The programme for the 2018 Annual Conference explores the subjects most

relevant to UK business. The conference aims to provide insight into these

key topics through panel discussions, keynote speakers and by providing

opportunities for discussion with other attendees. The conference is a

must-attend event for business leaders, corporate affairs and public policy

professionals and is an exceptional opportunity to network with people

from all sectors. The key themes that will feature at the Conference are the

Future of Work, the Future of UK Trade and Diversity in Business.


Please note the programme is subject to change.


08:45  Registration, Networking & Refreshments
09:40 Welcome and Introduction – Francis Martin, President, British Chambers of Commerce
10:00 Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
10:20 Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10:30 Panel Discussion: The Future of Work –  Skills, People and Technology
The panel will be chaired by Anna Edwards, Co-anchor, Bloomberg Daybreak Europe


  • Matthew Taylor, CEO Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts,
    Manufactures and Commerce
  • Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Employment
  • Sarah Howard, Co-founder, Sarand Business Software (Vice President of the British Chambers of Commerce and Board Member of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce)
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister, Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation
11:10 Andy Curran, Managing Director, Pensions & Investments, Aviva
11:20 Networking Break & Refreshments
11:50 Will Gardiner, Chief Executive Officer, Drax Group
12:00  Rt Hon John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
12:20 Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
12:40 Lunch
13:40 Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
14:00 Rachel Lomax, Non-Executive Director, Heathrow Airport
14:10 Panel Discussion: The Future of UK Trade
  The panel will be chaired by Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government


14:50 Networking Break & Refreshments
15:10 Panel Discussion: Diversity in Business
  The panel will be chaired by Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, Financial Times


  • Fleur Sexton, Co-founder and Managing Director PET-Xi Training
    (Board Member of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce)
  • Samantha Payne, COO and Co-founder Open Bionics
  • Funke Abimbola, General Counsel and Head of Financial Compliance, Roche UK (Pharmaceutical Division)
  • Chris Stylianou, COO UK and Ireland, SKY plc
15:50 Sahar Hashemi, Entrepreneur and Author
16:05 Closing remarks
16:15  Evening Reception