2021 Annual
Conference

Seize the moment

ONLINE | 22 - 24 NOVEMBER

Experience the UK's highest profile business conference

Virtual conference
  • Virtual conference

    The CBI Annual Conference returns virtually with live recordings taking place across the country.

  • Seize the Moment

    Explore how business can transform the economy and seize the moment.

  • Political speakers

    Hear how government can work with business to unlock economic potential... 

  • Business leaders

    ...and be inspired by CEOs who are leading the way.

World Class Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:


Conference programme

  • 09:30
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    Welcome and opening keynote address

    Live session
    09:30 - 10:05

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
    • James Harding
      James Harding Managing Editor & Partner, Tortoise Media
  • 10:05
    Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
    Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

    Political keynote address by Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

    Live session
    10:05 - 11:00

    Speakers
    • Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
      Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 11:15
    Matt Beeton
    Matt Beeton

    Seize the Moment: on the march to a thriving UK economy

    Panel debate | Live session
    11:15 - 12:15

    Six months ago, the CBI set out an exciting and ambitious plan to transform the UK economy for the decade ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic, the net-zero imperative, the UK’s new global trading relationships and the ever-quickening pace of technological change are already transforming businesses and people’s lives. ​Our plan sets in motion the actions necessary to deliver this, and make the UK the most competitive, dynamic, and future-focused economy in the world. ​This session will assess progress made so far, and identify the actions that government, business and the CBI need to commit to in the year ahead. ​

    Speakers
    • Matt Beeton
      Matt Beeton CEO, Port of Tyne
    • Gilbert Corrales
      Gilbert Corrales CEO, Leaf
    • Kevin Fitzpatrick
      Kevin Fitzpatrick Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Supply Chain, AMIEO Region, Nissan
    • Heidi Mottram CBE
      Heidi Mottram CBE CEO, Northumbrian Water Group
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 12:15
    Richard Gwilliam
    Richard Gwilliam

    Economic clusters: from good to great

    Panel debate | On-demand content
    12:15 - 13:00

    Businesses clustered in towns and cities across the UK can lead globally on opportunities ranging from net zero to advanced manufacturing. But to succeed, these clusters must be business-led, rooted in credible business cases, and sustained through long-term partnerships between businesses and the public sector. When deployed properly, the CBI believes clusters can help to level up the country, by playing to the distinctive local strengths and comparative advantages of our regions. In this session, you’ll hear from partners who are looking to take the UK’s clusters from good to world leading.​

    Speakers
    • Richard Gwilliam
      Richard Gwilliam Head of Cluster Development, Drax
    • Steve Coffey
      Steve Coffey Group CEO, Torus Group
    • Chris Sood-Nicholls
      Chris Sood-Nicholls Managing Director, Regional Regeneration, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group
    • Kully Thiarai
      Kully Thiarai Creative Director & CEO, Leeds 2023
    • Liz Moseley
      Liz Moseley Editor & Partner, Tortoise Media
  • 13:30
    Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP
    Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP

    Political keynote address by Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP

    Live session
    13:30 - 14:35

    Speakers
    • Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP
      Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP Leader of the Labour Party
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 14:45
    Simon Winfield
    Simon Winfield

    Keynote address by Simon Winfield

    Live session
    14:45 - 15:00

    Speakers
    • Simon Winfield
      Simon Winfield Managing Director, Hays UK & Ireland
  • 15:00
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    Ensuring work enables all talent to progress 

    Panel debate | Live session
    15:00 - 16:00

    The decisions we take now – as business, and as a country – will impact social progress for years to come. It’s time for bold action. ​We must tackle the challenges that have held back too many people for too long. Everyone, regardless of their background or circumstance, must be able to develop their skills, access opportunities, and benefit from the resilience that comes through work. COVID-19 has massively accelerated some of the structural changes already underway in the economy and placed an even greater imperative on the importance of building inclusive workplaces and having diverse workforces​.

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Phillip Gbormittah
      Phillip Gbormittah Director - EMEA & North America, Rosterfy
    • Dr Helene Roberts
      Dr Helene Roberts CEO, Robinson plc
    • Joanna Swash
      Joanna Swash CEO, Moneypenny
    • Gordon Wilson
      Gordon Wilson CEO, Advanced
  • 16:30
    Professor Chris Whitty
    Professor Chris Whitty

    Locking in employers' focus on employee wellbeing​

    Panel debate | Live session
    16:30 - 17:30

    COVID-19 has put the health of the nation under the spotlight, underlining it as a key pillar of a strong economy. In the face of a global health crisis, businesses responded, placing an increased emphasis on supporting the health and wellbeing of their employees. The CBI aims to support the health of the nation by capitalising on this shift, showcasing the health and economic benefits of business-led health interventions. Join us to discuss the lessons learned from COVID-19, the latest research on the economic benefits of improving health standards, and the critical role business can play in this mission.

    Speakers
    • Professor Chris Whitty
      Professor Chris Whitty Chief Medical Officer for England
    • Nick Gliddon
      Nick Gliddon UK Business Director, Vodafone
    • Fiona Monahan
      Fiona Monahan CEO, Ingeus UK
    • Jerome Saint-Marc
      Jerome Saint-Marc Chief Executive Officer, wilko
    • Raj Singh-Dehal
      Raj Singh-Dehal Chief Corporate Officer, Center Parcs
    • Matthew Fell
      Matthew Fell Chief Policy Director, CBI
  • 17:30
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI Annual Conference closing

    Live session
    17:30 - 18:00

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Matthew Fell
      Matthew Fell Chief Policy Director, CBI
    • James Harding
      James Harding Managing Editor & Partner, Tortoise Media
  • 08:15
    Gaelle Blake
    Gaelle Blake

    Attracting and retaining talent for the future of work

    Panel debate | Live session
    08:15 - 09:00

    Hosted by Hays

    How can employers attract and retain staff in a competitive talent landscape? What has worked for companies over the past year, what impact has the pandemic had on what people want from work and what should employers’ priorities therefore be to attract and retain talent over the next year? Discuss practical takeaways for building your talent pipeline needed for the future of work.

    Speakers
    • Gaelle Blake
      Gaelle Blake Director of Permanent Appointments, Hays UK & Ireland
    • Andy Meads
      Andy Meads Head of Analytical Development & Insight, UK Greetings
    • Ben Murphy-Ryan
      Ben Murphy-Ryan Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition, Arm
    • Gori Yahaya
      Gori Yahaya CEO, UpSkill Digital
    • Caroline Roberts
      Caroline Roberts HR Director, CBI
  • 09:30
    Elaine Birchall MBE
    Elaine Birchall MBE

    Authentic leadership for all

    Panel discussion | On-demand content
    09:30 - 10:15

    Businesses with authentic and transformational leaders are more likely to unlock the benefits of diversity and inclusion. They’re seen as honest, transparent and have the power to change the culture and the character of a company. Having an authentic leader is the first step to drive inclusivity within a company, and it’s proven to be one of the reasons behind successful businesses. In this session, you’ll learn the importance of authentic leadership, and how to start your own journey to becoming an inspirational leader.

    Speakers
    • Elaine Birchall MBE
      Elaine Birchall MBE Chief Executive Officer, SHS Group Ltd
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
    • Cathy Donnelly
      Cathy Donnelly Senior Director of Talent, Liberty Information Technology
    • Nicky Taylor
      Nicky Taylor Head of Talent and Employee Experience, Moy Park
  • 12:00
    Professor Pam Kearns
    Professor Pam Kearns

    How do we develop an innovative and effective UK health ecosystem?

    Panel debate | On-demand content
    12:00 - 13:00

    The pandemic has put the health of the nation centre stage, highlighting the importance of our world leading health and life science sector as a critical industry for COVID-19 and patient care. Throughout the pandemic, the UK has seen the fastest development, creation, and uptake of pioneering health care of modern times. As we progress to a new, more thriving economy post COVID-19, its essential that we build on this momentum - delivering on the UK’s future plans for the health and life science sector – to continue to enable the most effective and innovative health products to reach patients.

    Speakers
    • Professor Pam Kearns
      Professor Pam Kearns Director of CRCTU and Institute of Cancer & Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham
    • Rodney Appiah
      Rodney Appiah Chairman, Cornerstone Partners
    • Tracy Garrad
      Tracy Garrad CEO, AXA Health
    • Dr Richard Torbett
      Dr Richard Torbett CEO, ABPI (The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry)
    • Matthew Fell
      Matthew Fell Chief Policy Director, CBI
  • 13:15
    Kyriakos Mitsotakis
    Kyriakos Mitsotakis

    In Discussion with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister, Greece

    In discussion | On-demand content
    13:15 - 13:45

    Speakers
    • Kyriakos Mitsotakis
      Kyriakos Mitsotakis Prime Minister of Greece
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 14:00
    Simon Eaves
    Simon Eaves

    Keynote address by Simon Eaves

    Live session
    14:00 - 14:15

    Speakers
    • Simon Eaves
      Simon Eaves CEO UKI, Accenture
  • 14:15
    Emma Kendrew
    Emma Kendrew

    Adopted by all: breakthrough ideas and technologies 

    Panel debate | Live session
    14:15 - 15:15

    The pandemic saw many businesses see several years’ worth of advances in digitisation and transformation, in just a few months. It’s brought lasting change to how we work and do business. In many respects, we’re all technologists now. However, the journey cannot stop here. To grasp the opportunities created by the drive to achieve greater sustainability, and the UK re-establishing its global presence, business must be at the forefront of creating an innovation economy, one built on the widespread adoption of advanced technologies, successful partnerships between large firms and innovative scale ups, and a strong talent pool.

    Speakers
    • Emma Kendrew
      Emma Kendrew Cloud, Infrastructure and Engineering Lead, Technology, Accenture UKI
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
    • Nicola Downing
      Nicola Downing Chief Operating Officer, Ricoh Europe
    • Clive Higgins
      Clive Higgins Director - Government Affairs, Leonardo UK
    • Rafel Jorda Siquier
      Rafel Jorda Siquier Founder and CEO, Open Cosmos
    • Liz Moseley
      Liz Moseley Editor & Partner, Tortoise Media
  • 15:30
    Thierry  Garnier
    Thierry Garnier

    CEO Series: Thierry Garnier, CEO, Kingfisher

    In discussion | On-demand content
    15:30 - 16:00

    Business leaders have a duty to act as role models and influence what they can in their respective businesses to achieve economic recovery. And the CEO Series at this year's CBI Annual Conference will get under the skin of some of the UK's leading businesses.

    With the recent innovation strategy and Budget, the government is clear that innovation is vital to achieving its ambitions around net zero, levelling up and global Britain. Our partners and competitors in the US, the EU and China are already accelerating innovation, recognising that it is core to competitiveness and tackling national and global challenges. Hearing from business leaders such as Thierry Garnier (CEO, Kingfisher), who are successfully managing a company's transformation provides others with insight that can inform their own digital journeys.

    Speakers
    • Thierry  Garnier
      Thierry Garnier CEO, Kingfisher
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 16:00
    Lutz Schüler
    Lutz Schüler

    CEO Series: Lutz Schüler, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media O2

    In discussion | On-demand content
    16:00 - 16:30

    Business leaders have a duty to act as role models and influence what they can in their respective businesses to achieve economic recovery. And the CEO Series at this year's CBI Annual Conference will get under the skin of some of the UK's leading businesses.

    The Virgin Media O2 mega deal, one of the biggest in history in the Telecoms sector was completed during lockdown, where new strategies and management teams were all developed over zoom calls. Lutz Schüler (Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media O2) can provide a personal insight on leading the organisation through this significant change and then go on to underline the attractiveness of the UK market that encouraged the deal while creating more jobs and greater choice for the UK market.

    Speakers
    • Lutz Schüler
      Lutz Schüler Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media O2
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
  • 17:00
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    CBI Annual Conference closing address

    Live session
    17:00 - 17:30

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
    • Liz Moseley
      Liz Moseley Editor & Partner, Tortoise Media
  • 08:00
    Simon Eaves
    Simon Eaves

    Value creation the 2020s way: laying the foundations of long-term, purposeful growth

    Panel debate | Live session
    08:00 - 09:00

    Hosted by Accenture

    The COVID-19 pandemic may at last be receding, but new headwinds are already being felt.  Business confidence is faltering amid supply-chain glitches and fluctuating energy and commodity costs.  Meanwhile, pressure is growing on executives to make their businesses more reflective of their communities, mitigate against climate change, and grow purposefully yet sustainably. Nonetheless, business leaders are creating value in ways that would have been anathema to their forebears: forging collaborations with erstwhile competitors, rethinking HR, and transforming how they engage with customers. Underpinning everything is data in the cloud: the better organisations can wield data as a growth driver, the more profitable and sustainable they could become.

    Speakers
    • Simon Eaves
      Simon Eaves CEO UKI, Accenture
    • Clare Barclay
      Clare Barclay CEO, Microsoft UK
    • Ben Story
      Ben Story Strategic Marketing Director, Rolls-Royce plc
    • Ceri Thomas
      Ceri Thomas Editor & Partner, Tortoise Media
  • 09:15
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's keynote address

    Live session
    09:15 - 09:30

    Join CBI President Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL as he discusses how the UK can draw on the lessons of the last 12 months, to achieve our shared ambitions, and build a stronger, more sustainable and successful future, across all parts of the country. He will set out how the UK can harness it’s competitive strengths to lead on the global stage and capture opportunity in the next decade, with business and the government working together to chart a steady, sure and globally focused course.

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 09:50
    Heba Bevan OBE
    Heba Bevan OBE

    Making the UK a trading powerhouse

    Panel debate | Live session
    09:50 - 10:50

    Trade plays a major role in our economy. It allows firms to find new sources of growth and revenue to become more productive and innovative. Yet the UK’s share of global trade has been falling. ​Now is the time to renew the UK’s place as an economic player on the world stage. We have the potential to develop more ‘superstar’ exporters. We also want to see more SMEs exporting. There are significant opportunities for certain sectors and types of firms where the UK has world-beating capabilities. The UK should also explore the major growth opportunities in key overseas markets.

    Speakers
    • Heba Bevan OBE
      Heba Bevan OBE CEO, UtterBerry
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Rich Clothier
      Rich Clothier Managing Director, Wyke Farms
    • Vaughan Gething MS
      Vaughan Gething MS Minister for Economy, Welsh Government
    • Chris Meadows
      Chris Meadows Director, CSconnected
    • Nimesh Patel
      Nimesh Patel Chief Financial Officer, Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc
  • 11:00
    Zahra Bahrololoumi
    Zahra Bahrololoumi

    Winning the race to net zero 

    Panel debate | Live session
    11:00 - 12:00

    How will the UK continue to show leadership, beyond hosting COP26, to achieve net zero? ​As hosts of the UN’s 26th annual climate change summit the UK has a unique moment to showcase the major economic opportunities from decarbonisation including growing customer demand, lowering costs, entering new export markets, and stimulating job creation. However, the challenge now is maintaining this momentum and ensuring as we build back better everyone has a stake in the transition to net zero. Only business – in collaboration with government – can provide the scope of innovation and investment needed to achieve the UK’s ambitions.

    Speakers
    • Zahra Bahrololoumi
      Zahra Bahrololoumi EVP & CEO UKI, Salesforce
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
    • Juliet Eccleston
      Juliet Eccleston CEO and Founder, AnyGood?
    • Ruth Nic Aoidh
      Ruth Nic Aoidh Executive Director of Purchasing, Commercial, Government Affairs & Legal, McLaren
    • John Pettigrew
      John Pettigrew CEO, National Grid
  • 12:15
    Pascal Soriot
    Pascal Soriot

    CEO Series: Pascal Soriot, CEO, AstraZeneca

    In discussion | On-demand content
    12:15 - 12:45

    Business leaders have a duty to act as role models and influence what they can in their respective businesses to achieve economic recovery. And the CEO Series at this year's CBI Annual Conference will get under the skin of some of the UK's leading businesses.

    Throughout the last 18 months, health innovations have been critical to enabling business to keep pace with a changing environment. The pandemic has also exemplified the pivotal role innovation plays in addressing key societal challenges and improving quality of life. This session will reflect on the experiences of AstraZeneca as they worked to rapidly develop a COVID-19 vaccine and consider what lessons we can learn from their success as we transition to a post-covid economy. We’ll explore the challenges they faced and how we can strengthen the UK’s world-leading health and life science hub as an attractive platform for innovation.

    Speakers
    • Pascal Soriot
      Pascal Soriot CEO, AstraZeneca
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 12:45
    Andy Briggs MBE
    Andy Briggs MBE

    Unlocking finance for sustainable growth

    Panel debate | On-demand content
    12:45 - 13:30

    This is a critical time for the UK economy with big choices that need to be made.​ We have a chance now as a country to Seize the Moment and make this decade one of business-led growth and investment.​ Unlocking finance to support growth and investment will be critical to realise our domestic ambitions, from levelling up the UK to securing a net-zero future. ​This session will explore the key challenges ahead and the levers we can pull to unleash finance and drive investment to enable regional and responsible growth.

    Speakers
    • Andy Briggs MBE
      Andy Briggs MBE CEO, Phoenix Group
    • Ben Murray
      Ben Murray CEO & Founder, Avieco
    • Pat Ritchie CBE
      Pat Ritchie CBE Chair, Government Property Agency
    • Angelene Woodland
      Angelene Woodland Chief Marketing Officer, British Business Bank
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 14:00
    Keith Anderson
    Keith Anderson

    COP26: Reflections and next steps for business and government

    Panel debate | Live session
    14:00 - 15:00

    Countries have stepped up with new commitments at COP26 that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Yet business and government must go further to limit rises in global temperatures to 1.5C.

    Speakers
    • Keith Anderson
      Keith Anderson Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower
    • Lisa Brankin
      Lisa Brankin Managing Director, Ford of Britain & Ireland
    • Andrew Griffith MP
      Andrew Griffith MP UK Net Zero Business Champion
    • Ivan McKee MSP
      Ivan McKee MSP Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism & Enterprise, Scottish Parliament
    • Chris Stark
      Chris Stark Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee (CCC)
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 15:30
    Baroness Minouche Shafik DBE
    Baroness Minouche Shafik DBE

    Seize the moment - into action

    Live session
    15:30 - 16:00

    Speakers
    • Baroness Minouche Shafik DBE
      Baroness Minouche Shafik DBE Director, London School of Economics & Political Science
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director General, CBI
    • James Harding
      James Harding Managing Editor & Partner, Tortoise Media
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