Our November events programme was one of our most diverse and wide ranging since we began hosting discussions virtually. Across seven events we were able to cover topics relating to financial services, decarbonisation, loneliness, and life sciences.
Once again we were fortunate enough to have a number of high profile chairs and speakers including Andy Briggs, Group Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix alongside Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee as well as Wera Hobhouse MP, Shadow Leader of House for Liberal Democrats chairing a discussion on Smart Grids.
Two’s Company: Tackling Loneliness in the UK
On Monday 02 November, we hosted a Virtual Event that welcomed guest speakers Joanna Dring, Head of Media at Heineken and Professor Niall Hayes, Professor of Information and Organisation, Lancaster University. The discussion focused on how the Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the increasing issue of loneliness in the UK across all generations.
Main points raised:
Read more in our guest blog by Professor Niall Hayes
Making Energy Smart: Developing Smart Grids
On Tuesday 03 November 2020, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Justice, Women and Equalities, and Shadow Leader of the House. She was joined by Stewart Reid, Head of Future Networks, SSE Bjoern Reinke, Director of Data & Data Science, Drax. The discussion considered how the new energy supply model of smart grids can be developed whilst ensuring the existing system is securely providing electricity to homes and businesses across the country.
The Road Ahead: Decarbonising Road Transport
On Monday 16 November, we hosted a Virtual Event between parliamentarians and industry representatives. The discussion was chaired by Ruth Cadbury MP, Select Committee on Transport and welcomed guest speakers Peter Stephens, Head of UK External and Government Affairs at Nissan, Tom Clarke, Head of Electrical Vehicle Strategy at LV= and Professor Dave Stone, Professor in Electrical Engineering at Sheffield University. The discussion focused on the role of electrical vehicles (EVs) in achieving the Government target of net zero emissions by 2050.
A Greener Nation: Promoting Recycling in the UK
On Tuesday 17 November 2020, we held a virtual event chaired by Derek Thomas MP, Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The guest speakers were Tim Rotheray, Director, Viridor and Dr Sebastien Farnaud, Professor, Centre for Sport and Exercise and Life Sciences, Coventry University and Tim Moerman, Corporate Affairs Manager (Europe), Anheuser-Busch InBev. The discussion focused on how government, industry and households can create a clear recycling framework for the UK and remove the barriers and confusion surrounding recycling
Ensuring Financial Inclusion
On Wednesday 18 November, we hosted a Virtual Event between parliamentarians and industry representatives. The discussion was chaired by Lee Rowley MP and welcomed guest speakers Darren Smith, Corporate Relationships Manager, Yorkshire Building Society, Louise Drake, National Sales Manager, Yorkshire Building Society and Professor Thankom Arun, Professor of Global Development and Accountability, Essex Business School. The discussion focused on considering ways in which people could be encouraged to save, increase their confidence in financial services and improve personal financial management.
Read more in our guest blog by Professor Thankom Arun
Generation veXed: Solving the Retirement Puzzle
On Monday 23 November 2020, we held a virtual event chaired by Stephen Timms MP, Chair, Select Committee on Work & Pensions. He was joined by Andy Briggsm, Group Chief Executie Officer, Phonex Group. The discussion focussed on what policy measures are required to support greater pension saving amongst Generation X and the wider population.
Life Sciences: A Golden Age of Innovation
On Tuesday 24 November, we hosted a Virtual Event between parliamentarians and industry representatives. The discussion was chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP, Chair of All-Party Group on Life Sciences and welcomed guest speakers Dr Samin Saeed, Chief Scientific Officer and Medical Director, Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK and Professor Anna Hine, Associate Dean of Enterprise, Aston School of Life and Health Sciences. The discussion focused on the need to develop research facilities and increase funding to allow for greater innovation and ensure the UK becomes a world leader in life sciences.