Interpreting Brexit – A Round Table Evening

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  •  October 27, 2016
     6:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Although the impact of Brexit is far from clear at this point in time the general direction should start to unravel over the next few months. Whatever the future Companies need to start to analyse and plan and try to understand the impact on their businesses, developing response and strategies relating to pretty much all functions of the business.

Planning in a vacuum can be challenging and understanding an industry response may help individual companies to develop more appropriate strategies. But being able to share thoughts and ideas can be difficult, with lack of contacts and concerns about confidentiality.

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The Brexit Round Tables are dinner events, held under Chatham House Rules, allow the sharing of ideas and concerns. The evening will be chaired by Nick White, European Advisor for tx2events and include a presentation from an expert looking at potential impacts, this is followed by a Q&A session and lastly a general discussion on issues and potential directions around a three course dinner.

Please note that there are a limited number of places available so book early to avoid disappointment.

The speaker for the first Brexit round table is John Higgins CBE, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE.

JohnHJohn Higgins CBE was appointed Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, in November 2011 following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect. He is the public face of the digital sector in Europe and speaks regularly on platforms and at conferences throughout Europe and indeed world-wide.

After graduating from the University of East Anglia with an honours degree in Mathematics and then gaining a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance, John began a career in IT. He trained as a systems analyst, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA. In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, a California based that provided the world’s first online recording studios. He returned to the UK in 1998 and became Director General of the Computing Services and Software Association, one of Intellect’s predecessors.

John served as a member of the governing body of the University of Warwick for 12 years until 2015 and was chair of its audit committee. He also chaired a committee that carried out a governance review for the University. John is President of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and was recently elected to the Board of the European Internet Foundation. John’s other committee chair roles include the cross industry association council of the CBI, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association, WITSA. He was board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions; first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.

John is married to Ailsa; they have three adult daughters.

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