Blog Type, Fellowship Blog | August 2017

July Fellowship Update

As the Summer Recess approached, a number of parliamentarians continued to progress with their individual Fellowship programmes. Lord Holmes visited Inmarsat, Baroness Wheeler visited Sue Ryder and Chris Leslie spent time with St James Place Wealth Management. There was also the IPT’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in 11 Downing Street where four parliamentarians received cartoons for completing their respective Fellowship programmes. Read on to find out more:

Feature visit

On Thursday 7 July Lord Holmes continued his Fellowship by visiting Inmarsat Old Street HQ, in order to gain a greater insight into how innovation and applications of new technology affect a range of sectors.

During the visit Lord Holmes met with key members of Inmarsat including CEO Rupert Pearce, who gave him an overview of the organisation, in particular highlighting the different channels and strategy behind the technology transition.  With more than half of all mobile connections around the world now being ‘broadband’, it is becoming increasingly important to have strong communications systems in place. Inmarsat’s wide range of services cover a broad range of sectors including maritime, aviation, governments, first responders, commercial enterprises and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The highlight of the visit for Lord Holmes was a tour of the facilities which included the Network Operations Centre and Satellite Control Centre, where he was able to see first-hand how Inmarsat proactively manages its global data and voice services and met the team that ‘fly’ the company’s satellites.

The highlight of the visit for Lord Holmes was a tour of the facilities which included the Network Operations Centre and Satellite Control Centre, where he was able to see first-hand how Inmarsat proactively manages its global data and voice services and met the team that ‘fly’ the company’s satellites

Lord Holmes said:

I was delighted to visit Inmarsat, it was great to see first-hand the work that they are doing with satellite communications, in particular what they are doing to connect the world and develop the conditions for prosperity overseas and in insecure areas.

In Addition

On Monday 17th July Baroness Wheeler met with Heidi Travis, CEO of Sue Ryder, who provide compassionate care to people with end of life and long term needs. During the meeting they discussed Sue Ryder's hospice and neurological services.

On Wednesday 19th July, Chris Leslie MP, the Former Shadow Chancellor, met with Andrew Cullen-Jones from St James Place Wealth Management. He was given a briefing on financial services and the current trading and market dynamic.

IPT Reception

On Monday 03 July the IPT hosted a reception at 11 Downing Street, as part of the IPT’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The reception included opening remarks from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and former Co-President of the IPT.

Forthcoming chair of the IPT Board of Trustees, Baroness Margaret Prosser OBE, and outgoing chair of three years, Sir David Amess MP, presented cartoon to parliamentarians who had completed their own Fellowship programmes. Cartoons were presented to The Lord German OBE, former MP John Pugh (accepted on his behalf by Baroness Scott of Needham Market), Robin Walker MP and Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP.

Finally

To see all parliamentarians currently engaged in Fellowships, please click here. If you have any questions re the Fellowship scheme then please get in touch with Liz Dawson, Parliamentary Affairs Manager, on 020 7839 9405 or email elizabethdawson@ipt.org.uk In the meantime may I wish everyone a happy Summer Recess.