Lead Partner

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a leading global defence, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 107,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £22.4 billion (US $36.2 billion) in 2009.

The company is the second largest global defence company with operations in five home markets, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US.

Host Partner

The Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors is recognised as one of the most influential and respected membership organisations in the UK. Our members are some of the most skilled and experienced business leaders in the country, representing the full business spectrum - from start-up entrepreneurs to directors in the public sector and CEOs of multinational organisations. The portfolio of benefits includes tangible, business resources that support both individual and operational performance including free access to workspace in 13 prestigious locations across the UK, business information, advice and research, professional development, access to professional one-to-one advice, and representation at the highest level of government. Members enjoy both online and offline opportunities to meet and connect at high-profile occasions as well as smaller, more regular regional events.

Media Partner

The Financial Times

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 600,000 (Deloitte assured, 2 April 2012 – 1 July 2012) and a combined print and online average daily readership of 2.1 million people worldwide (PwC assured, May 2012). has more than 5 million registered users and over 300,000 paying digital subscribers. The newspaper has a global print circulation of 287,895 (ABCs, September 2012).

Academic Partner

Cass Business School

Cass Consulting is a research-led consultancy service provided by Cass Business School, a world-leading business school situated in the heart of the City of London, that takes academic research and skills and applies them to deliver great results for your business. Our research is known for its rigorous, practical and impartial nature.  While grounded in theory it is always relevant to practice. Our areas of expertise include financial and professional services, actuarial science and insurance, business management and the third sector.


About ei

Editorial Intelligence (ei) is a networking business which runs an agenda-setting opinion former network for those seeking provocative ideas and great connections.Our signature product is the ei Digest - a direct-to-inbox capsule summary of the day’s UK comment media in print and online.