Global Britain Summit
Starts 9 September 2021, 8:00am
Join Andrew Neil, politicians, business leaders and journalists to discuss the future of UK trade in a post-Brexit era.
Registration is open to all.
Beyond Brexit: how to unlock our global potential
Featuring Andrew Neil (Chair), Sir Roger Carr, Tom Tugendhat, Stephen Booth, Sophia Gaston, Ben Wallace
Andrew Neil is a publisher, broadcaster, speaker and company chairman working out of London, New York, Dubai and the Côte d’Azur. In September 2020 he announced he was leaving the BBC to be Chairman and lead prime time presenter of GB News, a new news channel to be launched early 2021. During his 25 years with the BBC Andrew presented a variety of live political shows from The Andrew Neil Show to Politics Live on BBC2. For 16 years, until 2019, he presented the award-winning cult show, This Week on BBC1. He presented three editions of the Daily Politics on BBC2 every week from 2003 til 2018; and the Sunday Politics on BBC1 (2012 til 2017). In the course of his career, he has interviewed seminal world leaders such Kofi Anan, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan; Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Boris Johnson; Boris Yeltsin; Nicholas Sarkozy and Valery Giscard D’Estaing; PW Botha. He is much in demand on the UK/European/global speaker circuit and for chairing major conferences, at which he excels. He speaks on geopolitics and specialises on the politics/economics of the UK, EU, US and Middle East; and how to do business in the digital age. He is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings Media Group, publishers of The Spectator, Spectator Australia, Spectator USA and Apollo, the world-renowned art magazine. He launched Spectator Australia in 2009 and Spectator USA in 2018.
Kate Andrews is The Spectator’s economics editor. She previously worked as Associate Director at the UK’s leading free market think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs. She features regularly on flagship political programmes, including BBC’s Question Time, and has a regular slot reviewing the papers on BBC News and Sky News. She has written for the Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Express and City AM, among other outlets.
Sir Roger Carr
Sir Roger Carr is Chairman of BAE Systems plc and a Senior Advisor to KKR. In addition, he is Chairman of the English National Ballet, a Vice President of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and a Visiting Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He has previously held a number of senior appointments including Chairman of Centrica plc, Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust, Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the Court of the Bank of England, President of the Confederation of British Industry, Chairman of Cadbury plc, Chairman of Chubb plc, Chairman of Mitchells & Butlers plc, Chairman of Thames Water plc and Chief Executive of Williams plc. Throughout his career he has served on a number of external committees including the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, the Manufacturing Council of the CBI, The Higgs Committee on Corporate Governance and Business for New Europe. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce, a Companion of the Institute of Management, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He was knighted for Services to Business in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2011.
Ben Hudson is the Chief Technology Officer for BAE Systems and is responsible for leading the company-wide strategy to reinforce and enhance the company’s position as a technology leader through optimising investments in technology and digitisation across the group. Ben has extensive international Defence-sector experience and has developed, delivered and supported complex systems for customers across Australasia, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Ben led the global vehicle systems portfolio for Rheinmetall, based in Germany, held senior roles with General Dynamics, based in Switzerland and served as an Officer in the Australian Army, including active service in East Timor. Ben is a dual Australian and British national with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA from London Business School. Ben is married with two children and when not at work enjoys spending time with his family, flying, honing his woodworking skills and watching rugby.
Ben Wallace has been the Member of Parliament for Wyre and Preston North since May 2010. After leaving school at eighteen, Ben did a short stint as a Ski Instructor in Austria before entering the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Scots Guards at twenty and he has also worked in the aerospace industry. In May 2010 Ben stood for election in the newly created constituency of Wyre and Preston North and was successful in being returned to Parliament in 2010, 2015 and 2017. After the 2015 election Ben was promoted and held the position of Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland until being promoted again in 2016 to be the Minister of State for Security at the Home office. He held this position until being promoted again in 2019 to his current position as the Secretary of State for Defence.
Tom left the British Army in July 2013 after a career in which he served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, as the military assistant to the chief of the Defence Staff. Tom also worked for the Foreign Office and helped set up the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the government in Helmand Province. When the Iraq War broke out in 2003, Tom was mobilised as an Arabic-speaking intelligence officer to serve with the Royal Marines. On returning to the UK, Tom was asked by the new chief of the General Staff (the head of the British Army) to work on the Army Strategy Team helping prepare for the Strategic Defence and Security Review. In 2015 Tom was elected as Member of Parliament for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling and was re-elected in 2017 and 2019 too. In Parliament, Tom 2017 was elected chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, a role he continues to hold.
Stephen Booth is Head of the Britain in the World Project at Policy Exchange, where his work focusses on the UK’s post-Brexit relationships with Europe and the rest of the world. He has written extensively on UK trade relationships, regulation, and immigration policy. He was previously Director of Policy and Research at the think tank Open Europe. He has appeared regularly in the media and to give evidence to several parliamentary select committees.
Sophia Gaston is the Director of the British Foreign Policy Group. She is a social and political researcher specialising in public opinion. Her research particularly explores threats to governance in advanced liberal democracies, including – populism, nationalism, cultural insecurity, nostalgia and the rise of anti-establishment movements. Through the British Foreign Policy Group, she works to bridge the domestic and international spheres, to reinvigorate the UK’s international relationships, and to advance the future of the liberal world order. Her recent projects have focused on bringing together the Levelling Up and Global Britain agendas, resetting UK-China relations, and building public consent for an active UK foreign policy. Sophia is also a Research Fellow in the Institute for Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. She is a regular media commentator in broadcast and the press, and frequently presents her research at conferences and workshops in the UK and internationally.
Tobias was elected as Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East in May 2005, and subsequently re-elected in 2010, 2015, 2017 and most recently in December 2019. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with special responsibility for the Middle East and Africa from July 2014, and was made Parliamentary under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence in the June 2017 reshuffle. After the May 2010 General Election, Tobias was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary, the Rt. Hon Liam Fox MP. He was appointed to similar positions for the Minister for Europe, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP, in October 2011, and the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, in October 2013. He held this position until he was promoted to the Foreign Office in July 2014, with responsibility for the Middle East and Africa. Tobias was Parliamentary Advisor to the Prime Minister for the 2014 NATO Summit and a member of the Parliamentary Delegation to the NATO Assembly 2014. He spent six years in the Regular Army with The Royal Green Jackets, head quartered in Winchester, and served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Germany, Gibraltar and Bosnia.
Until recently, Air Marshal Edward Stringer was the Director General of Joint Force Deployment and DG Defence Academy, within Joint Forces Command. He was the de facto ‘J7’ for the UK’s Military Strategic Headquarters, owning the conceptual element of UK fighting power, including concepts & doctrine, training and education. Before that he was Assistant CDS (Operations) at the MOD in Whitehall, acting as its operations director- from UK flood-relief to the Deterrent. He was also previously the RAF’s Assistant Chief, responsible for all policy interaction with the MOD and for the RAF Board’s business. He arrived there from seeing the inside of the Pentagon as CDS’ Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. A previous Commandant Air Warfare Centre and head of RAF Intelligence, he has had operational commands in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans. A one-time Jaguar pilot and weapons instructor (QWI) he first saw action in the Gulf War in ’91 and in the no-fly zone (NFZ) operations that followed.