Past briefings

23 January

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chair Treasury Select Committee
“Focus on the UK's domestic policy agenda”

30 January

Colin Matthews, Non-Executive Chairman, EDF Energy
“The role of nuclear power generation in meeting UK carbon reduction targets”

6 February

Baroness Vadera, Chair, Santander
“The economic challenges of technological disruption”

13 February

Lord Kerslake, Chair, UK 2070 Commission
“Restoring trust in private sector contributions to public sector projects and services”

20 February

Nicola Dandridge CBE, Chief Executive, Office for Students
“Higher education, the challenge of aligning skills requirements with student aspirations”

21 February

Paul Arkwright CMG, Former High Commissioner to Nigeria and Chief Executive of Africa Investment Summit 2019
“Nigeria update”

25 February

Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific
“Progress, UK Trade Relationships in Asia Pacific”

13 March

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive UKRI
“The role of research and innovation in supporting growth and productivity”

21 March

Louis Taylor, Chief Executive, UK Export Finance
“Providing support for future trade deals”

3 April

HE Mr Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the United Nations and other International Organisations, Geneva
“The future of multilateral organisations and how they might evolve”

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
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
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
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
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