Join us for a special Wales webinar which will see us celebrating the annual Wales London week with a great business debate facilitated by Carole Green, Brexit Correspondent at ITV Wales.
Budget, Brexit, Pandemic - What next for Welsh Business?
Our fantastic guest panel will discuss the economic recovery and the opportunities and potential for Wales this year and beyond.
We are absolutely delighted to have Carole Green - Brexit Correspondent at ITV Cymru Wales as facilitator to our special guest panelists:Heather Anstey-Myers, CEO – Chambers Wales
Welsh SME’s are a part of Heather’s DNA, that’s why she leads Chambers Wales, formerly the South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce. By day she is the CEO, by night she keeps 3 sons, 1 cat, 3 hens and a random selection of fish alive. With Celtic Scottish roots, from the Clan Henderson, Scotland is her happy place (apart from Wales obviously). Heather previously headed up the Abergavenny Food Festival and is an Independent Chartered Town Planner. Heather started her career with Torfaen County Borough Council, leading urban regeneration, and town planning projects. She also knows a thing or two about malt whisky!Ben Cottam - FSB
Ben is Head of Wales at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and in that capacity leads the organisation’s operations across Wales including its engagement with Welsh Government, Senedd and UK Government in Wales. FSB is the largest business representative organisation in Wales representing the interests of some 10,000 members across all sectors of the economy. Ben joined FSB from accountancy professional body ACCA where he served for eight years as Head of ACCA Cymru. However, he has previously worked for the FSB, having held the Policy Manager role at FSB Wales some years ago. Early in his career, Ben served as Press Officer and Advisor during the earliest days of the National Assembly for Wales, now the Senedd.
Ben contributes to a number of boards and committees throughout Wales including the Strategic Board for Business Wales – the Welsh Government’s business support function and Local Advisory Board of Cardiff & Vale College’s Career Ready programme. A native of Pembrokeshire, Ben is a keen runner and has interests in music and archaeology.
Ian Price - CBI
Ian joined the CBI as Assistant Director in September 2005. His role in the CBI involves supporting Welsh business and assisting CBI membership with local and national government interface. Ian represents the CBI public sector procurement issues, and specialises in HR and employment, alongside heading up SME work.
Sara Louise Jones – Welsh Consortium
Since 2014 Sara has been the head of the Welsh Retail Consortium, the go to trade association for Welsh retailers. Prior to this role she was Director Wales for the global communications agency Grayling, and has previously worked for British Waterways and formerly Environment Agency Wales. Sara is also a Non-Executive Director for the Farmers’ Union of Wales, chairing the Audit and Risk Committee, and is South Wales Regional Director to the Board of Snowsport Cymru Wales. Sara graduated from Cardiff University with a MSc in European Public Policy and BSc in Politics.
Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE – Institute of Directors
Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE has been National Director Of the Institute of Directors Wales since 2009. Responsible for representing the interests of business leaders in Wales; developing and implementing IoD policies, standards and initiatives; raising the profile of the IoD; working closely with businesses right throughout Wales; and developing and maintaining relationships with both the UK and Welsh Governments, academia, the media and the wider civil society.
Working very closely with both the UK Government and the Welsh Government. He chairs Business Wales, the Welsh Government’s Strategic Board that oversees business support in Wales; a public appointment made by the Minister for Business and the Economy. Having previously chaired the Welsh Government’s Micro Business Task & Finish Group and have conducted several Ministerial Reviews for the Welsh Government.
A member of The Secretary of State for Wales’ Business Advisory Group and the Wales Office’s Brexit Advisory Panel. He is a member of The First Minister for Wales’ Council for Economic Development and am also a member of The Welsh Government Tax Advisory Group, appointed by The Minister for Finance.
Appointed by the Minister for Education, he is also a Board Member of Qualifications Wales, the independent organisation responsible for regulating general and vocational qualifications in Wales, and for which he chairs the Resources Committee and sit on its Remuneration Committee.
Awarded an OBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to both the Economy and for voluntary services in Wales.