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Strategic partners

In the era of disruption, fresh thinking, new approaches and cutting-edge technology are crucial to succeed, but so is the experience and quality to deliver. We unite 17,000 bright minds with 160 years of business experience to make an impact for people, business and society. An innovative combination. Find out how we can help you unlock possibilities to shape disruption for strategic advantage at is a leading global professional recruiting group, sourcing qualified, professional and skilled people for thousands of clients worldwide. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. With 8,750 staff operating from 244 offices across 33 countries, Hays is the established market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific, and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. Hays is Strategic Partner for the 2016 CBI Annual Conference.

Innovation, Growth and Prosperity in a World of Disruption

As ever, this year's CBI Annual Conference will bring together the leading names from the worlds of business, politics and the media to address the big questions facing the UK and its business leaders. Combining a line-up of A-list speakers with thought-provoking topics and trends, this year’s conference theme is Innovation, growth and prosperity in a world of disruption. While not a new phenomenon, the current speed and scale of disruption is unprecedented, and our 2016 Conference will look to the future and explore how it can be harnessed to enhance UK business growth and shared prosperity.


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Topics that will be explored on the day include:

  • Defining the UK’s place in the post-referendum world
  • Reimagining the role of business
  • Harnessing the technology breakthroughs of the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Embedding innovation to build businesses fit for the future

The one day conference will consist of inspiring keynote addresses, incredible technologies and insightful interviews led by some of the most influential names in business and politics. There will be plenty of opportunities to connect with over 1200 delegates, including a drinks reception which will conclude the day and allow you to experience some of the very latest technology and gadgets first-hand.

CBI Annual Conference App

The exclusive CBI Annual Conference app will provide all of the on-the-day information and will be the go-to place for delegates to find out everything they need to know about the event on their phone or tablet.

The exclusive app is only available for those that have registered for conference. All delegates will be emailed prior to the event with their login details. For more information please email Hannah at

CBI Annual Conference Streaming 

Streaming Partner

 WorkCast Corporation is Europe's largest provider of cloud-based webinar, webcasting and virtual event solutions. The online solutions that WorkCast delivers are used into a variety of industry sectors including Accounting, Construction, Financial Services, Banking, Government, Healthcare, Education, Insurance, Legal, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Nonprofit, Estate, Staffing, Technology and Publishing. The significant benefits of Online Events not only include the ability to reach a larger global audience Live and On Demand, but the ability track and measure the effectiveness of those communications. This comprehensive feedback and the Marketing Automation integration, enables decisions to be made about the frequency, content and effectiveness of these communications against corporate goals, resulting in unified campaigns and clear, actionable data. WorkCast's Award Winning Platform comes as self-service or as a managed service and is used for enterprise-wide applications such as Lead Generation, Employee Communications, Investor and Stakeholder Relations, Training, Product Launches, Customer Engagement, Live Events.

For those who are unable to attend Annual Conference in person we have a live stream of the event. Register to watch the event.

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Corporate partners

We're focused on making a difference. Advanced delivers market focussed software and services that make the complex simple. Developed as a result of real market insight, our solutions put you firmly at the centre of your industry and whether you are a commercial business, public or third sector organisation, they will give you a position of strength, no matter how the market changes. People. Partnership. Solutions. BAE Systems provides some of the world's most advanced technology defence, aerospace and security solutions. The company employs a skilled workforce of 82,500 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, the company's products and services deliver military capability, protect people and national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure. With sales of £17.9 billion in 2015, BAE Systems has leading positions in its principal markets in the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and Australia. In the UK, the company's major programmes include the manufacture, upgrade and in-service support of Typhoon combat and Hawk trainer aircraft and servicing of the Tornado aircraft in addition to the production of every tail-plane for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. BAE Systems is also developing the next generation of unmanned air systems. The company designs and manufactures complex warships and submarines as well as providing in-service warship support and management of HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, on behalf of the Royal Navy. Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management. With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 130,000 people. For further information about Barclays, visit Technological change and the shift in the type of work companies do is increasingly defining how all businesses operate and are structured and is influencing how property is designed and managed, and how workers use their workspace. Businesses that will benefit from these tech driven changes will be those with a vision to make bold decisions on how these forces will reshape their workplace environments, and who are able to respond to real estate changes taking place today. At JLL, our 60,000 people around the world help owners, occupiers and investors go beyond simply buying, selling, leasing and investing in property. Whatever your ambition, we can connect you with a wealth of property experience to ensure you have a property in the right place at the right time, with a workplace that is fit for the future. For further information visit

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    Alison Vincent

    Chief Technology Officer, UK & Ireland, Cisco International Ltd

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    Alison Vincent

    Dr Alison Vincent is the Chief Technology Officer for Cisco in the UK and Ireland. She is a thought leader and Champion of Cisco technology to Customers, Start-Ups, Government, Partners, Press and Analysts.

    Alison joined Cisco in 2012 from NDS responsible for Innovation, Open Source policy and Intellectual Property Rights Management in the Video Business. Prior to NDS she held senior positions in both IBM and Micro Focus Ltd. Her roles span experience in Research and Development, Strategy Execution, Product Management, Business Development and Mergers and Acquisitions.

    She has a PhD in Cryptography and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, both from London University.

    Alison is on the UK Government Advisory Committee for 5G (Future Communications Challenge Group) and on the Technical Committee of the 30% Club.  She is an independent advisor to the Science Museum’s IT Strategy Group and Industrial Advisor to Computer Science Department of Royal Holloway London University.

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    Alistair Cox

    Chief Executive, Hays plc

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    Alistair Cox

    Alistair Cox was appointed Chief Executive of Hays plc on 15 November 2007. Alistair is a chartered Engineer, having graduated in Aeronautical Engineering and holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in California. He began his career at British Aerospace, subsequently moving to Schlumberger in 1982 where he held a number of roles in field engineering, management and research science. After graduating from business school, he was a manager at McKinsey & Company before joining Blue Circle Industries (latterly Lafarge) where he was Group Strategy Director and latterly Regional Director for Asia. He became Chief Executive at Xansa plc in 2002 before joining Hays and occupied a Non-Executive Director role at 3i plc from 2009 to 2015.

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    Anu Ojha OBE

    Director, UK National Space Academy

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    Anu Ojha OBE

    Anu Ojha is Director of the UK’s National Space Academy programme and a Director of the National Space Centre – the UK’s largest visitor centre for space science and astronomy .  He co-led the development of the National Higher Apprenticeship programme for the Space Sector, is the lead for Skills/Training for the ongoing UK-China strategic programme of collaboration in Space Science and Technology and is leading the Academy’s support for the UAE Space Agency and other Gulf states’ space education/skills development programmes.   Anu is a member of STFC’s  Skills and Engagement Advisory Board and was Principal Investigator for the Astro Academy Principia educational experiment programme conducted by astronaut Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. He is also President of the Astronautics Records Commission of the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale ) – the world governing body for airports and human aerospace/astronautics achievements.

    In his previous teaching career, Anu was Assistant Headteacher of the largest school in the country, was awarded  Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status for excellence in teaching and was a National Lead Practitioner (Physics) for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.  He continues to teach physics on the National Space Academy’s Space Engineering (A level) and Higher Apprenticeship (undergraduate) courses run in partnership with Loughborough College and the University of Leicester and in 2014 was appointed OBE for services to science education.

    Over the last twenty years Anu has also continued his involvement in high-altitude expeditions, free-diving and scuba diving and has a deep interest in human performance/physiological science in extreme environments. A current skydiver with over 1300 jumps, Anu was involved as an independent science analyst for the Red Bull Stratos stratospheric skydive programme and is supporting the development of the Blue Abyss project – to build the world’s largest neutral buoyancy facility in the United Kingdom for use by commercial diving, space industry and marine energy infrastructure organisations.

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    Carolyn Fairbairn

    CBI Director-General

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    Carolyn Fairbairn

    Carolyn joined the CBI as Director General in November 2015 following a 25 year career in British business. She spent her early career at McKinsey, before taking on a range of senior leadership roles in the media industry.

    At McKinsey, Carolyn advised companies across the UK in a wide range of sectors. As BBC Director of Strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and ran its transmission arm. In 2003, she created and launched Freeview, one of the UK’s most successful new TV services. From 2007-2010, Carolyn was Director of Group Development and Strategy at ITV.

    Carolyn has been a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group, Capita plc, the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority and, from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.

    From 1995-97, Carolyn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit.

    Carolyn holds a first-class degree in Economics from Cambridge University, an MBA from INSEAD, and MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Carolyn is married with three children and lives in Hampshire. 

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    Chris Allam

    Managing Director, Future Programmes and Services, BAE Systems

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    Chris Allam

    In 2016 Chris was appointed Managing Director, Future Programmes and Services and is also Engineering Director for the Military Air and Information Business.  In the same year Chris was appointed as a Board member of Reaction Engines Limited.

    Chris graduated in Aeronautical Engineering in 1989 and joined what was then British Aerospace Military Aircraft, working in various Aerodynamics and Project Management roles.  In 2000 Chris moved into Future Systems, taking responsibility for the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) business.  Chris was appointed as Project Director, in 2006, and as part of this role was responsible for delivery of the UK’s Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator programme, Taranis.  Chris was appointed Managing Director of Autonomous Systems and Future Capability in October 2008 and in 2011 became Senior Vice President of F-35 Lightning II.  In 2013 Chris was appointed Engineering & Programme Management Director as a member of BAE Systems Military Air & Information Board.  

    Chris is a Chartered Engineer, in 2010 was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2015 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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    Chris Ireland


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    Chris Ireland

    Chris Ireland is Chief Executive of the UK business of JLL, with nearly 3,000 employees based across 24 offices locations throughout the UK. JLL provides national property expertise on all aspects of commercial and residential property.

    Chris joined JLL in 2011 following the merger with King Sturge where he held the position of Joint Senior Partner. Chris has over 30 years’ experience in the UK commercial property investment market including investor portfolios and development funding projects. He has worked with every type of real state owner and investor from private individuals, institutional property companies and international clients. Chris has also been at the forefront of the development of the alternative investment areas within JLL, including student housing and senior living, ensuring an integrated financial service with the firm’s debt advisory, corporate finance and mergers & acquisition teams. Chris was Chairman of the Investment Property Forum from June 2015 - June 2016 and currently sits on its Strategic Advisory Group.

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    Professor Chris Melhuish

    Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory

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    Professor Chris Melhuish

    Chris Melhuish, BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FBCS is the founding member and Director of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, and home to the UK’s largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research. Chris holds professorial chairs at both Universities and is a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University. His research interests include safe human-robot interaction, energetically autonomous robots, haptics and swarm systems. He has published over 250 peer reviewed papers and led numerous UK and EU research projects. He is a lead partner in the current EU funded Echord++ initiative, which addresses research translation between Universities and industry. He heads a network of European Robotics Innovation Facilities, which helps organisations to develop and deploy robotic technologies. He also established the UK’s first dedicated Robotics Technology Business Incubator within Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which has supported a number of award winning start-ups. Chris has acted as an advisor to the UK Government and been a member of the European Commission’s Future Emerging Technologies and ISTAAG committees and working groups. He has briefed EU Ministers on Robotics at the European Parliament, and served as an expert at planning meetings for the EU Future Emerging Technology (FET) programme and EU Public Private Partnership in Robotics. He was an Executive Board Member of the Robot Companions Flagship Coordinated Action and served on the Robotics and Autonomous Systems advisory committee (RAS-SIG) reporting to BIS Ministers. He has recently been appointed to the senior programme committee for the flagship IROS international robotics conference.

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    David Abraham

    Chief Executive, Channel 4

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    David Abraham

    His focus on market leading commercial and digital innovation has steered the corporation into long-term financial sustainability with revenues above £900m since 2011 enabling record content investment since 2012 which has supported a major creative overhaul attracting over 13m registered viewers and a record number of major industry awards.  

    Previously David was CEO at UKTV between 2007-2010 where he masterminded the launch of Dave laying the foundation for repositioning the entire 10 channel network; at Discovery Networks USA between 2005-2007 he led the revival of cable channel TLC as its President and General Manager; and before heading to the US, David led Discovery Networks UK as General Manager during a four year period of rapid growth from 2001.

    David was a founding partner of the influential independent advertising agency St Luke’s. He is a member of the Creative Skillset Board.

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    David Lynn

    President, UK, Northern and Eastern Europe and International Content Distribution, Viacom International Media Networks

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    David Lynn

    November 2016 – David Lynn was promoted to President for Viacom International Media Networks in the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe in 2014, having been EVP, Managing Director since March 2007.
    David is responsible for the largest and most profitable of Viacom’s pan-regional management centres outside the U.S. and played a leading part in the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014. Prior to this acquisition, he oversaw strong growth for Viacom’s UK operations with profits increasing 13% on average each year between 2010 and 2014.

    Under his management, Channel 5 has performed strongly, moving back into operating profit and growing its portfolio share amongst 16 to 34-year-old viewers by 9% across its latest financial year. Thanks to an equally strong performance by Viacom’s pay TV channels – including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. – the company now accounts for one in every six hours of commercial TV watched by this key demographic in the UK.

    In addition to having oversight of Viacom’s operations in the UK and Ireland, David is responsible for its businesses in Scandinavia and more than 30 countries across Central and Eastern Europe, including Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, comprising 60 TV channels and numerous digital properties.

    David is also responsible for VIMN’s international distribution strategy outside the U.S., developing existing partnerships with pay TV networks and new distribution opportunities for Viacom’s branded networks,. In this role, he has oversight of carriage deals with VIMN’s key international affiliates and securing distribution for Viacom content on a variety of online video-on-demand and TV Everywhere platforms and services.

    Previously, he was SVP, Managing Director, for Nickelodeon UK, where he strengthened its position in one of the UK’s most competitive viewing demographics, launching Nick Jr. and kick-starting its digital strategy.

    David is a member of Viacom’s Global Inclusion Advisory Committee. He studied Engineering at University College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

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    David Sproul

    Senior Partner and CEO, Deloitte UK

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    David Sproul

    David is the Senior Partner & CEO of Deloitte in the UK, he is also a member of the Deloitte Global Executive.  

    He began his career at Hays Allen, joined Arthur Andersen in 1983 and became an equity partner in 1991.

    Before his election to UK CEO on 1 June 2011, David led Deloitte’s Tax function in EMEA and the UK, and was a member of the UK Firm’s Executive and Board of Partners. David was previously the Managing Partner for Operations at Andersen in the UK, led Deloitte’s Consulting & Advisory business, Deloitte’s Talent agenda. He has significant experience of working with clients on strategic, transaction and tax-related questions, across many geographies and varied sectors including consumer business, professional services, private equity and real estate.

    David is a member of the CBI President’s Club, The Advisory Board to The CityUK, the Leadership Council of the NCUB, and Board of Honorary Directors, Royal Opera House. His interests outside work are travel, cycling, motor racing and family.

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    Ian Funnell

    Managing Director ABB UK

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    Ian Funnell

    Ian Funnell is a graduate of Aberdeen University in Engineering Science. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the World Economic Forum Taskforce for Infrastructure Investment.
    Mr Funnell has had a long and distinguished career in the global energy sector. He started in the UK utility sector, joining ABB originally in 1999, in manufacturing, utility and global oil & gas sectors. He rejoined the UK utilities in 2008 as the Director of Major Projects, and latterly as the Managing Director of Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc. Ian rejoined ABB in November 2012 in France as Group Vice President in the global utility sector and latterly as CEO and President of ABB SA (France). Ian was appointed Managing Director of ABB in the UK in January 2015.

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    Ian King

    Business Presenter, Sky News

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    Ian King

    Ian KingIan King joined Sky News as Business Presenter in April 2014. His show, Ian King Live, is broadcast live from the iconic Gherkin building in the City of London at 6.30pm Monday to Thursday and sees Ian interview the biggest names in business, finance and economics. Ian regularly appears on Sky News throughout the day to offer commentary and analysis on breaking news stories and is a regular contributor to the Sky News website.

    Ian has been a business journalist for national newspapers and on television for more than two decades although the first piece of journalism for which he was paid was published in the Manchester Evening News. His career in business journalism began at the Daily Telegraph, after which he worked on the business desks of both The Guardian and the Mail on Sunday. He then became Business Editor of The Sun in a stint that saw him named Business Journalist of the Year at the 2005 UK Press Awards and Business Journalist of the Year in the 2007 London Press Club Awards as well as being nominated for numerous other awards.

    In 2008, Ian joined The Times as Deputy Business Editor, before being promoted to Business & City Editor at the beginning of 2011. Under his leadership, his department was named Business Team of the Year at the 2012 UK Press Awards. Unusually for a business journalist, Ian also has practical experience of the City, having worked for more than three years as a business analyst for Midland Bank Group.

    Brought up in Bristol and in Devon, Ian has a degree in History from the University of Manchester, where he also served as full-time editor of the student union newspaper, Mancunion. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism from City University. Married with three children, he lives in London.

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    Ian Marsh

    Managing Director, HelloFresh UK

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    Ian Marsh

    Ian Marsh joined HelloFresh in the UK in April 2016 as Managing Director. Ian has launched multiple start-ups across different businesses and industries and plans to apply this experience to ensure HelloFresh remains the most dominant recipe box provider in the UK.  He has some exciting plans in store for growing the brand and continuing to build on the success of the past four years.

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    Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

    Leader of HM Opposition

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    Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

    Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn is the Leader of the Labour Party. He has represented the Constituency of Islington North as an MP since 1983. During his long career in Parliament, Jeremy has established himself as a respected and effective campaigner on many issues. Under his leadership, the Labour Party has tripled its membership and is now the largest left of centre party in Europe with a platform to rebuild and transform Britain.

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    Joel Hills

    Business Editor, ITV News

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    Joel Hills

    Joel Hills is Business Editor for ITV News, leading business coverage and providing in-depth analysis of the latest business stories, both in the UK and around the world. He also reports for ITV Tonight programmes and ITV’s new monthly current affairs strand, On Assignment. Joel joined from Sky News, where, as Business Presenter, he gained recognition for his original journalism. He revealed the result of the Royal Mail strike ballot before it was made public and he broke stories from the Game Group going into administration and Ford closing two British factories to an exclusive interview with Starbucks’ Chief Executive about the company’s tax affairs.

    Joel has extensive experience as a business expert, having reported on every aspect of the global financial crisis as Sky News’ Business Correspondent.

    Before joining Sky News, Joel worked as a reporter and presenter for ITV Central, having started his career there as a trainee.

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    Katherine Courtney

    Chief Executive, UK Space Agency

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    Katherine Courtney

    Katherine’s early career was spent developing new products and services in the global telecoms industry as a senior executive with both major multinationals and a series of start-up companies.

    She moved to the public sector in 2003 to lead the UK government’s National Identity Scheme Programme and then went on to lead a number of other flagship programmes including the development of Universal Credit, Growth Vouchers, Business Growth Service and UK Small Business Commissioner - steering four cross-cutting pieces of legislation through Parliament.

    The theme running throughout her career has been creating growth and efficiencies through technological innovation. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School. She lives in Brighton, England with her husband and three young children.

    As chief executive of the UK Space Agency, Katherine leads a team of 60 who manage the UK’s civil space policy, regulation and programmes. She is responsible for realising the agency’s aims of increasing the size of the UK space industry, using space to understand planet Earth and the universe, and improving public services such as weather forecasting and communications.

    Katherine helps explain the agency’s work to the public and represents the UK’s space-related interests abroad. To do this effectively she keeps abreast of the latest developments in space technology and applications and actively assesses the usefulness of new space missions for the UK.

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    Mark Mullen

    CEO, Atom Bank

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    Mark Mullen

    Mark Mullen is co-founder and CEO of Atom Bank.  Mark started his career in financial services in 1989 at Forward Trust Group, the finance house and leasing subsidiary of Midland Bank plc, where he spent a decade working in a number of businesses including personal finance, vehicle finance, asset finance and corporate strategy.

    In 2000, he joined HSBC in London to help develop and launch its business internet banking platform, and in 2004, Mark moved to HSBC’s UK headquarters to lead marketing communications for the UK bank.  He took over as Head of Marketing at first direct at the end of 2006, and between 2009 and 2011 he was the Regional Head of Marketing, MENA for HSBC Bank Middle East, working out of Dubai. 

    In 2011, Mark took over as Chief Executive of first direct, and his role enlarged to include leadership of the HSBC UK Contact Centres in 2013. In March 2014, Mark resigned from the HSBC Group to co-found Atom as CEO.

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    Sir Martin Sorrell

    Group Chief Executive, WPP

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    Sir Martin Sorrell

    Sir Martin Sorrell is the entrepreneurial founder/CEO of WPP.  Under his leadership, the company has become the world’s largest communications services group, with over 200,000 people (including associates and investments) working across some 150 companies in 113 countries. He is one of the most respected global industry leaders whose views on business and the world economy are widely sought. 

    Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools, advising Harvard, IESE, the Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil, among others.  Sir Martin is Chairman of IBAC London, IBAC Rome and IBAC Jerusalem.

    Recent recognitions for Group: In 2016 Holding Company of the Year at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (sixth year running) and in 2016 Most Effective Holding Company in Effie Global Effectiveness Index (fifth year running). In 2016 WPP was recognised by Warc 100 as the World’s Top Holding Company (second year running).

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    Matt Brittin

    EMEA Business and Operations, Google UK

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    Matt Brittin

    Matt heads up Google’s business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa helping consumers and businesses make the most of the digital opportunity. Joining Google in 2007 to help build its business in the UK, he became MD of Google UK two years later.

    In 2011, he was promoted to VP of Northern and Central Europe, before taking over as President of Business and Operations in EMEA in 2014.

    Matt is a nonexecutive director of Sainsbury’s, and a Trustee of charities The Climate Group and The Media Trust.

    Matt has had a long career in media and marketing, joining Google from the newspaper industry, where he led commercial and digital operations at the biggest UK publisher. He previously worked at management consultancy McKinsey.

    He has an MBA from London Business School, an MA from Cambridge and won silver medals for Cambridge in several Boat Races. He was also a member of the British rowing team and has won medals in eights and fours at the World Rowing Championships and represented Great Britain at the Olympics.

    In 2014, he was appointed a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and he still rows regularly, though more slowly.

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    Matt Hammerstein

    Head of Client and Customer Experience, Barclays UK

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    Matt Hammerstein

    Matt is currently responsible for leading the Client and Customer Experience team across the Barclays UK business, building on a similar responsibility that he took on for the UK Retail and Business Banking business in July 2013. Prior to that, Matt was the Group Head of Corporate Relations, where he led several Group functions, including Corporate Communications, Brand and Marketing, and Citizenship and Government Relations. Matt’s previous roles also include Chief of Staff to John Varley, Head of Group Strategy and UKRBB Marketing Director. Matt joined Barclays in 2004 after nearly 12 years’ experience as a management consultant with experience across the Americas and Europe, split across financial services, consumer products and energy.

    Matt has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, and an MBA from the
    University of Chicago.

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    Michael B. Hancock

    Mayor of Denver

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    Michael B. Hancock

    Michael B. Hancock is Denver's 45th mayor. During his time in office, Mayor Hancock and his administration have eliminated the city’s budget deficit, fostered a diverse economy and restored much needed services that were lost during the recession. With a drive toward increasing opportunity for every resident, he has prioritized innovative solutions to investing in the city’s children and youth; increasing mobility options, affordable housing and services for the homeless; supporting economic mobility, entrepreneurs and small businesses; and making government work smarter for residents. Prior to becoming mayor, he served on the Denver City Council for eight years and was President of the Metro Denver Urban League.

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    Nicola Mendelsohn

    Vice President EMEA, Facebook

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    Nicola Mendelsohn

    Nicola Mendelsohn CBE has over 20 years’ experience in advertising, marketing and technology and was appointed Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Facebook in June 2013.

    In her role, Nicola is responsible for all operations across the region, with a particular focus on strengthening relationships with the marketing and advertising communities – a key pillar of Facebook’s revenue globally. Nicola also leads Facebook's focus on developing resources for fast-developing markets within EMEA.

    Nicola is a core part of Facebook’s leadership which has helped to instil the working culture the technology company is famous for and is key to the company’s success. From celebrating the diversity of Facebook’s workforce to fostering new management structures that get the best out of their young workforce, Nicola has been instrumental in promoting flexible working, celebrating talent and supporting women and families who work for the Facebook family.

    Away from Facebook, Nicola is the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council alongside Secretaries of State for DCMS and BIS - a joint forum between the UK creative industries and government - and launched its 2020 vision and strategy. In September 2014, she also became a non-executive director of Diageo.

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    Paul Drechsler CBE

    President, CBI

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    Paul Drechsler CBE

    Mr Drechsler is currently Chairman of Bibby Line Group which is headquartered in Liverpool. Before that he was Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group. He joined Wates in September 2004 and became Chairman and Chief Executive in April 2006 until 2014.

    Prior to joining Wates, Mr Drechsler worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside. That was followed by 14 years holding various senior positions and living in Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which concluded with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI’s principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director (1998-2003).

    He is also Chairman of the board of the charity Teach First and a board member of Business in the Community and Chairman of its Education Leadership Team. Paul was also the Chairman of the National Skills Funding Agency until September 2015.

    Mr Drechsler has also been recognised for his outstanding leadership, winning KPMG Chief Executive of the Year for the construction industry and PwC ‘Private Company, Chief Executive of the Year’. During his tenure at the helm, Wates Group won the Business in the Community Company of the Year and the J.P. Morgan Best UK Family Business Award.

    Mr Drechsler has been a member of the CBI Board since 2012 and was Chairman of the CBI Energy Policy Committee between 2007 and 2012 and a member of the Chairmen’s Committee.

    In February 2015, he was honoured by Her Majesty, The Queen with an Honorary CBE for services to the construction industry.

    Mr Drechsler graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, with an (Honours) degree in Engineering Science. He is married with three children.

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    Paul Kahn

    President, Airbus Group UK

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    Paul Kahn

    Paul Kahn is President of Airbus Group UK. He is responsible for the UK business; providing leadership, oversight and co-ordination of Airbus Group’s activities and strategy in the UK. Paul is also responsible for the development of the Group’s strategic industrial partnerships within the UK, key customer relationships, and for enhancing Airbus Group’s relationship with the British Government.

    In addition to his responsibilities at Airbus Group, Paul was appointed a UK Business Ambassador, by the Prime Minister, in November 2015 and became President of ADS, the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space trade body, in January 2016.

    A Chartered Engineer with an MBA from London Business School, he joined the group from Thales in 2014 with extensive international senior management experience in the aerospace, defence and transportation industries.

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    Paul Pomroy

    Chief Executive Officer, McDonald's UK

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    Paul Pomroy

    Paul Pomroy was appointed Chief Executive Officer for McDonald’s UK in February 2015. He has been a part of the UK Leadership Team, driving the sustained success of the UK business, over the past decade.

    Since assuming leadership, Paul and his team have continued to accelerate investments that truly make a difference to the experience received by Customers and Staff.  In March this year the business achieved 40 quarters (10 years) of consecutive sales growth.  

    Overseeing the biggest ever re-imaging programme, the company and its franchisees will reinvest over £600m in its estate over a three year period. As part of this programme, Paul has announced a number of key strategic moves including the roll out of table service and the trial of a premium ‘Signature’ beef burger collection - both of which are a direct result of listening to customer’s feedback and reacting to their requirements.

    Passionate about people and talent development, Paul has also instigated moves on both pay and a trial around flexible contracts for restaurant teams.  This focus on investing in and backing our people, has seen him shortlisted for HR Director’s CEO of the Year in 2016, recognising his commitment to those that make the business a success.

    Paul joined McDonald’s in 1996 as a real estate analyst.  His progression through the company has included responsibilities as Regional Financial Controller for London and the South East, Head of Business Strategy and Head of Commercial Finance.  He was appointed Vice President Finance in 2008, responsible for commercial and corporate finance including tax and treasury, with his remit extending to pricing, profitability and financial projections.

    In 2012, Paul was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, with additional responsibility for the company’s Development and Supply Chain functions.

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    Simon Jack

    Business Editor, BBC

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    Simon Jack

    Simon joined the BBC’s Business and Economic team in 2003 and, as BBC Economics Correspondent, he worked across BBC News programmes including Newsnight, News at Ten and the other bulletins as well as BBC Radio 4’s PM and Wake Up To Money. In 2008, he reported on the financial crisis, appearing regularly on our television and radio programmes, and in that year Simon joined BBC Breakfast as the business presenter.

    Prior to becoming Business Editor, Simon was the Business and Economic Correspondent on Radio 4’s Today programme.

    Simon has presented a number of programmes, including the Panorama A Suicide In The Family, BBC World Service’s The Food Chain, as well as Return To The Gold Standard? and 100 Years Of The Federal Reserve for BBC Radio 4’s Analysis.

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    Steve Smart

    Senior Vice President, Space, Defence, National and Cyber Security, CGI UK

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    Steve Smart

    Steve leads the UK Space, Defence and National & Cyber Security Business Unit.  The unit has over 1200 members who deliver business consultancy, software development, systems integration and IT services from location across the UK, in Darmstadt, Germany and Frascati, Italy.   Steve’s clients include European Space Agency, European Commission, Airbus, Inmarsat, UK Ministry of Defence, UK Intelligence Agencies and Cyber Security clients across the UK commercial and public sectors.

    Steve is the Chair of UKspace, the trade association for the UK space industry, and a member of the UK Space Leadership Council.  

    Steve is an experienced business and programme director with a career spent in the aerospace, defence and information technology sectors.  Having joined CGI, 20 years ago Steve has worked in the Space and Defence sector with a focused on business growth, commercial and business management roles helping the unit grow significantly over the years.  He led the winning teams on many major deals (often as part of a consortium).

    He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Institute of Electrical Engineers.

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    Stuart Martin

    CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult

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    Stuart Martin

    Stuart Martin is CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he was Business Director for Space and Satellite Communications for nearly seven years, leading all the company’s activities in the Space domain. Stuart is a former vice-chair of UKSpace, the British trade association representing the Space industry, and council member of Eurospace – its European equivalent. He also sits on the UK Space Leadership Council, the top-level cross-industry, academia and government stakeholder group responsible for overseeing and implementing the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy.

    Stuart is a passionate advocate of the Catapult programme, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes there is a great opportunity to establish a world-leading position, and make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in Space.

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    Tom Athron

    Group Development Director, John Lewis Partnership

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    Tom Athron

    Responsible for considering the future shape of the Partnership, including our customer strategy, identifying digital opportunities and launching new businesses.  His responsibilities also cover data, insight and analytics, and the Partnership's shared services operations.

    Tom Athron joined the Waitrose Board in August 2009 as Finance Director. Prior to this he was Buying Director at John Lewis, responsible for Electricals and Home Technology. He joined the Partnership in July 2005 as Head of Group Financial Strategy reporting to the Finance Director. He took up his current role in October 2015.

    Tom started his career in investment banking as a graduate trainee in credit finance and structured debt at Hambros. After completing his MBA in 1999 he joined Javelin Group, a consulting firm specialising in retail and e-commerce strategy, where he worked with clients including BT, Marks & Spencer, B&Q, and Littlewoods.

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    Tom Cheshire

    Technology Correspondent, Sky News

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    Tom Cheshire

    Tom joined Sky in April 2014 from WIRED magazine, where he was associate editor. Since then, he has broken stories on criminals using digital tools to steal cars, children being investigated for social media abuses and the Islamic State’s use of social media.

    Tom read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and is the author of The Explorer Gene.

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    Thomas Moore

    Health and Science Correspondent, Sky News

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    Thomas Moore

    Award-winning journalist Thomas Moore joined Sky News in 1999 and is the channel’s Health and Science Correspondent.

    Thomas has covered all the biggest health and science stories of recent years. He followed British Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission from his training in Star City, Moscow, where he was the only journalist allowed to sit in a real Soyuz capsule, to his launch and return in Kazakhstan. He was given the first results from Colombian research showing that the Zika virus can trigger paralysis; had exclusive access to the first scientific trial of a drug to stop men becoming active paedophiles; and conducted Freedom of Information research showing that one in five NHS radiotherapy machines is past its ‘use-by’ date.

    He was also the first journalist to track down the scientist who discovered the Ebola virus and in 2015 was awarded a BAFTA for Sky News’ coverage of the story.

    Thomas’ exclusive reports on the NHS, including A&E and agency nurses, and on medical breakthroughs such as the nerve implant for arthritis, have been followed up on the front pages of national newspapers.

    Thomas was the victor in the Sky News ‘Eco-rally’ from London to the climate change conference in Paris, beating the technology correspondent’s electric car using a hydrogen vehicle.

    Before joining Sky News, Thomas spent three years as a health correspondent at Channel One TV. Prior to that, he worked on the medical weekly newspaper, General Practitioner, initially as a reporter and later as the news editor.

    Thomas studied Genetics at the University of Nottingham. He originally intended to become a cancer researcher but decided to become a journalist through working on the university’s student newspaper.
    Born in Thailand, Thomas grew up in such diverse places as Poland, Lebanon, Canada, the Philippines and the UK.

    In addition to his recent BAFTA, Thomas was also Highly Commended in the Broadcast category of the Medical Journalists’ Association Awards 2016.


15 mins 09:30 AM

Opening address: Championing business in a changing world

Paul Drechsler, President, CBI                     

30 mins 09:45 AM

Keynote address and Q&A: A stronger, fairer Britain

The plan for the forthcoming negotiations with the EU and other key countries is taking shape. At the same time, the Government plans to address the long standing weakness of the UK economy with a new industrial strategy, focusing on raising productivity, and spreading growth across the whole of the country.

Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister 

30 mins 10:15 AM

Culture and talent in a millennial generation - has technology disrupted corporate culture?

Are the challenges of recruiting and retaining talent the same as they’ve always been or has Gen Y shifted the rules? This session will discuss how to build an open and connected company. We will also explore ways to foster a positive culture for the future through managing and valuing performance, happiness and diversity in the workforce.

Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President EMEA, Facebook

30 mins 10:45 AM

Coffee break

60 mins 11:15 AM

How can disruption help your business to grow?

Fuelled by incredible advancements in technology and changing customer behaviour, disruption is taking place across all sectors with both new and well-established businesses breaking the mould and re-imagining the way they do business with fascinating results. This session will include broadcaster led interviews with six executives from three different sectors – Financial Services, Creative Industries and Leisure. Our interviewee pairs will discuss how to embed disruptive thinking in your organisation, how to seize the opportunities created by new technologies and how to collaborate effectively to achieve results.

Interviewer: Simon Jack, Business Editor, BBC
Scene-setter: Alistair Cox, Chief Executive, Hays plc


  • Matt Hammerstein, Managing Director, Head of Customer & Client Experience, Barclays UK
  • Mark Mullen, CEO, Atom Bank
  • David Abraham, Chief Executive, Channel 4
  • David Lynn, Managing Director & Executive Vice President, UK, Australia & Eastern Europe Viacom
  • Paul Pomroy Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s UK
  • Ian Marsh, Managing Director, HelloFresh UK
45 mins 12:15 PM

People and work in a robotic age – is your business ready?

Each industrial revolution has had more impact than the last.  The fourth industrial revolution will see advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics that are taking place at break-neck speed.  Tasks that are repetitive and routine for humans will be increasingly undertaken by machines.  As a result of this change, some jobs may disappear altogether, but many more high skill jobs will be created, which demand a blend of cognitive, social and technical skills.  To create a truly great business, humans and machines will need to work together.  Business will not just need to consider the application of technology, but what skills, knowledge and abilities should be recognised when recruiting new employees and how learning and development programmes need to be configured. Delegates will gain insights into what automation in a hyper-connected society means for their businesses and how to ensure their business and their people are future-fit.

Facilitator: Tom Cheshire, Technology Correspondent, Sky News
Scene-setter: David Sproul, UK Senior Partner & Chief Executive, Deloitte


  • Professor Chris Melhuish, Director, Bristol Robotics Laboratory
  • Tom Athron, Group Development Director, John Lewis Partnership
  • Chris Allam, Managing Director, Future Programmes and Services, BAE Systems
  • Ian Funnell, Managing Director, UK, ABB
90 mins 13:00 PM

Networking lunch

45 mins 14:30 PM

Business opportunities ‘out of this world’

The UK was gripped by the exploits of Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station. This session will explore how satellite applications can deliver a space-enabled future and how developments in science and technology for the space industry can benefit other sectors. 

Facilitator: Thomas Moore, Health and Science Correspondent, Sky News
Scene-setter: Katherine Courtney, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency


  • Anu Ojha OBE, Director, UK National Space Academy
  • Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Paul Kahn, President, Airbus Group UK
  • Steve Smart, Senior Vice President, UK Space, Defence, National & Cyber Security, CGI and Chair, UKspace
30 mins 15:15 PM

An audience with Sir Martin Sorrell: Business in the new economy

Hyper connectivity, digitisation and advancements in technology are transforming our lives at home and at work. The way we consume products and services is changing fast. At the same time, growth in the global economy is subdued, and companies are reluctant to invest. How can businesses find success in a slow-growth, risk-averse world? And how will they operate in the future, with Generation Z at the helm?

Interviewer: Ian King, Business Presenter, Sky News
Interviewee: Sir Martin Sorrell, Group Chief Executive, WPP

45 mins 15:45 PM

Smart Cities – Driving regional prosperity through innovation

The vote to leave the EU highlighted more starkly than ever the need to ensure all regions and nations are sharing in the UK’s prosperity. This session will explore how innovative approaches to government policy, technology and the urban environment can help to drive prosperity across the country. Our expert panellists will share their experience from leading cities around the world and inspiration closer to home on how government and business can work together to unlock regional growth.

Facilitator: Joel Hills, Business Editor, ITV News
Scene-setter: Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI


  • Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver
  • Chris Ireland, UK CEO, JLL
  • Alison Vincent, Chief Technology Officer, UK & Ireland, Cisco International Ltd
30 mins 16:30 PM

Coffee break

    25 mins 17:00 PM

    Innovation strategies

    Innovative ideas are only effective when implemented effectively. This session will offer practical advice on how the innovations discussed throughout the day can be embedded into your company’s strategy and culture.  

    Matt Brittin, President, EMEA Business & Operations, Google UK

    30 mins 17:25 PM

    Keynote address and Q&A: A new era

    This session will give business the opportunity to hear first-hand the plans of the Leader of the Opposition.

    Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of HM Opposition

    5 mins 17:55 PM

    Closing address

    Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI

      18:00 PM

    Networking reception

    Event location


    Grosvenor House
    86-90 Park Lane
    W1K 7TN


    Nearest transportation

    • Marble Arch - Central Line (10 minute walk)
    • Hyde Park - Piccadilly Line (20 minute walk)
    • Bond Street - Central/Jubilee Line (10 minute walk)

    Traveling by car
    From Hyde Park Corner take Grosvenor Place to Lower Grosvenor Place. At the junction with Buckingham Palace Road turn right and the hotel is 400 yards on the left. The Grosvenor is situated on the left and NCP car parking is available on Semley Place at an additional charge.

    Contact us

    t: 0800 983 0093


    Grosvenor House
    Please contact the Central Reservation line on 0800 221 222 and quote the code 'EG4' to book our preferential rates (current rates below). The current rate on Sunday 20 November is £322 for a Superior Bedroom single occupancy, including breakfast and VAT. The current rate for Monday 21 November is £327 for a Superior Bedroom single occupancy, excluding breakfast, including VAT. Please note that the above rates are flexible and will fluctuate the closer we get to the actual arrival date and will depend on availability.

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    Grosvenor House Grosvenor House 86-90 Park Lane London W1K 7TN