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FT Brexit and Beyond Summit

A Voice for Business

London |
Speakers include:
Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP

Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP

First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office

Katherine Bennett OBE

Katherine Bennett OBE


Adam Marshall

Adam Marshall

British Chambers of Commerce


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 lowdown 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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Speakers (8)

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

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.  

Courtney Fingar

Courtney Fingar

fDi Magazine

Courtney Fingar is the Editor-in-Chief of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication from the Financial Times, and the head of content for its associated data division, fDi Intelligence. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial production for the bimonthly magazine and its website, as well as editorial outputs for fDi Intelligence.  

She is also the presenter for the ‘fDi On Location’ video series.

A trained journalist, she interviews political and business leaders at the highest levels about economic and investment issues, and has covered business stories in all major regions of the world. She has a special interest in post-conflict investment sparked by her on-the-ground reporting from Iraq in 2009-11.

She is a popular panellist and moderator at international economic gatherings and has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment. 

Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a London-based magazine focusing on trade finance. She worked previously in Washington, DC. 

Nicolas Mackel

Nicolas Mackel

Chief Executive Officer
Luxembourg for Finance

Nicolas Mackel is CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, the Agency for the Development of the Financial Centre, since July 2013.

Mr Mackel is a career diplomat. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Aix-en-Provence, and holds two post-graduate diplomas in European law from the Sorbonne University, respectively the College of Europe in Bruges where he then also served as a teaching assistant in the Law Department. 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).  

Mr Mackel was consecutively posted at Luxembourg's Permanent Representation to the EU (2002-07), as Deputy Chief of Mission at Luxembourg's Embassy in Washington DC (2007-11) and as Consul General in Shanghai (2011-13) where he was in charge of promoting Luxembourg's economic interests throughout China as the Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office.  

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.


Chair and moderators (4)

Daniel Dombey

Daniel Dombey

Brexit Editor and Deputy World News 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

Assistant Editor and Companies Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Companies Editor for the Financial Times in 2013 and she became an Assistant Editor ih 2016. Previously she was the Chief Regulation Correspondent for the Financial Times, covering the UK Financial Services Authority and working with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this posting 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.

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 Brexit negotiations?
    • What could the future UK immigration regime look like?
    • What could a transitional arrangement look like and what payments will the UK still need to make?
    • What could a customs agreement that allows the UK to make new trade deals look like?

    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
    Panel: Scenarios for a post-Brexit UK economy
    • How could the dominance of different sectors shift with Brexit? 
    • How could the FDI landscape change with Brexit?
    • What could trade deals with the US and Japan look like and how would they feed back into the UK economy? 
    • Could a WTO rules-based UK economy remain competitive?

    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine

  • 11:00am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:20am
    EU Keynote Address and Q&A: The future of the European Union

    Brexit is just one of many issues facing the EU. Growth, competitiveness and security are under pressure from a variety of political and economic factors.    

  • 11:50am
    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

    Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce 

    Phil Thomson, President of Global Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline

    Moderator: Brooke Masters, Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    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

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Presentation: Drawing a line between past and future crises

    10 years on from the beginning of the financial crisis, where are we now and could Brexit have a role to play in the next one? 

  • 2:30pm
    Brexit and 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 the impact of Brexit on financial services spread to other sectors?

    Nicolas Mackel, Chief Executive Officer, Luxembourg for Finance

    Moderator: Jonathan Ford, City Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:10pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:30pm
    Panel: Brexit and the changing political landscape
    • Is the UK having a political identity crisis fuelled by Brexit?
    • Is post-truth politics the new norm?
    • To what extent can the government use Brexit to create a new policy agenda?
    • What will it take for Labour to win the next election?
    • How will Brexit affect the UK’s global relevance? 
  • 4:10pm
    Concluding keynote address
  • 4:40pm
    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


Super Early Bird Ticket (ends 30 June)

£ 795

Early Bird Ticket (ends 6 October)

£ 995

Standard Summit Ticket

£ 1295

The registration fee covers your attendance at the conference, this includes refreshments, any documentation made available on the day and the gala dinner. 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 on-going 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.  It is an opportunity for businesses to rethink and reset their futures. KPMG is a global network or professional services firms operating in 155 countries around the world with more than 190,000 people. 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.

Exhibitor (1)

FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region is the inward investment agency of the greater Frankfurt region. The agency’s role is to facilitate investments into the region by providing a range of bespoke services.
We also help you to chase away Frankfurt myths like:
· Not enough office space? – in fact over 1,000,000 sqm high quality free office space
· Only two international schools? – let us connect you with more than 10 of them
· No English spoken? – not our native tongue but our preferred business language

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