Past briefings

15 January 2014

Geoffrey Spence, Chief Executive Infrastructure UK:
“Infrastructure priorities and the ways in which public and private sector collaboration is driving forward key infrastructure projects”

22 January 2014

Angus Lapsley, Director European & Global Issues Secretariat:
“Balance of competences within the EU”

29 January 2014

Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary HM Treasury:
“Whither the economy?”

5 February 2014

Warren East CBE, Director Rolls-Royce, BT Group, Dyson, De La Rue and Micro Technology:
“Sustainable innovation”

12 February 2014

The Hon Bernard Jenkin MP, Chairman of The Public Administration Select Committee:
“Civil Service Reform”

6 March 2014

HE Sir James Bevan KCMG, British High Commissioner to India:
“India Update”

12 March 2014

Jeff Glekin, Head of Economic Diplomacy Prosperity Directorate Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
“The Bribery Act, the impact on business in an internationally competitive world”

19 March 2014

Sir Martin Davidson KCMG Chief Executive British Council:
“Soft Power”

26 March 2014

Vicky Pryce, Member Monitoring the Economy Panel, Department for Business Innovation and Skills:
“Budget Update”

2 April 2014

Sir Michael Rake, President CBI:
“The UK in the EU”

14 May 2014

Martin Donnelly CMG, Permanent Secretary BIS:
“Opportunities for public and private sector partnership to stimulate growth”

21 May 2014

Dr Robin Niblett, Director Chatham House:
“European Parliament elections - the structural challenges facing Europe”

4 June 2014

Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman BP:
“Corporate governance in the modern age”

11 June 2014

David Cruickshank, Chairman Deloitte:
“How to navigate developments in the global tax landscape”

18 June 2014

Mike Wright, Director Jaguar Land Rover:
“How government policy should support innovative, high value and high technology manufacturing”

25 June 2014

Charles Grant CMG Director Centre for European Reform:
“European elections update”

1 July 2014

James Naughtie, Presenter BBC Today Programme:
“The Scottish Referendum”

17 September 2014

Sir Kim Darroch KCMG, National Security Adviser, Cabinet Office:
“National security challenges”

24 September 2014

HE Sir James Bevan KCMG, British High Commissioner to India:
“India Update”

1 October 2014

Bill Crothers CB, Government Chief Procurement Officer:
“Value for money in public sector procurement”

8 October 2014

HE Mr Matthew Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of American to the UK:
“USA Update”

14 October 2014

Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office:
“Review of the efficiency and reform programme and plans for the future”

22 October 2014

James Leigh-Pemberton, Executive Chairman UKFI:
“Returning banks to the private sector - the challenge of securing the best outcome for all stakeholders”

29 October 2014

Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor Aston University and Chair Employability Business and Industry Policy Network:
“Stepping up to the challenge of providing skilled engineers for the UK’s infrastructure programme”

5 November 2014

Lord Currie of Marylebone, Chairman Competition and Markets Authority:
“Encouraging growth and innovation - making markets work for consumers, businesses and the UK economy”

12 November 2014

Sir Winfried Bischoff, Chairman Financial Reporting Council:
“Restoring trust in business”

26 November 2014

Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive Energy UK:
“Keeping the lights on - reconciling consumer, commercial and regulatory requirements”

I attend the Briefing Circle because it is an opportunity to meet like-minded senior individuals with very different perspectives. I usually meet someone new and always learn something from our conversation.
Paul Jackson, Chief Executive Engineering UK
In my second career I find myself invited to any number of briefings, discussions and general stuff. About the only one that I regularly turn up to is the Briefing Circle run by Hugh Merrill. I find the discussion wide ranging, the attendees have acute insight, and I always come away both stimulated and better informed.
Nick Baveystock, Director General and Secretary Institution of Civil Engineers
The Briefing Circle is an exceptional opportunity to meet and hear from both the interesting and the interested. The dialogues I have been involved in have been high-level and informative.
Simon Walker, Director General Institute of Directors
I find the Briefing Circle lunches immensely useful, primarily because Hugh manages to bring together such an interesting mix of people with different perspectives. This makes for rich, informative and always stimulating discussions. It is a great idea to bring different sectors together in this way.
Nicola Dandridge CBE, Chief Executive Universities UK
Many many thanks for inviting me along to the lunch yesterday, it was simply excellent. As always you managed to gather together an impressive group and the discussion was fascinating.
James Sproule, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, Institute of Directors