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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

Merck UK & Republic of Ireland

Liz Truss

Liz Truss

UK Government


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, find out 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
  • 8:45am
    Opening remarks

    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:50am
    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.

    Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, UK Government

  • 9:10am
    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.

    Alex Barker, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times

    Miranda Green, Deputy Opinion Editor, Financial Times

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

    George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times


    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Introductory Keynote: How to ignite growth

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

  • 10:00am
    Followed by Panel discussion: Business planning for 2020 and beyond
    • 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?
    • To what extent could a permanent Customs Union impact on business?

    Liz Henderson, Managing Director and General Manager, Merck UK and Republic of Ireland

    Baroness Denise Kingsmill, Board Member, Inditex

    Nicolas Mackel, CEO, Luxembourg for Finance

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


    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:40am

    John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, UK Parliament

  • 11:00am
    Morning Refreshments
  • 11:30am
    In conversation with the FT: An international perspective of Brexit

    During this session, we will hear a European perspective of where we are with Brexit, what needs to happen next, and what it all means for business.

    Karel De Gucht, Former EU Commissioner for Trade; Member of the Board, ArcelorMittal

    Interviewed by:

    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:50am
    Panel discussion: Trading relations and economic growth
    • 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 and services?
    • Will the UK economy become more services-oriented? 
    • What can we learn about trade practices from businesses that are already trading beyond the EU?
    • How much difference could a permanent Customs Union make to trading relations?

    Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK

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

    Frances Haque, Chief Economist, Santander UK

    Bert Nappier, President, FedEx Express Europe andChief Executive Officer, TNT


    Laura Hughes, Political Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:30pm
    Circular Dialogue

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

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:15pm
    Fireside chat: A changing UK in a changing Europe

    Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe


    George Parker, Political Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:35pm
    Panel discussion: Building resilience throughout the UK
    • 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 do we create dynamic forward-looking industries that will provide the jobs of the future?

    Carol Bell, Member of the Board, Development Bank of Wales

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

    Chris Hearld, North Regional Chairman, KPMG UK

    Guy Orpen, Deputy Vice Chancellor (New Campus Development), University of Bristol

    Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, UK Parliament


    Laura Hughes, Political Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:25pm
    Afternoon refreshments
  • 3:50pm
    Q&A: Focus on policy

    During this interactive session, our panel will answer questions on future Brexit and global issues, including political and economic developments and the changing labour market.


    Rt Hon Baroness Catherine Ashton, Former EU Commissioner for Trade and Former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

    Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former UK Foreign Secretary (1995-1997) and Defence Secretary (1992-1995), and former Chairman of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015)

    Jan Vincent Rostowski, Change UK Candidate for MEP, Former Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, Government of Poland


    Miranda Green, Deputy Opinion Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Panel discussion: Ask the experts

    During our final interactive session, business experts will answer questions on the key issues that are shaping business planning, including environmental issues, skills development and capital raising. Representatives from different sectors will also highlight how their sector is responding to changes in the business world.

    Nick Burge, Head of Client Solutions - Regulatory & Liquidity Strategy, Financial Markets & Global Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

    Joe Cassidy, Financial Services Partner, KPMG in the UK

    Davina Garrod, Partner, Akin Gump

    Alan Higgins, Chief Investment Officer, UK, Coutts



    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    The closing summit review

    James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

    Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:20pm
    Drinks reception

Speakers (24)

Sir Rocco Forte

Sir Rocco Forte

Rocco Forte Hotels

Sir Rocco Forte is Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels. Son of the late Lord (Charles) Forte, Sir Rocco founded the luxury hotel company in 1996.

The company operates hotels in European destinations such as London, Edinburgh, Brussels, Florence, Rome, Sicily, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, and St Petersburg. Three further hotels will open in 2019: in Rome, Puglia and Shanghai. Sir Rocco has also revealed plans to further extend the group’s portfolio beyond Europe and build the company’s presence in the US, Middle East and Asian markets. 

He started his career with Forte Plc in 1969, becoming CEO in 1983 and Chairman in 1992, when he succeeded his father, who founded the company in 1934. During his time at Forte, Sir Rocco had responsibility for more than 800 hotels, 1,000 restaurants and almost 100,000 employees in 50 countries around the world. As Chairman, Sir Rocco Forte significantly expanded the overseas operations of the company, with the acquisition of the Meridien Hotel Group from Air France and further transformed Forte from a UK operation into a global multi-million pound business. Forte Plc was sold in 1996 and has since been broken up.

He was knighted in December 1994 for services to the UK tourism industry and in March 2005 was awarded the Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for his entrepreneurialism and strong links with Italy. 

Sir Rocco has a degree in modern languages from the University of Oxford. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

Liz  Henderson

Liz Henderson

Managing Director and General Manager
Merck UK & Republic of Ireland

Liz Henderson is Managing Director and General Manager of Merck UK & Republic of Ireland, a post that she has held since September 2018.  Prior to this, Liz was Executive Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing & Supply for the Biopharma business of Merck.

Liz has a more than 20-year career in manufacturing and supply in the Healthcare and Life Science industries. She joined Merck in 2009, initially as European Environmental Health & Safety Director for the company’s Life Science business sector and subsequently became Site Director for Merck’s manufacturing plant in Cork, Ireland. Before moving to Merck’s Healthcare business sector, Liz led the Separations Technology Cluster of manufacturing sites across the United States and Europe. Prior to Merck, she worked for more than 10 years at Pfizer and Amgen in a variety of manufacturing leadership roles.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry from Dublin City University, Ireland.

Liz Truss

Liz Truss

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
UK Government

Liz Truss is Chief Secretary to the UK Treasury, responsible for keeping a tight rein on public spending. She is currently working on the UK's post-Brexit economic strategy including a three-year plan for public spending and a package of supply side reforms.

She served as Justice Secretary where she was an advocate of prison and judicial reform. She also served as Environment Secretary.
As Education Minister she introduced greater rigour to the school curriculum and exams.
She was first elected in 2010, establishing the Free Enterprise group of Conservative MPs which champions free markets, a smaller state and low taxes. She also supports the Freer initiative for economic and social freedom.

Prior to entering politics, she worked at Shell and Cable & Wireless.

She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.

John McDonnell

John McDonnell

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
UK Parliament

John McDonnell started his working life on the shopfloor as a production worker. After studying at night school he went to university and subsequently became a trade union official with the NUM and later the TUC.

In 1981, he was elected to the Greater London Council as the member for Hayes and Harlington, west London.  John became Chair of Finance, responsible for the GLC’s £3bnbudget. After the GLC’s abolition, he became Head of Policy at Camden Council and was Chief Executive of the Association of London Government before being elected in 1997 as the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington.

In September 2015, under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, he was appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. He currently heads the development of Labour’s New Economics programme. 

During the 2017 general election John produced a fully costed economic programme detailing the taxation and spending decisions Labour intend to take in government, the most comprehensive costing exercise provided by any political party at an election in recent times.

Bert  Nappier

Bert Nappier

FedEx Express Europe

Bert Nappier has been President of FedEx Express Europe and Chief Executive Officer of TNT since June 2018.

Based in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, at the FedEx International Centre, Bert leads a combined team of nearly 50,000 in Europe, working to expand its logistics solutions portfolio to meet customers’ needs. He also plays an instrumental role in overall TNT integration in Europe.

Bert began his FedEx career in 2005 and was Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2009 to 2015. During this time, his financial reporting team was recognised by Investor Relations Global Rankings for best financial disclosures in the US, ranking in the top five in 2010-2012 and number one in 2009.

In May 2016, he was appointed Senior Vice President Finance – International CFO, leading the FedEx Express and TNT Finance teams across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Bert has also served as Co-Chairman of the FedEx Integration Leadership Council, where he played a key role leading TNT’s integration efforts around the world.

He has Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Taxation degrees from the University of Mississippi, USA.

Karel De Gucht

Karel De Gucht

Former European Commissioner for Trade
Member of the Board, ArcelorMittal

Karel De Gucht is a Belgian politician and President of The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) where he also teaches EU External Relations Law. He was a Spring Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015.  

Mr De Gucht is on the Board of Directors of ArcelorMittal (Audit and Risk Committee), of Proximus (Transformation and Innovation Committee) and of EnergyVision NV. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of CVC Capital Partners. 

He is a prominent figure in European, Belgian and Flemish politics and was European Commissioner for Trade (2010-2014), a position where he brought to life the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the USA. He also negotiated, concluded and managed several other European free trade, economic partnership and investment agreements with key partner countries and regions, including west, east and southern Africa, South Korea, Peru, Colombia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, China, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. He was the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid (2009-2010), and the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2009). 

He has a Master’s degree in law from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Anand Menon

Anand Menon

UK in a Changing Europe

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London. He also directs the Economic and Social Research Council Initiative on the UK in a Changing Europe ( Previously, he was Director of the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham. Prior to this, he taught at the University of Oxford  (St Antony’s College). He has held positions at Sciences Po, Columbia University and NYU. He has written on many aspects of contemporary Europe including the EU politics and institutions and European security. He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union (OUP, 2012) and author, amongst other things, of Europe: The State of the Union (Atlantic Books 2008).  

Sir Malcolm  Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Former UK Foreign Secretary (1995-1997) and Defence Secretary (1992-1995), and former Chairman of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind lived in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and taught at the local university from 1967-69. On his return to the UK he was called to the Bar and practised as an advocate until 1979. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985.

In 1974 he was elected as MP for Pentlands and represented that constituency until 1997. In 1979, he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then, during the Falklands conflict, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he was promoted to Minister of State in 1983. He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995-97 he was Foreign Secretary.

In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service. He has served on the Court of Edinburgh University and has been an honorary colonel in the Reserve Forces. He is a member of the Queen's Bodyguard, the Royal Company of Archers.

In May 2005 Sir Malcolm was elected as the MP for Kensington and Chelsea, and in May 2010 he was elected as MP for Kensington. He remained in Parliament until 2015.

He served as UK representative on the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group from 2010-2011 and as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament from 2010-15. He is currently a member of the OSCE’s Eminent Persons Group, which reportson relations between Russia and the West.

Sir Malcolm was educated at George Watson's College and Edinburgh University, where he studied Law before taking a postgraduate degree in Political Science.

Rt Hon Baroness Catherine  Ashton

Rt Hon Baroness Catherine Ashton

Former EU Commissioner for Trade
Former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Baroness Ashton has been a life peer in the House of Lords since 1999. Before joining the Lords she worked as a Director for Business in the Community, engaged in inner city regeneration. She was also Vice President of the National Council for One Parent Families.  She became a minister in the Department for Education and Skills in 2001 and moved to the Department for Constitutional Affairs and Ministry of Justice in 2004. In 2005, she was voted House Magazine Minister of the Year and Channel 4 Peer of the Year.

She became the first Stonewall Politician of the Year for her work on equality. She was appointed Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Queen's Privy Council in Gordon Brown’s first Cabinet in June 2007.  

In 2008, she was appointed Britain’s first woman European Commissioner and became the first woman Commissioner for Trade. In 2009, she became the EU's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and won praise for her work as a negotiator, particularly for her role in bringing Serbia and Kosovo to agreement in 2013 and in the nuclear talks with Iran.

She has received numerous awards for her diplomatic work and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize with the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo for their groundbreaking agreement. On leaving office she was awarded the Grand Cross of St Michael and St George (GCMG).

In 2017 she received the Presidential Medal from Kosovo. She now Chairs the Global Europe Programme for The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. She is the first woman Chancellor of Warwick University, a Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute and a senior policy advisor to Chatham House.

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.  

Baroness Denise  Kingsmill CBE

Baroness Denise Kingsmill CBE

Board Member

Baroness Kingsmill has enjoyed a diverse and varied career spanning fashion and design, the law and regulation, business, the arts and charity, as well as politics and people.

She spent the early years of her career in the fashion industry in Paris and New York, after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Economics and Anthropology.  She then qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court, and, after a 20 year legal career, was appointed Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission, the UK’s anti-trust regulator.

In 2000 Baroness Kingsmill was awarded a CBE and in June 2006 she was appointed to the House of Lords as a Life Peer. She has been awarded various honorary degrees by several universities. She is a member of the International board of IESE, the Spanish business school.

Baroness Kingsmill is a member of the board of Inditex SA (Zara).  Until very recently she was also a member of the boards of E.ON SE, IAG SA, and Telecom Italia and in 2015 she became founding Chair of Monzo Bank, a mobile-only internet bank.

Rachel  Reeves MP

Rachel Reeves MP

Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
UK Parliament

Rachel Reeves was elected Member of Parliament for Leeds West in May 2010. Previously, she was an economist at the Bank of England, the British Embassy in Washington DC and latterly at Halifax Bank of Scotland. Between 2010-2015, Ms Reeves served on the opposition frontbench as Shadow Pensions Minister, Shadow ChiefSecretary to the Treasury and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Following the 2015 general election, she joined the Treasury Select Committee, and in July 2017 was elected Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee.

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.

Luke  Georghiou

Luke Georghiou

Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Manchester

Professor Luke Georghiou is the University of Manchester’s Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. From 2010 to 2017, he was responsible for the university’s research strategy and implementation and doctoral training. In his new role he is responsible for business engagement and commercialisation. 

Luke is active in research and gives policy advice to governments and businesses. His current work includes innovation management, public procurement and innovation, and the evaluation of the national demonstrator project for the Internet of Things (CityVerve). 

He is a member of RISE, the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation’s high-level policy advisory group. Luke has chaired and been a member of several high-level inquiries and advisory bodies, including being rapporteur for the influential Aho Group report to European leaders, 'Creating an Innovative Europe', which put demand-side innovation policy onto the political agenda. He was Co-Champion of the 2016 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s largest pan-disciplinary science conference. 

 Luke is a member of the Board of Directors of Manchester Science Partnerships, the UK’s largest science park company.  Since 2016 he has chaired the Steering Committee of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education. He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2011 . 

He has a PhD and a BSc from Victoria University of Manchester and he has published extensively. 

Carol  Bell

Carol Bell

Member of the Board
Development Bank of Wales

After a successful executive career in investment banking and the oil and gas industry, Carol Bell now divides her time between a portfolio career on public company boards, membership of charity boards in the education and cultural sectors and academic research in Archaeology. A native Welsh speaker, she frequently appears on radio and television on Welsh and Economic matters. She is a member of the board of the Development Bank of Wales, whose Investment Committee she chairs.

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.

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.

Miles  Celic

Miles Celic

Chief Executive Officer

Miles Celic is Chief Executive Officer for TheCityUK, a position he has held since September 2016. He is also a member of the HM Treasury Financial Services Trade and Investment Board (FSTIB) and of the board of UK Finance. 

Miles began his career in broadcasting, making and presenting radio and television programmes for the BBC and other broadcasters. He moved on to work in the UK Parliament, where he focused on foreign affairs and defence issues. He subsequently worked in a number of leading reputation management and public policy consultancies, including a period at an arm of Omnicom – one of the world’s largest communications agency groups – where he advised clients including the BBC, the International Committee of the Red Cross and a number of international financial firms.

In 2007, Miles joined HSBC’s policy function to lead political engagement. He was part of the team that led the bank’s response to the global banking crisis. He moved to Prudential in 2009 as Director of Group Public Affairs & Policy and became Director of Group Strategic Communications in 2013. He was also a member of Prudential’s Group Leadership Team.

Jan Vincent   Rostowski

Jan Vincent Rostowski

Former Minister of Finance
Government of Poland

Jan Rostowski is Poland’s longest serving Minister of Finance, having been in post from 2007 to 2013 under Prime Minister Donald Tusk. He became Deputy Prime Minister in 2013. While he was Minister of Finance, Poland achieved the highest rate of growth of any EU or OECD country. In 2011, he was cited by the Financial Times as the second best Minister of Finance in Europe.

From 1995 to 2000 and 2005 to 2006 he was Head of the Economics Department at Central European University in Budapest.  Between 1992 and 1995 he was a lecturer at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics (LSE). From 1988 to 1995 Mr Rostowski was a lecturer at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, and before that he was senior lecturer in Economics at Kingston Polytechnic.

From 1989 to 1991 Mr Rostowski was Economic Adviser to Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Leszek Balcerowicz. From 1997 to 2001 he chaired the Macroeconomic Policy Council at the Ministry of Finance and from 2002 to 2004 he was Adviser to the Chairman of the National Bank of Poland. Mr Rostowski was also adviser to the reformist government of the Russian Federation from 1991 to 1992.

He is the author of numerous publications on extending European Union, monetary and exchange rate policies, and the transformation of post-communist economies.

Mr Rostowski is a ChangeUK candidate for MEP

Nick  Burge

Nick Burge

Head of Client Solutions - Liquidity & Regulatory Strategy
Standard Chartered Bank

Nick is responsible for liquidity and regulatory client solutions across Standard Chartered Bank’s European Corporate and Institutional client business.

Working within Global Banking and Financial Markets, he covers the strategic client and business impact of regulatory change.

He has 30 years’ experience in banking, in both trading, sales and advisory roles.

Prior to Standard Chartered he worked at Lloyds Bank, Bank of America and Nomura, in both Banking and Markets roles. 

Nick has also been active in supporting industry initiatives with AFME and CityUK.

He has a PPE degree from Oxford University

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.

Davina  Garrod

Davina Garrod

Akin Gump

Davina Garrod leads Akin Gump’s EU/UK Ccompetition and Regulatory practice and Brexit Taskforce.  Recognised by The Legal 500 for her ‘encyclopaedic understanding of competition and merger control laws’, she advises financial institutions and multinationals on M&A, joint ventures, strategic investments, alliances, restructurings and the changing legal, regulatory and policy landscapes flowing from economic nationalism, including Brexit and the US-China trade tensions.

Davina advises clients on Brexit preparedness, presenting and writing widely on this topic in the Americas, Europe and Asia.  With more than 22 years’ experience of defending companies before the European Commission, UK Competition and Markets Authority and other regulators, she also advises some of the largest PE firms, institutional asset managers funds and banks in the world on event-driven/special situations (transactional and contentious).

Davina has an MA(Hons) in Law from the University of Cambridge.

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. 

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. 


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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

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins is Deputy Editor at the Financial Times.  He was formerly Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In that role, he shaped the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment, working closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team, contributing 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.

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.

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


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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.

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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 16,300 people across 22 offices across the country and we are part of a global network operating in 153 countries and territories 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.

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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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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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