The Programme

See below for the full programme for the Comment Conference: Brand new Britain?, held at various venues across London on 29th June 2010.

The Programme - 29th June 2010, London



8.30 - 9.15am

London Central: Does the Capital still command the business heights?
In association with City of London Corporation.

Stuart Fraser, Chairman, Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation talks to Hamish McRae, Associate Editor, The Independent and author of 'What Works: Success in Stressful Times'.

 9.15 - 10.30am

Britain Abroad: Can Britain be trusted in the World?
In association with the British Council.

Chair: Razia Iqbal, Special Correspondent/Presenter, BBC News
Panel to include: Bronwen Maddox, Chief Foreign Commentator, The Times; Professor Philippe Sands QC, author of 'Lawless World'; Dr Anthony Seldon, Political Historian and Master of Wellington College; Cathy Stephens, Director of Innovation, The British Council.

10.30 - 10.45am

Coffee Break

10.45 - 12.00pm

British Communications: Still leading the World?
In association with Clear Channel International.

Chair: William Eccleshare, President and CEO, Clear Channel International
Panel: Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment & Comedy, ITV; Simon Lewis, Strategic Communications Advisor, UK Trade and Investment; Jane Martinson, Media Editor, The Guardian; Sanjay Nazerali, Director, Marketing, Communications & Audiences, BBC Global News; Theresa Wise, Media Analyst, Formerly of Disney and Accenture.

12.15 - 1.00pm

Boat ride down the River Thames to Canary Wharf

1.00 - 2.15pm


2.15 - 3.30pm

Brain Drain: Is British Innovation here to stay?
In association with Edelman, Jaguar Land Rover and Clifford Chance.

Chair: Nick Barron, Deputy Managing Director, Edelman
Panel to include
: Phillip Blond, Founder, ResPublica; Melanie Howard, Chair, Future Foundation; Samantha Roddick, Founder, Coco de Mer; Benjamin Schwarz, Founder, CTO Innovation; Deyan Sudjic, Director, Design Museum.

3.30 - 4.15pm

Journey back along the River Thames to Butler's Wharf and The Design Museum

4.30 - 6.30pm

British Business 
A live recording of BBC Radio 4's The Bottom Line with Evan Davis for radio and TV. 

Guests: Emma Bridgewater, Founder, Emma Bridgewater; John Hitchcox, Founder, Yoo; Brent Hoberman, Founder and Chairman, Mydeco.

6.30 - 8.00pm

Evening drinks reception
With thanks to Aspall

With remarks from Peter York, Cultural Commentator and Editorial Intelligence Associate.


Brand New Britain?

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