EU Exit transition 1st panel session - Post Brexit Threats and Opportunities
Post Brexit threats and opportunities panel discussion in collaboration with Somerset Chamber of Commerce and Womble Bond Dickinson.
Join us 26 days after "Exit Day" for an interactive panel session where we will be discussing the direct and indirect effects on British businesses of the significant changes to the basis on which goods and services are sold and delivered in Northern Ireland and the EU. Armed with the very latest information our team of experts will seek to answer all your questions and concerns to help you prepare a short and medium-term plan to deal with the challenges and opportunities ahead.
This event is sponsored by The Heart of the South West Growth Hub.
We have a number of notable guest speakers who will provide a five-minute introduction to the EU exit, followed by the panel.
Our panellists include:
- Nick Byrne, International Trade Manager of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. Nick is responsible for the management of our International Trade services - including ChamberCustoms - as well as conducting regular reviews of export and import activity and providing updates on significant regulatory changes and operational guidance for key trade procedures. Nick is also the key stakeholder for BCC-accredited International Trade training for Devon.
- Sarah Holmes, Legal Director at Womble Bond Dickinson. Sarah specialises in environmental and planning law, with a focus on the delivery of projects and outcomes with novel or complex aspects, those at the interface of regulatory and consenting regimes and, since 2015, on the consequences of leaving the Single Market for sectors such as chemicals, retail and fishing.
- Hayley Wallbank, Trade Manager Great South West of International Trade Department. Hayley has worked in International Business Development for more than 25 years in automotive, construction, energy and engineering as well as working for DIT as a senior international trade adviser in both the West Midlands and South West regions.
- Steve James, Brexit Coordinator at Brittany Ferries. Steve has worked in the ferry industry for over 40 years, firstly in Poole with Truckline, a freight only ferry operation and, since 1990, in Plymouth with Brittany Ferries in the sales and marketing of the passenger operation. For the past 4 years he has been helping to prepare the company for life after Brexit, working with Government departments, local councils and port authorities to try and ensure a smooth transition to a Brave New World.
- Linda Middleton-Jones, International Marketing Strategy, Export Coach and Mentor at International Trade Matters. Linda has more than 25 years' experience in international commerce across manufacturing, nuclear and aviation sectors from her base in the South West. She represents the economic interests of South West companies globally and promoted specific sector developments in Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean and Central America.
- Kevin McKenzie, Policy and Intelligence Advisor at Plymouth City Council. Kevin has more than 30 years' experience in his role.