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Global Annual Conference 2022

Thursday 30 June 2022
QEII Centre, London

People, Planet, Progress

Our flagship Global Annual Conference is one of the main events in the business calendar, with the 2022 Conference taking place on Thursday 30 June at the QEII Conference Centre, London.

After a turbulent few years, our Global Annual Conference will be an opportunity for business leaders from the UK and around the world to come together and look to a more sustainable and responsible future.

Through thought-provoking discussions, talks and peer-to-peer sessions, delegates will be able to explore and debate how we can individually and collectively rise to the challenges ahead, with a particular focus on:

  • PEOPLE - Developing talent now and for the future
  • PLANET - Boosting a green global economy
  • PROGRESS - Seizing new opportunities

Away from the sessions there also will be networking time for delegates to greet existing contacts and meet new ones; and we will also be showcasing our dynamic network of Chambers and strategic partners.

Themes

People

People and Skills: developing talent now and for future

Adopting a strategic approach to talent development and management to ensure a resilient, sustainable skilled workforce that meets the needs and demands of a changing environment.

Planet

Green Innovation: boosting a green global economy

Green considerations are increasingly being factored into investment decisions and fiscal policy. Sustainable finance will be the cornerstone of our economy in the years to come. In the year of the UK’s Presidency of COP we will explore the climate transition for businesses of all shapes and sizes to a net zero future and help businesses take advantage of new opportunities.

Progress

Sustainable Trade: seizing new opportunities

Developing suitable environmental and societal policies to reduce barriers to trade, drive growth in the global economy and drive innovation in green industries, leading to opportunities for growth in new and exciting global markets and a successful green economy.

Speakers

Áine Rogers
UKI Small Business Director, Cisco Systems Ltd
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Baroness Alison Wolf CBE
Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and the Prime Minister’s Expert Adviser on Skills and Workforce policy
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Ana Christie
Chief Executive, Sussex Chamber of Commerce
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Andrew Harrison
Managing Director, Business Banking NatWest Commercial Banking 
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Andy Burnham
Mayor of Greater Manchester
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Angela Francis
Director of Policy Solutions, WWF
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The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Secretary of State for International Trade
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Bobby Seagull
​Maths Teacher, Broadcaster, Author & Investment Banker
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Bola Lafe
CEO/Founder, Opus Innovations
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Chris Southworth
Secretary General, ICC United Kingdom
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Clare Shine
Director and CEO, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
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Claire Walker
Co-Executive Director, British Chambers of Commerce
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Clare Harbord
Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Drax Group
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Corin Crane
Chief Executive, Black Country Chamber of Commerce
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Elizabeth Vega OBE
Group CEO, Informed Solutions
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Halla Tómasdóttir
CEO of The B Team
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Hannah Essex
Co-Executive Director, British Chambers of Commerce
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James Mason
CEO of West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
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Jenny Kovacs
Visibility Specialist
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John Holland-Kaye
CEO, Heathrow Airport
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Karen Wheeler
GDF Senior Responsible Owner, (SRO), Nuclear Waste Services
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Katie Prescott
Technology Business Editor at The Times
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Layla Davar
Student, The Grey Coat Hospital School
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Liam Smyth
Director of Trade Facilitation
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Mary Portas
Founder of Portas
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Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; current Chair of The Elders
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Miranda Barker
Chief Executive, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
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Nafeesah Kamal
Student, The Grey Coat Hospital School
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Neil ‘Jacko’ Jackson
Director, Defence Relationship Management and Army officer Veteran
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Oliver Thompson
Personal Impact Coach, Oliver Thompson Training Ltd
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​Princetta Racheal
Student, The Grey Coat Hospital School
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Rachel Reeves MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
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Rebecca Warder
Head of Knowledge Management at Hausfeld
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Richard Burge
Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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Ruby Ager
Student, The Grey Coat Hospital School
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Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE 
President, British Chambers of Commerce
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Sam Jeffs
Director Peregrine Ltd, Royal Navy Veteran
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Sam Jones
Head of Climate and Sustainability GB, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
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Sarah Howard MBE
Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce and Director, Sarand Business Software
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Shevaun Haviland
Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
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Solange Chamberlain
Commercial Banking COO, NatWest Group 
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Sophia Kianni
Founder of Climate Cardinals
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Tim Brent OBE FCILT
Director of Logistics Jacobs UK & Colonel British Army Reserve
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Vicki Brooks
Events Executive, currently serving Cadet Force Adult Volunteer (Captain)
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