% transparency on donations and overheads. In 2016 and again in 2019, Gina successfully challenged the UK Government over its authority to implement Brexit, winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court.  She continues a ‘democracy and legal’ watching brief of the UK Government’s activities as Brexit progresses. In 2018 she launched the End the Chaos campaign to provide simple information so people could make a more informed choice, and to explain popular questions about the EU and the UK’s membership. In 2019 she launched the Remain United campaign which successfully engaged millions of voters in a tactical voting campaign during the 2019 European Parliament Elections. Gina first book ‘Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way’ reaches out to people everywhere looking to raise their voice and inspire them to be responsible, active citizens; as well as find hope when faced with life’s challenges.

Paul  Johnson

Paul Johnson

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Paul Johnson is the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and has held this position since January 2011. He is also a visiting professor at UCL.

Mr Johnson has published and broadcast extensively on the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, inequality and poverty, pensions, education, climate change and public finances. He is author of major books on pensions, tax and inequality. He is one of the authors of the “Mirrlees review” of tax system design.

Prior to this role, Mr Johnson worked at the FSA and where he was the chief economist at the Department for Education, director of public spending in HM Treasury and the deputy head of the UK Government Economic Service.

Mr Johnson is currently a member of the council and executive committee of the Royal Economic Society, a member of the Climate Change Committee, a member of the banking standards board and is on the board of the Office of Tax Simplification. He has previously served on the council of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was a founder council member of the Pensions Policy Institute. He has led reviews of the policy of auto-enrolment into pensions for the DWP and of price statistics for the UKSA. 

Katherine Bennett OBE

Katherine Bennett OBE

Senior Vice President

Katherine Bennett is Senior Vice President, Airbus in the UK. Reporting directly to Airbus CEO, Tom Enders, Ms. Bennett is responsible for all Airbus Public Affairs functions in the UK and the Airbus London office. During her more than a decade at the Company, she has also held roles in communications and spent more than two years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France. 

Before joining Airbus, Ms. Bennett worked at General Motors UK where she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London.  Her time with GM included several months based in the USA.

Ms. Bennett was awarded the Order of the British Empire in June 2004 for services to industry and charity. She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises focused on economic development in UK regions and serves on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association).

Based in London, she is the Director General of the Airbus Intergovernmental Committee across four nations in Europe and has specific responsibility for UK Government Relations for all parts of Airbus.

In December 2015 Ms. Bennett became a Board Member of the International Aviation Womens Association. In March 2016 she was nominated as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. 

Niall FitzGerald KBE

Niall FitzGerald KBE

Former Chief Executive of Unilever
Patron of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Niall FitzGerald is a successful and widely experienced international business leader. His executive career was with Unilever for 37 years. He was an executive board member for 18 years and served respectively as Finance Director, Foods Director and Detergents Director until his appointment as Chairman and CEO in 1996; a position he held until 2004. During his Unilever career, he worked and lived in Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the USA and the UK. 

Mr FitzGerald has chaired a broad range of companies and public bodies. These include Reuters, Hakluyt, the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust, International Business Council, Conference Board, Investment Climate Facility for Africa, British Museum, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and Advertising Association. 

Mr FitzGerald has also served on the Boards of Bank of Ireland, Ericsson, Merck, Prudential Corporation and chaired Audit, Remuneration and Governance Committees. Other Board mandates have included the World Economic Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, International Policy Council for Agriculture and Trade, President of South Africa’s International Advisory Council, Kok Commission on the Lisbon Agenda, and Spencer Stuart Advisory Board. 

Mr FitzGerald’s current engagements include Chairman, Brand Learning; Chairman, NiJaCo; Chairman, Hakluyt International Advisory Board; Chairman, Munster Rugby Commercial Board; Chairman, UCD Graduate Business School; Chairman, Leverhulme Trust; Senior Advisor, Allen & Co.; Member of Mitsubishi International Advisory Committee. He also chairs the Board of Governors of Cumnor House School in West Sussex. He is Patron of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. 

Mr FitzGerald was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire in 2002, and holds a number of honorary doctorates from American, British and Irish universities. He has also been the recipient of numerous other awards for his work on global business issues. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland. 

James Blitz

James Blitz

Whitehall Editor
Financial Times

James Blitz is the FT’s Whitehall Editor and the main writer of the FT’s daily Brexit Briefing. In a wide-ranging career on the paper, he has been Political Editor, Defence and Diplomatic Editor, Rome Bureau Chief and Leader Writer. After graduating from St Andrews and Oxford universities, he started in journalism as a BBC News Trainee and was Moscow correspondent of the Sunday Times in the final Gorbachev years. In 2004, he was awarded the David Watt Prize for a profile he wrote of Tony Blair in the very first edition of the FT magazine. He occasionally comments on British politics for French radio and Italy’s RAI 3 channel.

Karen Briggs

Karen Briggs

Head of Brexit
KPMG in the UK

Karen Briggs is the Head of Brexit and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board at KPMG in the UK. She has built a strong market reputation for working on large-scale international regulatory issues, involving complex legal negotiations, for some of KPMG’s most high profile clients making her well placed to work with organisations at home and abroad as they adapt to the post Brexit world.

In her current role, Ms Briggs leads a dedicated team of specialists to support clients in mitigating the risks and taking advantages of the opportunities that arise from Brexit. 

A Forensic partner by background, Ms Briggs was seconded for two years to the Bank of England's Special Investigations Unit, and became Head of Bank Investigations within the Enforcement Division of the FSA (now FCA) during this period. During this time she was also an advisor to the Board of Banking Supervision.

Ms Briggs’ experience ranges from leading money laundering and fraud investigations to the provision of financial crime advisory services covering fraud risk strategy and operational efficiency reviews.  She has been involved in a number of reports to the regulator concerning fraud investigation, money laundering and miss-selling. She has led large regulatory and fraud investigations for investment banks, insurers and retail banks and has written reports used as expert evidence in the prosecution of fraud. 

Ms Briggs has a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She has been a Partner at KPMG for eighteen years and joined the Executive Board in January 2015.

Ms Briggs has held a number of senior positions including Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering and more recently UK Head of Solutions, which comprises Tax, Deal Advisory and Management & Risk Consulting and the innovation and investment strategy.

Jonathan Marland

Jonathan Marland

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

Jonathan Marland is Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He retired as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and Chairman of the Business Ambassador Network on 1 January 2014.

Lord Marland is the former Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council and was Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2010 and subsequently for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Lord Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc, a multinational insurance business and also founded the Jubilee insurance company.

Phil Thomson

Phil Thomson

President of Global Affairs

Phil Thomson is President of Global Affairs at GlaxoSmithKline and a member of the Group’s Corporate Executive Team. He serves as an advisor and representative of the CEO on corporate and business-related matters, with specific responsibilities for the Group’s strategic approach to reputation, corporate responsibility and global health. He is also responsible for the Group’s engagement and relationships with investors, media, government and employees; management of the corporate brand; and key global community partnerships.

Mr. Thomson joined Glaxo Wellcome as a commercial trainee in 1996, and has worked in a number of external-facing roles on matters related to corporate strategy, business performance and reputation. He earned his degree in English, History and Russian Studies from Durham University.

Mr. Thomson is a Co-Opted Member of the China-Britain Business Council and is Chairman Designate of The Whitehall & Industry Group.  

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute; former Business Editor, Financial Times

Sarah Gordon spent 18 years at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper’s corporate coverage during the financial crisis, and was most recently Business Editor and Associate Editor. Before journalism, she worked in fund management in the UK and the US, and at the UN Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. She was a panel member of the recent independent inquiry into the future of civil society, led by Julia Unwin CBE, and was formerly a trustee of CSV, one of the UK’s largest volunteering charities. She is a visiting professor at Kings College London.  

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Former CEO, Vote Leave and Senior Political Adviser
Shore Capital

Matthew Elliott is one of the UK’s foremost political campaigners, having served as Chief Executive of the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, and Campaign Director of the NOtoAV campaign in the 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote. As a policy entrepreneur, he has founded and run numerous award-winning campaigns, including the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Big Brother Watch and Business for Britain, the precursor to Vote Leave. Mr Elliott has been described by the Financial Times as “one of the most formidable political strategists in Westminster”, and by the New European as “an unsung titan of the Brexit cause”. Through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, he has worked with political parties across the world, including in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, the Maldives, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine. He has written four books, numerous op-eds, appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a frequent speaker both in the UK and overseas. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and the Senior Political Adviser to Shore Capital. He tweets at @matthew_elliott.

Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy

Financial Services Partner
KPMG in the UK

Joe Cassidy is a Partner in the financial services advisory practice at KPMG in the UK. He leads on Brexit for banking and markets and helps clients as well as regulators and government departments understand the implications of the UK’s move to leave the European Union. He is also the firm’s global leader of the market infrastructure group, which includes exchanges, FMUs, data services and market intermediaries.

Mr Cassidy has nearly 30 years of pan-financial services experience in such fields as retail banking technology, design of secure payment systems, asset management and wealth management. He has presented at global forums and to regulators on economic effects of compound regulation and Brexit. He regularly speaks at industry events across a number of topics and spoke at Eurofi 2018 on Brexit: what way forward less than one year from the Article 50 deadline. His latest Brexit article explores Brexit’s impact on funding to the real economy.  

Mr Cassidy has held a number of global roles with Deutsche Bank, Nomura and Lloyds Bank as well as being a Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group. He has also been involved in establishing joint ventures globally and in the setup of exchanges and financial market utilities. In addition, he has served on regulatory affairs committees at banks and brokerage firms.

Deborah Sherry

Deborah Sherry

General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer
GE Digital Europe

Deborah Sherry is the General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer of GE Digital in Europe. Her mission is to deliver the next industrial revolution. Her division delivers cloud-based solutions that connect industry, transforming industrial businesses into digital industrial businesses by generating insights from machines and translating data to intelligence to drive step-change improvement in productivity.

Prior to joining GE, Deborah spent nearly 9 years at Google. She led divisions across EMEA, opened new markets and increased business 5-fold for Google. Before joining Google, Deborah spent 7 years in the France Telecom Group (now Orange) running multi-platform portal and advertising businesses and global platform convergence efforts. Deborah also worked at Samsung, based in the Chairman’s office in Korea, driving transformation across Samsung Electronics and other Samsung companies, and she worked at Citibank in London. Deborah has an MBA from the London Business School, an MA (Hons) Law from Oxford University and a BA from Columbia University.

Outside of the day job, Deborah has held a variety of roles in industry and in the community. She is a strong supporter of diversity, promoting equality for women and the LGBT community. She is an avid supporter of Chelsea FC. Deborah has lived on three continents and currently enjoys life in the North Downs of Surrey, England.

Gergely Polner

Gergely Polner

Head of Europe Public Affairs
Standard Chartered

Gergely Polner joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2014. His work focuses on Brexit, financial services regulation, the extraterritorial impact of EU rules, financial crime compliance and trade negotiations. Previously, he worked as Head of EU Affairs for the British Bankers’ Association, Head of Public Affairs for the European Parliament in the UK and Spokesperson for the Presidency of the EU Council. Prior to his City career, he spent eight years at the EU Institutions, worked as a lawyer and built a successful legal translation business.   

Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP

Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP

First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Damian Green was appointed First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office on 11 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Ashford in 1997.

From 1978 to 1992 he worked for the BBC and The Times, as well as Channel 4, where he was a producer and presenter specialising in business programmes. In 1992 he joined John Major’s policy unit, where he worked for 2 years.

Mr. Green held a number of positions in the Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2001 to 2003, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport between 2003 and 2004 and Shadow Minister for Immigration from 2005 to 2010. He served as Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims (jointly with the Home Office) from September 2012 to July 2014.

Mr. Green was Minister of State for Immigration from May 2010 to September 2012 and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from July 2016 to June 2017.

Mr. Green was educated at Reading School and Balliol College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1977.

Rt. Hon. Joanna Cherry QC MP

Rt. Hon. Joanna Cherry QC MP

Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson

Joanna Cherry QC MP worked as a research assistant with the Scottish Law Commission in 1990 before practising as a solicitor with Brodies WS until 1995. Ms Cherry was admitted as an advocate in 1995, with a particular interest in employment and industrial relations, health and safety, mental health, personal injury and professional negligence. She served as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2008, and as an Advocate Depute and Senior Advocate Depute from 2008 to 2011. She was one of the first sex crimes prosecutors in the Crown Office’s pioneering National Sex Crimes Unit and she has appeared at the UK Supreme Court, including twice on behalf of the Lord Advocate. She received silk in 2009 and was an advocate with the Arnot Manderson stable within the Faculty of Advocates.

Ms Cherry is currently the MP for Edinburgh South West and SNP front bench spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs in the House of Commons. She is also a member of the Exiting the EU Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. During the 2014 Independence Referendum she co-founded and led “Lawyers for Yes”, a group of around 200 lawyers who had a high profile during the campaign and promoted the desirability of continuing EU membership for an independent Scotland. She co-authored the textbook ‘Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice’ (Sweet and Maxwell, 2014). Ms Cherry is a member of the JUSTICE Council.

Rt. Hon. Barry Gardiner MP

Rt. Hon. Barry Gardiner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

Barry Gardiner MP is the UK Official Opposition Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change. Under previous Labour governments, Barry served as the Minister for Competitiveness in the Department of Trade & Industry, the Minister for Biodiversity, as well as a Direct Rule Minister in the Northern Ireland Office. Mr Gardiner served on Labour's front bench as the Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries and Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change before he was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet in June 2016 in his current position. Mr Gardiner is currently the Vice-President for Europe on the board of the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment.

Sir Simon Fraser

Sir Simon Fraser

Former Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Managing Partner
Flint Global

Sir Simon Fraser is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. He supports clients managing complex European and international policy issues, and lead teams helping clients respond to the challenges of Brexit.

Sir Simon previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from August 2010 to July 2015. In this period, he was on the UK’s National Security Council.

Prior to that, he was Permanent Secretary at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has also served as Director General for Europe in the FCO and as Chief of Staff to the European Trade Commissioner.

Sir Simon has worked in the British Embassies in Baghdad and Damascus, as political counsellor at the British Embassy in Paris and as Head of Policy Planning in the FCO. He is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.  

Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor

Honorary Research Fellow
City University London

Ann Pettifor is a director of the think-tank Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME). In September 2015 she was appointed as a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Economic Advisory Committee, along with Mariana Mazzucato, Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty, Anastasia Nesvetailova and Danny Blanchflower. Her background is in sovereign debt – particularly those of low-income countries. More recently she has analysed, and written extensively on both the private and public debts of Anglo-American economies. She was one of the leaders of the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which led to the writing off of $100 bn (in nominal terms) of debt owed by 35 of the poorest countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Ms Pettifor was one of the few people to correctly predict (in 2003 and 2006) the global debt-deflationary crisis of 2007. In 2005 she helped the Nigerian Debt Management Office clear $30 bn of debt owed to the Paris Club of creditors. She is an honorary research fellow at City Political Economy Research Centre, City University London: and is Chair of the Advisory Board at Goldsmiths College’s Political Economy Research Centre, London. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Newcastle and is a senior fellow of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in London.

Gerard Lyons

Gerard Lyons

Chief Economic Strategist
Netwealth Investments

Dr Gerard Lyons is an expert on the global economy, financial markets and monetary policy. He has a portfolio of roles in finance, universities and economics, including Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments, Advisory Board of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Board Member of Bank of China (UK). He is co-author of Clean Brexit (Biteback publishers). Dr Lyons previously held senior roles at Chase, Swiss Bank, DKB International and Standard Chartered Bank. He was Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson in his second term as Mayor of London, where among other things Lyons championed the Living Wage.  

Alex Barker

Alex Barker

Brussels Bureau Chief
Financial Times

Alex Barker was appointed as Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times in May 2016 after five years in Brussels working as the FT’s European diplomatic editor and EU correspondent. Prior to that, he spent four years as a UK political correspondent in Westminster. Mr Barker started his career in current affairs television. After taking a Masters degree at Columbia University, he joined the FT as a graduate trainee in 2005. His reporting stints have included covering a US presidential campaign and a constitutional crisis in Ankara.

Nicolas Mackel

Nicolas Mackel

Chief Executive Officer
Luxembourg for Finance

Nicolas Mackel has been the CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, the agency for the development of the financial centre, since 2013. He is a career diplomat. He worked as a legal clerk at the European Court of Justice before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999. His assignments focused on the successive EU Treaty negotiations (Amsterdam, Nice, Constitution, Lisbon). Nicolas was consecutively posted at Luxembourg's Permanent Representation to the EU in 2002, as Deputy Chief of Mission at Luxembourg's Embassy in Washington DC in 2007 and as Consul General in Shanghai in 2011, where he was in charge of promoting Luxembourg's economic interests throughout China as the executive director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office.  He graduated with a law degree from the University of Aix‐en‐Provence, and holds two postgraduate diplomas in European law respectively from the Sorbonne University and from the College of Europe in Bruges, where he also served as a teaching assistant in the Law Department. 


Chair and moderators (5)

Daniel Dombey

Daniel Dombey

Brexit Editor
Financial Times

Daniel Dombey is the Financial Times's Brexit Editor. He also has the post of Deputy World News Editor. Before returning to the UK in June 2015, he served as Turkey Correspondent, based primarily in Istanbul. He had been previously stationed in Washington, working there from 2007 until 2011 as the FT's US Diplomatic Correspondent. Mr Dombey has also covered the diplomatic beat for the FT in both London and Brussels. During five years in the Belgian capital, he covered a series of other areas, including the start of EU membership negotiations with Turkey, competition policy and efforts to agree on a European constitution. Mr Dombey started writing for the FT in Mexico in 1995. He has an MPhil in Latin American Studies from Cambridge University and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Brooke Masters

Brooke Masters

Comment and Analysis Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Comment and Analysis Editor for the Financial Times in 2018. Previously she was an Assistant Editor, Companies Editor and Chief Regulation Correspondent. In the latter role she covered the UK Financial Services Authority and worked with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this, she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.

George  Parker

George Parker

Political Editor
Financial Times

George Parker was appointed political editor for the Financial Times in September 2007. He has won acclaim for his coverage of the financial crisis and the political drama leading up to the formation of the coalition government.
George's career as a political journalist stretches back to 1990 when he became the Western Morning News political editor, covering the downfall of Margaret Thatcher. He joined the FT as a political correspondent in 1995.
In 2010 he was elected chairman of the parliamentary press gallery and was shortlisted for the UK Press Gazette awards as political journalist of the year. In a UKPG ranking of the top 50 political journalists, George was rated third in a survey of his peers. He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio, and is a guest presenter of Radio 4's Week in Westminster and What the Papers Say
Apart from political journalism, he was the FT's bureau chief in Brussels from 2002-7 and he remains a close follower of European politics. He was the FT's UK news editor from 1999-2002.
George read geography at Queen Mary College, London and was born in 1966. He grew up in Guildford and on a farm in Devon. His interests include a deluded passion for Crystal Palace, cricket and cycling. He is married to Gabrielle, with three children, Jack, Ellie and Maddie.

Follow George on Twitter: @GeorgeParkerFT 

Jonathan  Ford

Jonathan Ford

City Editor
Financial Times


Jonathan Ford is the City editor of the Financial Times. He was previously the FT’s Chief Leader Writer, and before that Comment Editor of Reuters. He was one of the founders and Deputy Editor of Breakingviews, an online financial commentary website. Prior to that he worked on the Lex column of the FT. A graduate of Oxford University, he started his career in investment banking, working for Morgan Grenfell, now a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank.

Quentin  Peel

Quentin Peel

Financial Times

Quentin Peel joined the FT in 1975, and was variously correspondent in Johannesburg, Africa editor, bureau chief in Brussels, Moscow, and Bonn. He was foreign editor and international affairs editor from 1994-2010, and finally chief correspondent in Berlin until 2013.

He writes about Europe and international relations, security and geopolitics, trying to disentangle fact from fantasy, and read between the lines of propaganda and prejudice. He is now Mercator senior fellow on the European programme at Chatham House in London.


Agenda - 6th Dec

  • 8:00am
    Registration and refreshments
  • 9:00am
    Opening remarks

    Dan Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    FT Brexit Briefing
    • What is the current state of play in the negotiations?
    • Is a two-year transition going to be long enough? 
    • How is the government's negotiating position being influenced by business? 
    • What will happen in parliament over the next 9 months? 
    • What will future trade deals look like realistically, with the EU and the ROW? 
    • How will a new customs union work?

    Alex Barker, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

    Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, Financial Times

    Moderator: Quentin Peel, Commentator, Financial Times and Associate Fellow, Chatham House

  • 9:50am
    Keynote Address

    Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP, First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office

  • 10:20am
    Scenario analysis: What could a post-Brexit UK economy look like?
    • How could Brexit shape the UK economy in the years ahead?
    • What could be the consequences of Brexit for productivity?
    • What could be the impact of a no deal or WTO rules-based deal on the economy?
    • How could Brexit change UK trading relationships?

    Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies

    Gerard Lyons, Economic Strategist, Netwealth Investments 

    Jonathan Marland, Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council 

    Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management

    Ann Pettifor, Director, Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME)

    Moderator: Dan Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:10am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:30am
    A Brexit that works for all - Big principles for a strong Brexit partnership

    Niall FitzGerald KBE DSA, Former Chief Executive of Unilever and Patron of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce

  • 12:00pm
    Panel: Brexit through a business lens
    • What matters most for each sector?
    • What is the right regulatory environment for business?
    • How are businesses preparing for customs checks and the end of tariff-free access?
    • What kind of transitional arrangement does business need?
    • How can businesses communicate their interests to politicians and the public more effectively?
    • How can outsourcing be used as part of a strategy to reduce the risks of Brexit? 

    Katherine Bennett OBE, Senior Vice President, Airbus

    Karen Briggs, Head of Brexit, KPMG

    Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce 

    Phil Thomson, President of Global Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline

    Moderator: Brooke Masters, Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Presentation: Why digitalisation will drive British industrial productivity post-Brexit

    The Industrial Internet of Things plays a vital role in the future of Britain’s economic competitiveness. But what are the core technologies that are enabling this transformation, what are the hurdles that leaders must overcome to implement it, and how do we manage the impacts on the future of work for our societies?

    Deborah Sherry, Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital in Europe

  • 2:25pm
    Brexit and the future of financial services
    • How will cross-border activity change and what new risks may arise?
    • Will Brexit undercut or reinforce global initiatives on financial services regulation?
    • How is the City changing because of Brexit and how many jobs are at stake?
    • What are the key challenges in transferring to new infrastructure and legal entities?
    • How could disruption in banking, insurance and other financial services affect other sectors?

    Joe Cassidy, Partner, KPMG 

    Nicolas Mackel, Chief Executive Officer, Luxembourg for Finance

    Gina Miller, Founding Partner, SCM Direct 

    Gergely Polner, Head of Europe Public Affairs, Standard Chartered

    Moderator: Jonathan Ford, City Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:35pm
    Panel: Brexit and the evolving geopolitical landscape
    • Is the UK having a political identity crisis fuelled by Brexit?
    • How likely is a change of power in the coming year?
    • To what extent could the government use Brexit to create a fresh domestic and foreign policy agenda?
    • How does Brexit compare with other geopolitical risks for business?
    • How will Brexit affect the UK’s global relevance?

    Rt. Hon. Joanna Cherry MP

    Matthew Elliot, Former CEO, Vote Leave and Senior Political Adviser, Shore Capital

    Sir Simon Fraser, Former Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Managing Partner, Flint Global

    Moderator: George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:25pm
    Keynote interview

    Rt. Hon. Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

    Interviewed by George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:55pm
    Closing remarks

    Dan Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Drinks reception

Why should I attend?

  • Gain insights into the future of citizenship in Europe
  • Explore the prospects for a new era of international trade relations
  • Hear conflicting views on the macroeconomic outlook for the UK and EU 
  • Understand how the City of London  could change because of Brexit 
  • Discuss what kind of ties Britain can forge with the customs union

Who will I be meeting?

  • Business professionals from all sectors including finance, energy, healthcare, utilities, transport and technology 
  • Economists and policy experts from think tanks and academia specialising in European and foreign affairs
  • Politicians and civil servants from UK government and EU institutions including the European Commission, European Council, European Parliament and ECB
  • Directors from international trade organisations and regulatory agencies
  • Ambassadors and diplomats from EU member states and other nations 

Past speakers include

Brexit past speakers


Past delegates include

We have hosted the inaugural FT Brexit & Beyond Summit in April and these are a few of the companies that attended:

Accenture • Aon Benfield • Baker & McKenzie • Balfour Beatty • Barclays PLC • BBC World Service • BGL BNP Paribas • Bloomberg News, London • Boeing • BP Plc • British Chambers of Commerce • BT • CBI • Centre for European Reform • Citi • Credit Suisse • Danone • Deloitte • Dentons UKMEA LLP • Department for International Trade • Department of Finance • Direct Line Group • Drax Group plc • EDF Energy • EirGrid plc • EY • FCA • Goldman Sachs International • Google UK • Greencore Group plc • Johnson Matthey • Jones Lang LaSalle • Just Eat Holdings plc • Kabee • Kingfisher • Knight Frank • KPMG • Lloyds Bank plc • L'Oreal UKI • Macquarie Group • Matheson • Moody's • Morgan Stanley • National Express Group PLC • NatWest Markets • NBA • Nikkei • Nomura • PepsiCo UKI • Petronas Energy Trading Limited • Pfizer • PwC • Rolls-Royce plc • Royal Mail • Santander • Shell UK • Specsavers Optical Group • Tata Steel Europe • Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe • Unilever • Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd • Virgin Media • Volkswagen Group UK Ltd • Volvo Car UK Limited • Walpole • YouGov and many more.


Tickets and Fees

We are delighted that you are considering to join our second Brexit Summit. Booking your ticket it's easy, simply click on the 'Register now' button and follow the instructions.

Delegate Fees:

Ticket Type


SME Discount: email to apply

£ 795

Early Bird Ticket (ends 6 October)

£ 995

Standard Summit Ticket

£ 1295

The registration fee covers your attendance at the conference, this includes refreshments, plus any documentation made available on the day. Our fees do not include travel and accommodation costs. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.


Discounts are available when registering multiple delegates. When booking 3 - 5 places save 10% per ticket, 6 - 9 places save 20% per ticket and for 10+ tickets save 30% per ticket. Discounts will automatically apply when booking.


Founding Sponsor (1)

KPMG is committed to helping businesses transform for tomorrow by bringing innovative approaches and deep expertise to the challenge of Brexit. Given the ongoing market uncertainty and potential wide-sweeping changes that lie ahead, we believe that businesses need to prepare fully to maximise opportunities and remain agile to secure competitive advantage in a post Brexit world.

In the UK, KPMG employs 12,000 people across 22 offices across the country and we are part of a global network operating in 155 countries around the world. Providing audit, tax and advisory services we combine our multi-disciplinary approach with deep industry knowledge to help clients meet challenges and find opportunities each and every day. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity.

Associate Sponsor (1)

Luxembourg for Finance (LFF) is the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre. It is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg Government and the Luxembourg Financial Industry Federation (PROFIL). Founded in 2008, its objective is to develop Luxembourg’s financial services industry and identify new business opportunities.

LFF connects international investors to the range of financial services provided in Luxembourg, such as investment funds, wealth management, capital market operations or advisory services. In addition to being the first port of call for foreign journalists, LFF cooperates with the various professional associations and monitors global trends in finance, providing the necessary material on products and services available in Luxembourg. Furthermore, LFF manages multiple communication channels, organises seminars in international business locations, and takes part in selected world-class trade fairs and congresses.

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