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

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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 uncertainty continuing to surround the Brexit deal, many questions are being raised about what will happen if the UK leaves with no agreement 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

Professor Tonia Novitz has been active in pre- and post- referendum debates. She has written blogs for both the Oxford Human Rights Hub and the new University of Bristol Futures of Work website blog on various aspects of the impact of Brexit on workers. She has also participated in multi-disciplinary events in London and in Bristol on the topic. Most recently she has delivered papers discussing aspects of Brexit at a European Labour Law workshop in Pamplona and a conference on Workers' Fundamental Human Rights in Aarhus. Her recent publications include articles on 'Collective Bargaining, Equality and Migration: The Journey to and From Brexit' (2017) 46(1) Industrial Law Journal 109 and 'L'impact du Brexit sur les travailleurs' in (2018) Revue de Droit du Travail 718.

Anna Wallace - Head of Reputation at PwC

Anna 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.

Rob Perks - Chief Executive of business support organisation Inspire


With a board-level career within the financial services sector, heading teams in the hundreds for large corporates, including Coutts, NatWest and Bank of Ireland, and having held several non-executive roles as well as starting several of his own businesses, Rob brings wide-ranging expertise to leading Inspire’s business support offering.

Rob is a qualified business strategist and devotes his time to developing Inspire’s services to SMEs and ensuring the organisation's client managers deliver first-rate strategy and business growth advice to companies.

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