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Banking and Capital Markets

FT Brexit and Beyond Summit

Planning for Post-Brexit Growth

London |
Speakers include:
Sir Charlie  Mayfield

Sir Charlie Mayfield

John Lewis Partnership

Patricia  Cobian

Patricia Cobian

Chief Financial Officer, Telefonica UK

Helen  McEntee TD

Helen McEntee TD

Government of Ireland


The Financial Times is proud to announce the third FT Brexit and Beyond Summit. As negotiations continue, agreements are made and the shape of Brexit becomes clearer, stakeholders from business, politics and academia will gather in June 2018 to discuss what it all means.

Hear expert analysis on the latest developments from senior FT journalists plugged into Westminster, Brussels and the UK regions. Explore the economic transition facing the UK, listen to case studies of how businesses are planning for the future and discuss how success can be achieved in a post-Brexit landscape.

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Testimonials from 2017's event:

"Compelling and thought provoking." - Ernie Stelzner, Chief Regulatory Officer, Objecttech Group

"FT your indispensable guide to tomorrow's world." - Anthony Simon, former Marketing President, Unilever

"A good general overview to Brexit." - Sean Mellis, Brexit Manager, Capital Markets, Accenture

"It's really important to discuss the nature of Britian's post brexit relationship. We need conferences like this with people from the business community to think about what the relationship will be like between Britian and the EU going forward." - Matthew Elliot, Senior Political Adviser, Shore Capital


Agenda - 12th Jun

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

    Dan Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    FT Brexit Briefing

    With less than a year until one of the biggest moments in UK economic history, some of the FT’s most senior journalists discuss the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations. Hear from our journalists in London and Brussels who have broken some of the key Brexit stories since 2016 and find out how the three campaigns of remain, soft Brexit and hard Brexit are taking shape. Learn about the ‘Macron effect’ and the divisions in the EU-27, and find out what this all means for business.

    Alex Barker, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

    Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, Financial Times

    George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times

    Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times


    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor and Deputy World News Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:55am
    Keynote: Preparing for Brexit
    • What do businesses need from policy makers in the run up to Brexit?
    • What compromises and trade-offs can businesses accept as part of the Brexit deal?
    • What are the future priorities of business?
    • What is the link between Brexit and productivity?

    Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership

  • 10:15am
    Keynote speech: The vision for post-Brexit growth

    James Stewart, Vice Chair & Head of Brexit, KPMG in the UK

  • 10:30am
    Panel discussion: Post-Brexit trade and industrial strategy
    • What sort of trade deal do we need? And how will it impact on supply chains?
    • How are industrial strategy, industrial policy and trade policy interlinked?
    • What impact could a change in government have on the UK’s industrial strategy?
    • Is a period of fiscal tightening on the horizon? And what will it mean for business?
    • How will businesses keep their supply chains moving?
    • How are businesses addressing regulatory and tax changes? And should the UK be a low-regulation, low tax environment?
    • How can we improve productivity?

    Frances Haque, Chief Economist, Santander UK

    Ian Howells, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe

    Juergen Maier, UK Chief Executive, Siemens

    James Stewart, Vice Chair & Head of Brexit, KPMG in the UK


    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:20am
    Morning refreshments
  • 11:55am
    Discussion: An international perspective on Brexit

    Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson


    Alex Barker, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 12:15pm
    Introductory case study: Securing the UK’s future as a leading digital economy

    Patricia Cobian, CFO, Telefónica UK

  • 12:25pm
    Followed by panel discussion: The services sector and Brexit

    • How will the services sector be affected by Brexit?
    • What opportunities are there for other European cities/countries to capture services sector investment?
    • How will the UK continue to innovate and grow its IT and Fintech sectors after Brexit?
    • How is the UK and European start-up scene changing as a result of Brexit?
    • Where do services fit into the future UK economy?
    • What can the broader service sector learn from the financial services industry’s approach to Brexit?
    • How can IT be used to make new government policies workable?

    Ann Cairns, President, International, Mastercard Worldwide

    Patricia Cobian, Chief Financial Officer, Telefónica UK

    Jean-Paul Zens, Director-General, Media and Communications Department, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Luxembourg 


    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor and Deputy World News Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:05pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:10pm
    Keynote: A European perspective

    Insights into the future of Europe. Could a two-tier Europe emerge as a result of Brexit? Will greater integration take place? How will on-going challenges such as migration and separatism be addressed? What does Brexit mean to Ireland? What are the time scales for Irish border and regulatory alignment? And what will that mean for people?

    Helen McEntee T.D., Minister of State for European Affairs, Government of Ireland

  • 2:30pm
    Panel discussion: Brexit and the regions
    • What do international investors look for in the UK regions?
    • How has international investor sentiment in the regions changed as a result of Brexit?
    • How are regional leaders preparing?
    • How is the macro environment impacting on organisations in the regions?
    • What does Brexit mean for the devolution debate?
    • How will growth hubs support businesses in the future when EU money dries up?
    • How can government and big business connect to SMEs to mobilise their potential?

    Julian David, CEO,techUK

    Chris Hearld, North Regional Chairman, KPMG UK

    Denise Li, Founder and CEO, PGC Capital

    Guy Platten, Chief Executive, UK Chamber of Shipping


    Chris Giles, Economics Editor,Financial Times

  • 3:05pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:30pm
    Keynote interview

    Sir Ivan Rogers, Former UK Ambassador to the EU

    Interviewed by:

    George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:45pm
    Keynote speech

    John Mills, Chairman, JML

  • 3:55pm
    Panel discussion: Scenario planning
    • Is a disorderly Brexit likely – and what are the practical consequences?
    • What could a transition deal look like? And what are the consequences?
    • How will non-Brexit activities such as automation, innovation, insourcing and a potential Labour government impact on the future of business? And how do you plan for this?
    • What does staying in or out of the customs union mean for business?
    • How can we re-skill for the jobs of the future?

    Dame Nicola Brewer, Vice Provost (International), UCL

    Alan Higgins, Chief Investment Officer, UK, Coutts

    Alan Houmann, Managing Director, Head of Government Affairs, EMEA, Citi

    John Mills, Chairman, JML

    Guy Platten, Chief Executive, UK Chamber of Shipping


    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Circular dialogues

    Panellists and moderators join delegates at their tables to discuss future post-Brexit scenarios.

  • 4:50pm
    Closing Summit Review

    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor and Deputy World News Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Drinks reception

Keynotes & Speakers (22)

Sir Charlie  Mayfield

Sir Charlie Mayfield

John Lewis Partnership

Sir Charlie Mayfield became the Partnership's fifth Chairman in March 2007. He joined the Partnership in 2000 as Head of Business Development, responsible for business strategy and development for both John Lewis and Waitrose.

Sir Charlie joined the Board as Development Director in 2001 and was responsible for developing the Partnership's online strategy. He became Managing Director of John Lewis in January 2005 prior to taking up his appointment as Chairman of the Partnership in March 2007.

Sir Charlie began his career as an officer in the army. He joined SmithKline Beecham in 1992 and became Marketing Manager for the Lucozade brand, before moving to McKinsey & Co in 1996. Sir Charlie was the Government appointed Chair of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 2010 to 2016. He is President of the Employee Ownership Association, a Director of Central Surrey Health Trustee Limited and is non-executive Chairman of QA Group, an IT and business skills training and education provider.

Patricia  Cobian

Patricia Cobian

Chief Financial Officer, Telefonica UK

Patricia was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Telefonica UK in September 2016. She was previously Telefonica UK’s Strategy & Transformation Director since September 2014 and up to her appointment as CFO.

Before joining the Telefonica UK leadership team, Patricia led for Telefonica S.A. the post-merger integration planning of Telefonica Deutschland with ePlus through to deal completion.  Prior to this, she was the Director for Business Development in Telefonica Europe, where she also led strategy, marketing innovation and played a key role in a number of partnerships, spectrum auctions, infrastructure sharing deals and key acquisitions and divestitures in the region. She joined the Telefonica Group in 2006 as VP Strategy and Development for Telefonica Europe.

Patricia has deep expertise in the TMT space with 15+ years track record in leading teams at the intersection of evolving customer trends, market structure and technology. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and she was appointed Strategic Adviser to Lumia Capital, an expansion-stage VC in January 2016.

Before joining Telefonica, Patricia was a consultant with the TMT and Corporate Finance practices of McKinsey & Company, working with clients in Europe, LatAm and the US. Patricia started her career in Hewlett-Packard and holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICAI (Madrid).

Helen  McEntee TD

Helen McEntee TD

Minister of State for European Affairs
Government of Ireland

Helen McEntee is Minister of State for European Affairs in the Irish government. She has been aTeachta Dála (TD/Member of the Irish Parliament) for Fine Gael since March 2013.She was appointed Minister for Mental Health and Older People at the Department of Health in May 2016. In June 2017, as part of a Government reshuffle by newly appointed Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Minister McEntee was promoted to her currentposition of Minister of State for European Affairs at the Departments of An Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

John Mills

John Mills


John Mills is an entrepreneur and economist who has long been involved with political affairs. He is the founder and Chairman of John Mills Limited (JML) which specialised is selling high volume consumer products using audio-visual methods of promoting their sale both in the UK and in many other countries – about 85 at the last count. His main interests as an economist are the UK’s relationship with the EU and the relatively poor performance of Western economies compared with those in the East. .Mr Mills was for many years a senior Labour elected member of both Camden Council, the London Borough’s Association and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and in the late 1980s he was Deputy Chairman of the London Dockland Development Corporation. He is currently Founder and Chairman of Labour Leave, the campaign which put forward the progressive left-leaning case for Brexit and successfully fought to get the UK out of the EU. Mr Mills is also Vice Chairman of the Economic Research Council and Chairman of the Pound Campaign, which seeks to reverse the decline of British industry and rebalance the UK economy. He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and he has a large number of published books, articles, pamphlets and tracts to his credit.

Sir Ivan  Rogers

Sir Ivan Rogers

Former UK Ambassador to the EU
Juergen Maier

Juergen Maier

UK Chief Executive

Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive of Siemens UK on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008, and held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton. Mr Maier joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an Honorary Professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014. He is a passionate advocate of the UK rebalancing its economy and supports many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. Mr Maier was appointed as a non-Executive Board member of the UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills in 2014, is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP.  

Alan  Houmann

Alan Houmann

Managing Director, Head of Government Affairs, EMEA

Alan Houmann is the Managing Director and Head of Citi’s government affairs team for Europe, Middle East and Africa. The team is focussed on public policy issues, including regulatory reform. Mr Houmann is a member of Citi’s EMEA Operating Committee (OpCo), and is the regional representative on Citi’s Pride Affinity Steering Committee. He is based in London.

Mr Houmann participates actively in EU financial services policy, working closely with a number of trade associations and think tanks. He joined Citi in 2007, from the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS), which has since been re-established as the European Banking Authority (EBA). Prior to CEBS, he worked on international banking policy and supervisory cooperation at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA).  He has also served in the European Commission, in the directorate for economic and financial affairs, and in the team leading the introduction of the euro. Mr Houmann has also been a member of the secretariat of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee (EFC, the committee preparing finance ministry and central bank discussions). He spent a year with the European Banking Federation (EBF), on secondment from HM Treasury (the UK ministry of finance).  Mr Houmann started his career as an Economist with HM Treasury.  

He has Master’s degrees in international studies and philosophy, from the University of St. Andrews, and in Economics from the University of London.

Frances  Haque

Frances Haque

Chief Economist
Santander UK

Frances Haque is the Chief Economist for Santander UK responsible for the economic analysis and macroeconomic forecasts used by the retail bank. Her team are responsible for developing: the analysis of economic risk scenarios to support the Prudential Regulatory Authority stress test and IFRS 9 processes; analysis for planning and strategic purposes; supporting the external customer work of the bank including speaking at a variety of events; and writing for external publications. Prior to joining she worked for a number of different institutions as a senior economist including, EY, BT, BBC, Ofcom and OFT. She also specialises in Competition and Regulatory economics and has appeared on BBC News and Radio programmes including the Today and Wake up to Money programmes, providing commentary on published economic data and analysis.

Ann  Cairns

Ann Cairns

Executive Vice Chairman

In her role as Vice Chairman Ann Cairns represents MasterCard around the world, focusing on inclusion, diversity and innovation.  She is a senior ambassador and executive leader with a global remit and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to this Ms Cairns was President of International Markets, responsible for the management of all customer-related activities in more than 200 countries. She has led the company’s expansion into new and diverse geographies and opened up new customer segments; embracing the continued evolution to digital while driving an increased focus on safety, security and convenience. She is passionate about the role MasterCard can play in delivering financial inclusion through innovation and has continued to build new global partnerships with governments, telecommunication companies and organisations including the World Food Programme.

Ms Cairns brings more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the US, where she ran global retail, commercial and investment banking operations.  Before joining MasterCard in 2011, she was Head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal in London. She helped restructure banks across Europe including Ireland and Iceland. She has held senior positions within global organisations including a tenure as CEO, Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO, and 15 years in senior operational positions at Citigroup.

Ms Cairns sits on the group board of the Fortune 500 Company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and is Chair of ICE Clear Europe. A Pure Mathematics degree from Sheffield University and a MSc with research into medical statistics from Newcastle University resulted in an early career as an award-winning research engineer, culminating as the Head of Offshore Engineer-Planning for British Gas where she was the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain.

Alan Higgins

Alan Higgins

Chief Investment Officer, UK

As Chief Investment Officer for the UK, Alan Higgins is responsible for the management of the UK based discretionary managed portfolios and contributing towards global investment strategy for the major asset classes. Prior to Coutts, he worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management where he specialised in asset allocation and alternative investments. His previous experience includes senior roles in fixed income portfolio management and working for a multi-strategy hedge fund. Alan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bristol University and is a CFA® charterholder.

James Stewart

James Stewart

Vice Chair & Head of Brexit
KPMG in the UK

James Stewart sits on the Board of KPMG in the UK and is one of four Vice Chairs. Mr Stewart provides overall leadership for the firm’s engagement with Brexit, and Britain’s Industrial Strategy, productivity and trade issues. He also provides particular support for the Infrastructure, Energy, Government and Health businesses.

Mr Stewart was Chairman of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure practice from 2011 to 2017. Over the six years in this role, he visited more than 60 countries advising governments, cities and private sector companies.

Mr Stewart is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the UNECE PPP Centre of Excellence and a Board Member of Infrastructure Exports:UK. He also Chairs the UK-Brazil Infrastructure and Capital Markets Task Force. He regularly speaks around the world at high profile infrastructure / investment conferences.

Prior to joining KPMG in 2011, he spent 11 years as the CEO of Infrastructure UK and its predecessor, Partnerships UK. During this time, he was responsible for the publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan and was involved in most of the significant UK infrastructure projects.

Before that, Mr Stewart spent 14 years in the banking sector working at Hambros and Société Générale.

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.  

Chris  Hearld

Chris Hearld

North Regional Chairman

Chris Hearld leads KPMG’s business in the North of England. He is also senior partner of the company’s Leeds Office leading a business of around 2,000 people that provides specialist knowledge on audit, tax and advisory services to companies across the region.

He is KPMG’s leading spokesman on the Northern Powerhouse and other regional business and economic matters.  Over his 12-year career as a partner, Mr Hearld has worked with many of the region’s major companies, including Morrisons, Marshalls, Pace, Card Factory, R&R Ice Cream and Shepherd Group delivering audit and related services across a number of sectors. He is a member of the CBI’s Yorkshire and Humber Council and has been actively involved in the formation of Business North. He is Chair of TheCityUK in Leeds where his role is to enhance and support its work with the financial and professional services industry across the region.

Mr Hearld’s previous experience includes time spent working in KPMG’s Financial Services practice and its National Leadership team. 

Dame Nicola  Brewer

Dame Nicola Brewer

Vice Provost (International)
University College London

As Vice-Provost (International), Dr Dame Nicola is responsible for University College London’s (UCL’s) Global Engagement Strategy: London’s Global University working with partners to achieve fair solutions to global challenges. She supervises one of UCL’s four schools, the Institute of Education, and she is also Gender Equality Champion on UCL’s senior management team. 

Before joining UCL in May 2014, Dame Nicola was a diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). She was British High Commissioner to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland from May 2009 to September 2013. She previously lived and worked in India, France and Mexico.  

She joined the board of the Department for International Development in 2002 as Director General Regional Programmes, and moved back to the FCO as Director General Europe in 2004 for the UK’s last Presidency of the EU. She became the first Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in March 2007, a role she held until May 2009. 

She is a Trustee of Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Aggreko and of Scottish Power. 

Dame Nicola has a degree in English and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Leeds. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours List. 

Michael  Jackson

Michael Jackson

Managing Partner

Michael Jackson is the Managing Partner of Matheson. Prior to this appointment, he spent more than 10 years as head of Matheson’s Financial Services practice.  He advises many of the world's leading financial institutions, investment banks, asset management companies, broker-dealers and corporations conducting business in Ireland or from Irish vehicles. 

Mr Jackson was a member of the IFSC Funds Group established by the Department of An Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister) to consider and advise on legislative and other changes which are necessary or desirable to facilitate the continued growth of the Irish investment funds industry. He was also Chairman of the group’s legislative sub-group. During the 2009-2010 session, he was Chairman of the Irish Funds Industry Association (Irish Funds), and is a former Director of this organisation. Mr Jackson was a member of the Primary Market Committee and Funds Listing Committee of the Irish Stock Exchange.

He has lectured at the Law Society of Ireland’s law school on financial services law and is a regular contributor to financial services publications.

Mr Jackson has a BCL from University College Cork, Ireland.

Denise Li

Denise Li

Founder and CEO
PGC Capital
Ian  Howells

Ian Howells

Senior Vice President
Honda Motor Europe

Ian Howells is a Senior Vice President for Honda Motor Europe (March 2013). Honda Motor Europe is the regional holding company for Honda’s Bikes, Cars and Power Equipment business in Europe and manages and coordinates Honda’s activities in the region including sales, manufacturing and finance.

Prior to joining Honda (2008) Ian held senior financial and operational roles within the European/global operations of Johnson Controls, York International and Hussmann (Ingersoll Rand).

Ian is a Chartered Accountant (Grant Thornton, Coopers & Lybrand) and spent a number of years working in sub Saraha Africa.  He is the former Chairman of the South East Council of the Confederation of British Industry, a member of the UK Automotive Council and an Enterprise Advisor in the Thames Valley Region.

Guy  Platten

Guy Platten

Chief Executive
UK Chamber of Shipping

Guy Platten is Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry. He is a Master Mariner with extensive experience across the shipping industry that moves 95% of the UK’s international trade. In summer 2018 he will become Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping.

Julian  David

Julian David


Julian David is the CEO of techUK. He was appointed as the Director General of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013. Mr David leads techUK's 60 strong team in representing more than 950 member companies, including multi-nationals and more than 500 SMEs, to ensure that the digital tech industry is at the heart of a modern society and economy in Britain. He is also a trustee of the Tech Partnership, which works to promote careers and skills development in the Digital Technology Industry, and a Governor of Putney High School.

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator
Financial Times

Gideon Rachman became Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator for the Financial Times in 2006. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalisation as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and more, and writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. Mr Rachman joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. Mr Rachman’s book, Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in 2010. He was named as foreign affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR, and also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. Mr Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

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.

Jean-Paul  Zens

Jean-Paul Zens

Director-General, Media and Communications Department, Prime Minister’s Office
Government of Luxembourg

Chair and Moderators (4)

Chris Giles

Chris Giles

Economics Editor
Financial Times

‪Chris Giles is the Economics Editor of the Financial Times. He leads the reporting of economics in the newspaper and on, and has been Economics Editor since 2004. 

He reports on international economic trends and the British economy, and contributes comment to’s premium blog, dedicated to central banking and money supply. He was previously the FT’s leader writer on economic affairs. 

Mr Giles was named Business Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2012. He has also won the Royal Statistical Society’s prize for excellence in journalism in 2008 and 2012. He was a member of the 2014 advisory board of the Journal of the European Economic Association. 

Before becoming Economics Editor, he spent a year at the communications regulator, Ofcom, writing reports about digital switchover and public service broadcasting. 

Prior to joining the Financial Times in 2000, Mr Giles was an economics reporter at the BBC. He started his career in research, spending seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies and has a wide publications record. At the IFS he led or worked on projects for clients including the Treasury, the OECD and the European Commission. 

Mr Giles is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Birkbeck College, London University.

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.

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.

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 


Who Attends?

  • 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 

Why Attend?

  • Discuss key challenges for businesses as they manage the impact of Brexit
  • Explore the economic and political landscape across the UK and the EU
  • Hear from thought leaders with the power to influence policy and regulation
  • Connect with global businesses leaders from a variety of industries
  • Gain a balanced perspective on divisive issues like immigration and sovereignty

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Founding partner (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.

Lead sponsor (1)

Established in 1825 in Dublin, Ireland and with international offices in London, New York, Palo Alto and San Francisco, more than 670 people work across Matheson’s five offices, including 86 partners and tax principals and over 440 legal and tax professionals. Matheson services the legal needs of internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Our clients include over half of the world’s 50 largest banks, 7 of the world’s 10 largest asset managers, 7 of the top 10 global technology brands and we have advised the majority of the Fortune 100.

Our expertise is spread across more than 30 practice groups, including Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate, International Business, Mergers and Acquisitions, Technology and Innovation, Intellectual Property, Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring, EU and Competition, Asset Management and Investment Funds, Employment, Pensions and Benefits, Commercial Real Estate, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Healthcare, Insurance, Tax, Private Client, Energy and Infrastructure, FinTech and Life Sciences. We work collaboratively across all areas, reinforcing a client first ethos among our people, and our broad and interconnected spread of industry and sectoral expertise allows us to provide the full range of legal advice and services to our clients.

For Matheson’s views and current thinking on the key Brexit-related matters for Irish and international businesses operating in Europe, visit

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

….and we are not exactly dying of boredom here either


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