Bringing leaders from the public and private sectors together

The Briefing Circle brings together leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss issues of mutual interest. It runs a programme of weekly briefings with the objective of promoting shared learning, collaboration and partnership. It is an independent organisation, with no political affiliation.

The Briefing Circle gathers an amazingly diverse group of people. The conversation and debate is always stimulating and is opinion forming.
Dominic Burke, Chief Executive Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group
I have found Briefing Circle events a useful way to engage with a broad cross-section of public and private organisations.
Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
Excellent speakers, informed discussion on key topics of the day.
Anne Glover CBE, Chief Executive Amadeus Capital Partners
The Briefing Circle has a pretty unique way of bringing together really senior people from a range of backgrounds to discuss topical issues in an informal environment. The discussions bring real insights and different perspectives and are “must attend” events!
Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive WorldSkills UK
I have been a regular attendee of the Briefing Circle over the last 3 or 4 years. It is a successful format; Chatham House rules, distinguished speakers and frank debates. They are disciplined meetings which start and finish on time and I have learnt something at every one.
Robert Webb QC, Chairman Darktrace

About The Briefing Circle

The Briefing Circle is led by Hugh Merrill who established it in 2007 and believes that bringing together leaders in each of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors furthers the interests of all.

The briefings aim to establish common ground, build relationships and create opportunities for business and other collaborations across these sectors.

He organises 30 top level briefings every year, each on a subject where private and public sector interests converge.

Over the last twelve months these have included frank discussions on the challenging problems of the moment on a range of topics including energy and the environment, governance and regulation, health, education, skills and training, country and European briefings as well as issues relating to opportunities for economic growth including infrastructure initiatives and opportunities for the more effective delivery of public services.