Brexit Update – Where are we now?
When UK voters chose on 23rd June 2016, by a small majority, to take Britain out of the European Union, some imagined that it would be a quick and simple process. By contrast, some experts and politicians knew very well that extricating the UK from the EU would be long, difficult and contentious. The word “Brexit” itself meant different things for different people, even among the leaders of the “Leave” campaign.
Come and join us for a vibrant discussion about Brexit and it’s implications on the world surrounding us. Our highly respected industry professionals and speakers will offer an valuable insight about the ongoing negotiations – where are we now and what it will be.
The evening will begin with a keynote speech by His Excellency Tom Dodd, British Ambassador to Finland. His speech will provide an overview of “Britain, Brexit and Finland”. After that we will hear insightful talks from Bob Doyle from London & Partners, Chandru Iyer from Kingston Smith and Nicola Richards from Doyle Clayton. Talks will be followed with Q&A, and drinks and canapes will be shared after.
TOM DODD, British Ambassador to Finland
Tom Dodd has been British Ambassador to Finland since January 2018. His career has spanned roles in the Cabinet Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office and House of Commons, principally in inter-agency co-ordination, security and analysis. His previous postings include Kabul (as Chargé and Deputy Ambassador) and Basra (Deputy Consul General). Tom has degrees in history and in international relations. He is of Danish, English, Irish, German and French descent. He speaks a number of languages badly and is now attempting to learn Finnish.
BOB DOYLE, London & Partners
Bob is the Head of EMEA, Inward Investment at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency. We promote London internationally, as the best city in the world in which to invest, work, study and visit.
CHANDRU IYER, Kingston Smith
is the Head of International Business Development at Kingston Smith and is an experienced cross-border International Trade and Investment specialist having worked on transactions between India, Scandinavia, Australia and UK for over 15 years. Before joining Kingston Smith, Chandru was working in various techno-commercial roles for Austrade at the Australian High Commission, Finpro at the Finnish Embassy, global semiconductor major ST Microelectronics and a Scandinavian Consulting firm. Chandru is an Electronics Engineering graduate and also a Post graduate MBA degree holder with specialisation in International Business and Marketing.
NICOLA RICHARDS, Doyle Clayton
Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has over six years’ experience in advising clients in all aspects of UK Immigration. She offers a diverse practice area, having gained experience in acting for large corporate clients, as well as assisting
private clients. Nicola has a particular interest and experience within the digital technology sectors and acts for a large amount of FinTech clients. She is actively involved with providing immigration advice within the technological sector and works with start-ups looking to scale up within this sector. Her immigration experience ranges from Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applications and the subsequent applications, to EEA applications, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent and Sole Representative Visas.