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Bristol City Region | Brexit Assembly Breakfast | 31st January 2019

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Bristol City Region | Brexit Assembly Breakfast | 31st January 2019


Hosted by the University of Bristol, The Bristol Post is holding its second Brexit Breakfast on 31 January. This apolitical event will bring together business leaders from across the region for a Q&A panel session on how the UK's withdrawal from the EU could impact business in Bristol - and how companies can prepare themselves for the changes.

With the vote on Theresa May's Brexit agreement looming on 15 January, many questions are being raised about what will happen if the UK leaves with no deal at all. The panellists will be discussing the challenges - and the opportunities - that Bristol will face when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March.

However, we need your input! If you think you or your business is likely to be affected and if there is a burning question our experts may be able to help with, please submit your question when completing the Registration Form. Attendees will be asked to pose their question to the expert panel so please keep it as brief as possible.

The Bristol City Region Brexit Assembly will be chaired by Hannah Baker. Hannah is the Business Editor of the Bristol Post and has written on subjects including Brexit, the economy, entrepreneurship, finance and technology. Prior to joining the Post she worked as Deputy Editor at Think Publishing and as a features writer for the IoD's Director magazine.

Our panel of experts will include:

Matt Griffith - Business West

Matt is Director of Policy at Business West – the business leadership body for the Bristol city region and England’s largest Chamber of Commerce. Matt is a specialist in economic policy and has a long history of economic and business research and lobby work. He has previously worked as an advisor to the UK government and also supported emerging market economies in global trade negotiations. Based on many conversations and visits to Business West’s business members, Matt has extensive insight into the potential impact of Brexit on the Bristol economy and the businesses that make it. 

Tonia Novitz - University of Bristol

Tonia is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. Her research interests focus predominantly on labour law, international and EU trade and the protection of human rights.

A graduate of the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Balliol College, Oxford, Tonia Novitz has held fellowships at the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva), the European University Institute (Florence), the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland. She has been a professor at Bristol since 2008. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Institute of Employment Rights and an honorary member of Old Square Chambers

Anna Wallace - Head of Reputation at PwCAnna works closely with the Executive Board on all issues affecting the firm’s brand and reputation.

Anna joined PwC in 2014 as Head of Political Relations and sits on the firm’s Brexit Steering Committee. She regularly advises clients across all lines of service on political matters including Brexit and political risk. She is a regular contributor to the firm’s webcasts and podcasts.

Before joining PwC Anna led public affairs at EE, the UK’s largest mobile telecoms company, leading on network and infrastructure issues. She has strong relationships across industry and sits on the Executive Committee of the Women in Public Affairs Network. Anna is a Freeman of the City of London and was recently named one of the most influential women in the city, by City AM newspaper.

Katrina McWhinnie - Brexit Strategist at The McWhinnie Consultancy

Katrina is a qualified solicitor and has worked across a variety of projects within legal and financial firms.

When she realised Brexit was on the horizon she could see the implications this could have for businesses – both large and small – within the UK. She became educated on the subject and has become an expert in the potential risks, benefits and impacts of all scenarios around the Brexit question.

Katrina achieves this through her business - The McWhinnie Consultancy - and her first step is a Brexit audit allowing any business owner or C-suite executive to at least consider the possible outcome of Brexit on their particular organisation.

Katrina then helps businesses with regulatory and compliance issues, innovation and change management.



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