CBI Annual Conference schedule

When are the panel sessions - and when will keynote speakers take the stage?

  • Harvey Nash - Harvey Nash
  • EY

9.45am: Sir Roger Carr, CBI president
President's address

10am: David Cameron, prime minister

10.30am: Vince Cable, business secretary

10.50am: Coffee break 

11.20am: Panel debate
Winning Business in a Changing World
The pressures and challenges of global businesses are increasing. We will hear from some of the UK's leading CEOs and learn how they maintain and increase market share in mature and growing markets.

Keynote Address: Rupert Soames, chief executive, Aggreko
Chairman: Ross Westgate, news anchor, CNBC

Panellists include:
Rupert Soames, chief executive, Aggreko
Ian King, chief executive, BAE Systems
Harriet Green, chief executive, Thomas Cook
Ronan Dunne, chief executive, Telefónica O2 UK
Jeremy Darroch, chief executive, BSkyB

12.30pm: Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition
Keynote address followed by Q&A 

1pm: Lunch break

2.30pm: Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Keynote address: The business legacy of the Olympics (followed by Q&A)

3pm: Paul Polman, chief executive officer, Unilever
Keynote address followed by Q&A
Chairman: Martin Cook, Ernst & Young UK & Ireland commercial managing partner

3.30pm: Panel debate
First steps: A new approach for schools in the UK
A debate to launch the CBI’s approach for excellence in education as part of a commitment by business to campaign for raising ambition for all in schools. Education is the most important long-term priority for the UK and the session considers the obligation of business to set out what is needed from the UK’s schools system so that every young person is positioned for success in life and work.

The panellists will discuss the vision and purpose of UK education and debate how we can achieve excellent outcomes through inspirational teaching and leadership, setting clear expectations, better engaging parents and communities and ensuring there is rigour in every aspect of school life.

Chairman: Faisal Islam, Channel 4 News economics editor

John Cridland, director-general, CBI
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted chief inspector
Ken McMeikan, chief executive, Greggs
Alison Peacock, head teacher, The Wroxham School
Sir Charles Dunstone, chairman, Carphone Warehouse

4.45pm: Closing remarks

The conference is followed by the CBI Annual Conference Gala Dinner, which will include an address from BBC journalist Andrew Marr.

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  • BAE Systems

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