Speakers

Photo of Graham Russell MBEGraham Russell MBE is Director of Regulatory Delivery (RD), a new directorate created on 1 April 2016 within the UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

RD brings together the expertise and experience of the Better Regulation Delivery Office and the National Measurement and Regulation Office to focus on improving the delivery of regulation in the UK.

Graham’s professional background is as a regulator in local government, where he worked as Head of Trading Standards and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council. In 2007 he was appointed by the UK Government to create the Local Better Regulation Office and take forward the radical change agenda envisioned in the Hampton report. In 2012 he brought LBRO into BIS, taking responsibility for a broader range of issues nationally and locally. Now, with the creation of Regulatory Delivery, he is leading the change towards an integrated team which will develop policy, support implementation solutions and provide enforcement capability.

Photo of Nick MalyshevNick Malyshev is Head of the OECD Regulatory Policy Division where he directs country reviews of regulatory reform in OECD and non-OECD countries. He was responsible for updating the OECD recommendations on regulatory reform, now the 2012 Recommendation on Regulatory Policy and Governance. He has also worked extensively on economic transition in Russia and Chin, including analytical and advisory work on a range of topics such as regulatory policy and institutional reforms. Prior to joining the OECD, he worked as a financial analyst at GlaxoSmithKline and as a securities trader at Wall Street West, an investment bank.

Jaee SamantJaee Samant has been Director General for Skills, Deregulation and Local Growth since April 2016.

She joined the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in 2013 as Labour Market Director. Prior to BIS, she was the Home Office’s Crime Director. Jaee has been a civil servant for almost 25 years and has worked at the Department of Employment, the Department for Education and Employment and the Cabinet Office before joining the Home Office in 2004. She has also worked on secondment to the BIG Lottery Fund and the BBC.

Jaee spent some of her childhood in India, Singapore and Hong Kong before moving to the UK in 1980. She worked in banking for a year before joining the civil service.

The Director General for Skills, Deregulation and Local Growth, as well as Legal, sits on the Executive and Departmental Boards. The Director General has responsibility for:

  • apprenticeships
  • vocational education
  • better regulation and regulatory delivery
  • local growth
  • legal services

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a member of the House of Lords, where she chairs the Select Committee for The Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict, and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s UK Delegation, where she sits on the Monitoring Committee. She co-chairs the UK Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Foreign Affairs, founded and chairs the Iraq Britain Business Council and the AMAR International Charitable Foundation. She was appointment as PM Trade Envoy to Iraq in 2014 and to Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in 2016.

Her business career was in Information Technology and she was elected to the House of Commons for two terms from 1987 and the European Parliament twice in 1999 and 2004 where she was Rapporteur for Iraq and initiated and chaired the first Iraq/EP permanent standing committee.

img-margotjames-430x430Margot James MP was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 17 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Stourbridge in May 2010.

Previously Margot served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016 and was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Green during his period as Minister for Trade and Investment. She also served as a local councillor in Kensington and Chelsea from 2006 to 2008.

Responsibilities include:

  • small business (including the Small Business Commissioner, Groceries Code Adjudicator, Pubs Code Adjudicator)
  • enterprise and British Business Bank
  • retail sector
  • consumer and competition (including energy retail markets, competition law and Companies House)
  • deregulation and regulatory reform

Career before politics:

Margot worked in sales and marketing for her father’s business, MJI based in Birmingham. In 1986 she co-founded Shire Health Group, a public relations and medical education business. It was sold in 2004.

s216_alokAlok Sharma MP was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Reading West in May 2010. Elected in 2010 for Reading West, with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives in the country, Alok has served as a member of the Commons Treasury select committee, a member of the Commons Science and Technology select committee, a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and from 2012 to 2015 as a Conservative Party Vice Chairman. Alok was appointed in 2016 as the Prime Minister’s Infrastructure Envoy to India. He also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who had overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office.

Responsibilities include:

• Asia (excluding Central Asia)
• Australasia and the Pacific
• communications
• public diplomacy, Olympics legacy, Chevening and the GREAT campaign
• economic diplomacy (including Islamic Finance and the FCO’s Science and Innovation work)
• estates and security
• drugs and international crime

Career outside politics:

Prior to entering Parliament, Alok qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, and then worked for 16 years within banking, first with the Japanese firm Nikko Securities and then Enskilda Securities (the investment banking arm of SE Banken), where he held senior roles based out of London, Stockholm and Frankfurt, including serving as a member of the bank’s Corporate Finance Global Management Committee.

suzie12-16Susie Kitchens joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Economic Diplomacy Directorate in September 2016, heading up the Department responsible for Economic Growth and Business. Prior to this appointment, she was the British government’s Consul General in Boston, covering the New England region of the US. This was a heavily trade and investment focussed role, capitalising on shared areas of strength in financial services, the life sciences and tech. Susie has also served as Deputy High Commissioner in Tanzania and as Political Secretary in Guatemala. In London she has worked on UN Security Council issues, Consular policy, and bilateral relations with Cuba.

Prior to joining the Foreign Office, Susie worked in international development, for the Aga Khan Foundation in Karachi, Pakistan and Care International in El Salvador.

christine-zhenwei-qiangChristine Zhenwei Qiang, Practice Manager, Trade and Competitiveness, World Bank Group, a Chinese national, is Practice Manager for Investment Climate of the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice. Her teams advise client governments on catalyzing reforms that foster business competitiveness, connect firms to global markets, maximize the benefits of private investment, and create jobs. She also manages the Impact Program, which is focused on strengthening the design, measurement, and reporting of the development impact of investment climate interventions. Christine joined the World Bank Group in 1998. Prior to joining the Investment Climate Unit of the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, she was Lead Economist at the Policy Division of the Global ICT Department of the World Bank Group. Her main responsibilities included overseeing the Bank Group’s analytical agenda on ICT policies, private investment in telecom infrastructure, economics and impact analysis, as well as leading operations and policy dialog in Asian countries. She has published many journal articles, book chapters and reports on private sector development, economic growth and productivity. She has a PhD in Economics and a M.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in German Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University in China.

edward-barkerEdward Barker – Strategy Director
From 2013 to 2016 Edward has been responsible for leading the UK’s engagement in the EU-US trade and investment negotiation (TTIP) as well as BIS interests in the National Security Council. This followed over five years leading for the UK on trade policy (including trade negotiations) and wider international economic issues in the EU, WTO, OECD and G8, from both BIS and the FCO (where he also led work to make FCO more responsive to business).
Edward has lived and worked in the US (advising a power company on its growth strategy) and in South Africa (for Deloitte Consulting). Edward’s previous roles in DTI included electricity market reform, workplace skills and regional development. He has been private secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

s216_david-kennedyDavid Kennedy was appointed as the UK Department for International Development’s first Director General for Economic Development in June this year. He has worked on development finance, strategy and investment at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, he was most recently Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

captain-john-monksCaptain John Monks has completed over 27 years in aviation and has combined flying and management roles for the last 16 years. Previous management roles have included leading the recruitment and training of pilots and developing pilot training strategy. As ‘Head of Aviation Safety, Risk and Compliance’ he is responsible for the completion of all significant aircraft accident and investigation management in BA and manages the oversight of third party airlines with which the organisation has commercial relationships.

Alongside the Flight Operations, Ground Operations and Engineering Directorates at British Airways he develops Safety Culture which includes the implementation of ‘Just culture’. His role also includes working collaboratively with outside agencies and regulators including the UK CAA, EASA, ICAO and as a member of IATA’s Safety Group. He also is holds the role of Specialist Advisor to the Safety Review Committee at NATS, the leading supplier of air traffic navigation services in the UK.