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Let’s Talk! Lessons from Inside No. 10

14 Jul 2021
Online webinar, Online


IoD’s largest branch Central London is delighted to welcome all IoD members to an open Chatham House rules conversation with Lee Cain on how the UK government really works and challenges/ opportunities ahead.

In this session we will dig deep and cover topics ranging from communications during a crisis, ways to dialogue with the government, strategic decisions in play to regenerate the UK economy and more! 

We are delighted to confirm that the Let’s Talk! hosts and Mr Cain will chair a VIP session for the last 30 minutes in a zoom meeting where the audience are invited to participate in Round Table discussions and ask questions/ share views on topics covered. Let’s Talk!

This free event is open to IoD members only.

Let's Talk series

IoD London has launched an exciting new series produced by Central London's Chair Reena Dayal and facilitated by Central London Membership Ambassador Keith Donnelly

Get ready to hear from passionate advocates and add your voice to courageous conversations on hard issues ranging from Modern Slavery, social mobility, sustainability greenwashing, gender bias, homelessness, materialism trap and more! 

We welcome topics and themes that you think we should be talking about. Contact Keith with topics, speaker suggestions and if you would like to be involved. 

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Date & time: 14 Jul 2021 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Lee Cain

Lee Cain is the founder of strategic advisory firm Charlesbye. A journalist by training, Lee has advised many of the UK’s leading politicians including Theresa May, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom.  He began advising Boris Johnson while he served as Foreign Secretary and later spearheaded his campaign to be Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

After a landslide victory, Lee was asked to become Downing Street Director of Communications in 2019. Here he was central in all key parts of government including communications, economic strategy, national security, constitutional crisis and key domestic policy. Working at the heart of government, Lee held direct responsibility for managing some of the biggest media stories of the past half century.

While as a key campaign strategist he urged the country to “Take Back Control” and “Get Brexit Done” – helping the Conservative Government win the largest election majority since Margaret Thatcher.  He is also credited with developing the “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives” messaging for the Government’s Covid-19 response.

Let’s Talk hosts

Reena Dayal

Reena is the (interim) Chair to IoD's largest branch Central London. In the past year she has been instrumental in launching the London Business Extra Digital Series, Music & Arts and Education SIGs as well as growing the Central London ambassadorial community to over 50. Her focus remains to diversify London's membership profile and engage members with initiatives that make a difference. 

In her day job, she is a Leadership Accelerator offering high impact coaching, mentoring and training to Under 30s, scale up entrepreneurs, female leaders and their teams to help establish 'profit with purpose.' businesses  She is the co-founder of the Amplenary Academy of Entrepreneurs, author of The Brilliance Quotient and Executive Coach on panel for FTSE 500 companies. 

Dr Roger Barker

Dr. Roger Barker is the Director of Policy and Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors. He is also Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London, and a regular speaker on corporate governance issues at a variety of leading universities and business schools. Previously, Dr. Barker was Managing Director of Governomics Ltd (2016-2020), a corporate governance advisory firm.

A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and taught at Merton College, Oxford (2005-2008). Prior to the UK’s departure from the EU, he represented Employers as a UK Member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels (2015-2020).



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