Brexit Business Planning Forum, London

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The IRN Brexit Business Series will cover all aspects of how Brexit may affect your businesses, whether you choose to relocate or to stay in the UK. It will bring together key decision-makers, corporates, financial institutions, policymakers, consultants and legal experts.

Topics to be covered include relocation issues, HR, tax, law, compliance and regulation.

The series will take place over two days:

  • Day 1: Brexit Business Planning Forum – Leading experts share their views on Brexit planning. For all corporates and financial institutions based in the UK
  • Day 2: Brexit Human Resources Forum – Covers workforce planning, immigration, recruitment, relocation, engagement and law

Free entry for UK corporate and HR delegates. 20 per cent discount for service providers. See below for details.

Who should attend?

  • C-level executives
  • Company presidents
  • Chairmen
  • Partners
  • Directors
  • Senior executives in finance, HR, operations, global mobility, tax, law and strategy

Day 1: Brexit Business Planning Forum, 6 September

Key themes

  • UK and the global economy: How is uncertainty of Brexit affecting the confidence of businesses of their future in the UK?
  • What does 'preparing for Brexit' involve for a corporation?
  • The real cost of Brexit: Trade, talent and tax
  • Implementing effective human resource and global mobility strategies in a post-Brexit world
  • To relocate or not to relocate – that is the question
  • How is Brexit likely to impact corporate governance in both the UK and the EU?
  • Legal challenges of a post-Brexit corporate world: What do corporates need to look out for?
  • What destination provides the best post-Brexit options to corporates?


  • Paul Hallas, Brexit Project Manager, Centrica
  • Gergely Polner, Head of Europe Public Affairs, Standard Chartered
  • Colin Ellis, Brexit, Chief Credit Officer, Moodys
  • Bobby Console-Verma, CEO, Tower Gate Capital
  • Stephen Hurley, Head of Brexit Planning, BT Group
  • George Dallas, Policy Director, ICCGN
  • Penny Tamkin, Director, Employer Research and Consultancy, IES
  • David Geary, Deputy Head of EU and International Affairs, FSB
  • Daniel Vernazza, Chief UK Economist, UniCredit
  • Robert Odink, Managing Director, Cornerstone
  • Eric Menges, President & CEO, FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH
  • David Lutton, Executive Director, Policy, London First
  • Nicole Sykes, Head of EU Negotiations, CBI
  • Giles Derrington, Head of Policy, Exiting the EU, Tech UK
  • Annette Klerks, Head of Department of International Business Service, Dusseldorf
  • Stefan Matz, Director of International Business, Hamburg Business Development
  • Andreas Gerber, Director International Business, Bremen Invest
  • Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor, Relocate Global
  • Peter Graham, Group Director for Visas and Immigration, Santa Fe Relocation

Day 2: Brexit Human Resources Forum, 7 September

Key themes

  • Establishing the UK workforce as a global leader in skills, talent and diversity
  • Navigating through uncertainty: What role can HR play in Brexit planning?
  • Understanding your workforce: Utilising data to analyse workforce needs
  • Recruitment, retention and rewards: Securing the best workforce for your business post- Brexit
  • What does the future of work look like in a post-Brexit Britain?
  • Communication and engagement with employees in a period of change and uncertainty
  • How can business prepare for the changes to employee mobility and immigration?
  • How does Brexit planning differ for businesses with a lower skilled/high turnover workforce?
  • Employment law and Brexit: What’s changing for HR?
  • A closer look at implications of relocation for your workforce


  • Seamus Nevin, Head of Employment & Skills Policy, Institute of Directors
  • Mike Williams, People Director, Byron Hamburgers
  • Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy & External Affairs, Chartered Management Institute
  • Tim Thomas, Director of Employment and Skills Policy, EEF
  • Edward Houghton, Research Adviser – Human Capital and Metrics, CIPD
  • Gerwyn Davies, Labour Marker Adviser, CIPD
  • Philip Edwards, Head of Employee Relations and Policies, Lloyd’s of London
  • Beverley Vince, HR and Operations Director, AFME
  • Kate Shoesmith, Head of Engagement, Recruitment & Employment Confederation
  • John Guthrie, Employment Policy Advisor, British Hospitality Association
  • Toby Peyton-Jones, HR Director, UK & North-West Europe, Siemens
  • Peter Graham, Group Director for Visas and Immigration, Santa Fe Relocation
  • Dimitris Tsouroplis, Group Head of HR, Libra Group
  • Jan Hills, Partner, Head Heart + Brain

Further information and bookings

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