• 16 Dec 2022
  • In-person

Chairs' Christmas Breakfast

Our flagship event is back by popular demand!

Sponsored by Tees Law

Join us for this flagship Christmas breakfast event hosted by Essex chair Paul Durrant at the beautiful Braxted Park Estate.

The event sponsored by Tees Law takes place on Friday 16th December from 7.30am to 11am and will feature IoD Chief Economist Kitty Ussher who will provide an economic forecast, along with Phil Eckersley, Bank of England agent for the South East and East Anglia who will provide an ‘off the record’ look at the UK economy.

Mr Eckersley, a former economics and mathematics teacher, will offer insights into the current situation on inflation, unemployment and GDP as well as trends in 2022 and beyond.There will also be the chance for questions.

Our keynote speaker, Seema Malhotra, Labour (Coop) Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston and Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers will be providing a generic update. The event is a great opportunity to join fellow business leaders for a morning of interesting conversation and fascinating speakers to kick start the festive season!

We are delighted to be supporting the Colchester food bank as this years nominated charity, and will hear from their CEO and IoD ambassador, Michael Beckett BA(Hons) CDir FIoD MCIOF about the fantastic work they do.

Ticket price inclusive of the following:

  1.  Refreshments on arrival 
  2. Full English Breakfast served with tea, coffee & fruit juice 

  Event agenda:

  • 07.30 Registration - Networking & refreshments
  • 08.10 Guests to take their seats
  • 08.15 Welcome speeches from Tees Law and IoD Essex Chair, Paul Durrant
  • 08.20 Breakfast to be served
  • 09.15 Phil Eckersley, followed by Q&A
  • 09.45 Kitty Ussher followed by Q&A
  • 10:15 Seema Malhotra followed by Q&A
  • 10.55 Closing speech by IoD 
  • 11.00 Guests to depart


Kitty Ussher

Kitty Ussher is a UK macroeconomist and public policy research professional and the Chief Economist at the Institute of Directors. A former MP for Burnley, she served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (“City minister”) during the early phase of the financial crisis and subsequently as a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.

She then moved to the private sector, delivering public policy thought leadership research projects for large corporates and charities. She has served on the FCA consumer panel and in addition to her work at the IoD is also a NED for an asset manager and a fast-growing fintech.

Michael Beckett BA(Hons) CDir FIoD MCIOF

Michael is chief officer of Colchester Foodbank, a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the local area.

IoD ambassadors enable greater connectivity, create influence, and drive professional development opportunities while giving the Institute its all-important local voice.

Michael is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the IoD. He won the prestigious Chair’s Award at this year’s Director of the Year Awards for the East of England.

Phil Eckersley

Phil started with the Bank of England in 1987 having spent three years teaching economics and mathematics in SE London.
After four years working as a statistician on money supply data, Phil moved to the management's accounts office in the Bank, providing detailed cost briefing to Governors and Directors.
In 1994 Phil joined the Bank of England's agency network, between 1994 and 2002 acting as Deputy Agent in the South East & East Anglia moving on in 2002 to become Agent for Northern Ireland; then in October 2008 he was appointed to be the Agent in the South East & East Anglia.

Seema Malhotra

Seema Malhotra is the Labour (Coop) Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston and Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers. She served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2015-2016 and Shadow Minister for Employment in 2020-21. She founded and chairs a local charity Hounslow’s Promise focussed on education attainment, social mobility and employability. Prior to entering Parliament, Seema was a business and public service adviser. She has over ten years experience with Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is on the Executive of the Fabian Society and is the Founder and President of the Fabian Women’s Network.


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