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FT Brexit and Beyond Summit 2019

Building Resilience for Global Business

London |
Speakers include:
Sir Rocco Forte

Sir Rocco Forte

Rocco Forte Hotels

Liz  Henderson

Liz Henderson

Biopharma Merck

Ian  Howells

Ian Howells

Honda Motor Europe


The Financial Times is proud to announce the fifth FT Brexit and Beyond Summit. As project fear and project reality collide, stakeholders from business, politics and academia will gather in May 2019 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, discuss what has happened to the UK economy and business so far, find out about new trading relationships and on-going negotiations, 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 previous FT Brexit and Beyond events:

“Great Brexit insight, very well organised event.”Lead Economist, Dun & Bradstreet

“Great speakers, very knowledgeable, well done!”CEO, Habib Bank AG Zurich

“Excellent discussions and great speakers.”Senior Legal Counsel, Nokia

“The FT events are brilliant! You meet lots of interesting people from all sorts of different areas with different points of views which is great to hear and is really useful.” - Chair, Aspen Initiative UK

“The whole day was excellent! The questions asked and the standard of debate at the event has been excellent.” - Senior Vice President, Eisai

"Very insightful, engaging, and high quality speeches." - SVP, Accorhotels - UK & Ireland

“An excellent event with high calibre speakers and participants.” - Head of International Policy, Rail Delivery Group

“A wide array of speakers, sectors, and insights.” Head of Regulatory Communications, HSBC


Agenda - 15th May

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

    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    FT Brexit Briefing

    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 UK and EU’s ideas are taking shape. Learn about new rules for tariffs and trading, the rise of populism, changing relations with the US, and find out what this all means for business.

  • 9:50am
    Keynote: A manufacturing leader's view of the world beyond Brexit
    • How is Brexit impacting on other business concerns, such as ESG, climate change, energy, innovation and productivity?
    • How will a pivot in UK trading relations with the US and Europe impact on business decisions?

    Ian Howells, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe

  • 10:10am
    Introductory Keynote

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

  • 10:20am
    Panel discussion: Business planning for 2020 and beyond

    Changes in the geopolitical landscape are driving key business sectors to adjust their investment strategy. Find out how major players are building resilience and adapting to the new world of business.

    • How are some of the UK’s key business sectors preparing for future relations with the EU and other trading partners?
    • What does the current business environment mean for investment decisions and location strategies?
    • What does the Brexit process mean for the UK’s most forward looking industries?
    • Should the private sector take the lead in driving the UK’s industrial strategy?
    • What does Brexit mean for services?
    • What do inward investors need to hear from the UK for them to ramp up investments?

    Liz Henderson, Managing Director and General Manager – UK and Ireland, Biopharma Merck

    Nicolas Mackel, CEO, Luxembourg for Finance

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

  • 11:00am
    Morning Refreshments
  • 11:30am
    Fireside chat: An international perspective
  • 11:50am
    Panel discussion: Trading relations and economic growth

    As talk of deglobalisation, trade wars and protectionism continue, we look at what this means for business and consumers in a post-Brexit world. We consider what trading relationships such as NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership would mean for business. We also look at the economic challenges that the UK faces, how it is addressing them, and whether it has the political and economic capital to get deals through.        

    • What are the latest economic trends and forecasts for the world’s major economies?
    • What impact will trade tensions have on global investment and growth?
    • What are the consequences of producer-led pressure for tariffs?
    • What impact will the new trading environment have on supply chains, agriculture and services?
    • Will the UK economy become more services-oriented? And what impact will new relations have on legal services?
    • What can we learn about trade practices from businesses that are already trading beyond the EU?

    Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK

    Sir Simon Fraser, Former Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Officeand Co-Founder, Flint Global

  • 12:40pm
    Circular Dialogue

    Panellists and moderators join delegates at their tables to discuss the morning sessions.

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:10pm
    UK Government Keynote

    Hear the official view on the transition and future relationship between the UK, the EU and other major trading partners. Find out what happens next as the UK leaves the EU.

  • 2:30pm
    Introductory keynote: Perspective from the UK regions and nations
  • 2:50pm
    Panel discussion: Building resilience in the UK’s regions

    The Brexit vote has highlighted economic and social divisions throughout the UK. What needs to be done to boost the economies of the UK’s regions and nations and drive inward investment throughout the country? How do we rebalance regional economies and create dynamic forward-looking industries that will provide the jobs of the future?

    • What does Brexit mean for the union?
    • What are the different regional strategies for life outside the EU? And could a decentralised model for investment work?
    • How do we ensure growth and greater social cohesion in our regions?
    • What does Brexit mean for regional clusters and supply chains?
    • How are the UK regions coping with the loss of EU subsidies and changes to tariff rules?

    Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester

  • 3:30pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:55pm
    Panel discussion: Ask the experts

    During this interactive session, our panel of experts will answer questions on future Brexit and global issues that are shaping business planning, including political and economic developments, environmental issues, skills development and immigration.

    Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels

    Sir Ivan Rogers, Former UK Ambassador to the EU


    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Closing keynote: Business beyond Brexit

    The view of post-Brexit business from the head of a financial services firm 

  • 5:00pm
    The closing summit review

    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Drinks reception

Speakers (10)

Sir Rocco Forte

Sir Rocco Forte

Rocco Forte Hotels
Liz  Henderson

Liz Henderson

Managing Director and General Manager, UK and Republic of Ireland
Biopharma Merck
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.

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.  

Luke  Georghiou

Luke Georghiou

Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Manchester
Sir Ivan  Rogers

Sir Ivan Rogers

Former UK Ambassador to the EU
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.

Miles  Celic

Miles Celic

Chief Executive Officer
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.

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.  


FT Participants (6)

Miranda Green

Miranda Green

Deputy Opinion Editor
Financial Times

Miranda Green is a political writer and commentator with experience of both sides of the divide between political parties and the media. After training as a reporter, she worked for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons from 1995 to 1999, ending up as Paddy Ashdown's press secretary. After a short stint at the BBC political unit she went to the Financial Times to work on both UK and global news and was the paper's Education Correspondent and Political Correspondent. She was founding Editor of The Day, a daily online news and current affairs service for schools and teenagers before returning to the FT, where she is now Deputy Opinion Editor and a columnist on social policy and politics. A regular on political broadcast shows and sometime presenter of BBC Radio 4's What The Papers Say, she was recently named the 2018 prizewinner in the Comment Awards' social, diary and culture commentator of the year category.

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.

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 

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Financial Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins has been Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In this role, he shapes the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He works closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team. He also contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.

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.

Laura  Hughes

Laura Hughes

Political Correspondent
Financial Times

Laura Hughes is a Political Correspondent at the Financial Times, where she covers the ups and downs of Brexit from London.

In addition to following twists and turns of the Conservative party, Laura covers the work of the environment and health departments.

She has covered the gender pay gap, lack of female representation in parliament, as well as concerns that the UK’s new universal credit benefits system has increased the risk of domestic abuse.

Before joining the FT in January 2018, she led an investigation into the culture of sexual harassment in parliament, a topic she has continued to lead on in her current role


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 


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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.

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.

Supporting Partner (1)

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. In the UK, across Europe and internationally, we promote policies that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry contributes over 10% of the UK’s total economic output and employs 2.3 million people, with two thirds of these jobs outside London. It is the largest tax payer, the biggest exporting industry and generates a trade surplus almost equivalent to all other net exporting industries combined.


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