Our Evelyn Wrench Lecture committee has been busy creating a series of talks both in the clubhouse and online which cover all manner of insightful and informative topics. 

First up, on 29 October enjoy a three-course meal in the Princess Alexandra Hall and hear from speaker Helene Martin Gee. 

You may have heard about Special Advisers in Parliament – what do they actually do? What is it really like to work in the UK House of Lords? And how did a serial entrepreneur find herself setting up an All-Party Parliamentary Group?

Beginning with a glimpse behind the scenes at the Palace of Westminster, Helene Martin Gee takes us on her entrepreneurial journey, through her work in politics, to how she created the Pink Shoe business women’s network and its global programmes to impact the lifelong development of women from all sectors, cultures and professions.

Helene Martin Gee is Founder of the award-winning Pink Shoe Club, with Patrons The Rt Hon Theresa May MP and Tessa Sanderson CBE; Founding Patron was the late Benazir Bhutto.

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On 16 November, three speakers, including the ROSL Chairman, will discuss online three national relationships with China: Australia, USA and UK.

Alexander Downer AC will speak on the Australia-China relationship. Alexander Downer is ROSL’s Chairman and was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in May 2014. He retired from politics in 2008 after a distinguished career spanning 23 years. He was Australia’s longest serving foreign minister from March 1996 to December 2007. He was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party from May 1994 to January 1995. Alexander held senior political advisory roles with former Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Fraser, and Federal Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Andrew Peacock, before entering Parliament as the Member for Mayo in 1984. In January 2013, Alexander was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his distinguished service as Foreign Minister.

Stephen Crisp will speak on USA-China relations. He is Director of International Government Relations with over twenty years’ experience, engaging with governments and regulators, and leading teams in Asia (North East, South and South East), EU, North America, UK. Stephen has direct expertise in global stakeholder engagement in the UK, EU, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, ASEA and US political, regulatory and business worlds and indirect stakeholder engagement globally. Multi-geographic leader and adviser who works with senior leaders, internal teams, governments, trade groups, ad hoc coalitions and solo to achieve results. Stephen will also moderate the Panel discussion.

Guy Dru Drury will speak on the UK-China relationship. He is the Chief CBI Representative China, and he will be joining us from Beijing. Guy established the CBI’s Beijing Office in January 2006. From 2001-2005 he worked as global business development director for two professional services firms in Shanghai and London. Guy’s career has seen him work in a variety of sectors and industries ranging from inward investment to consultancy both in the UK and China. He lived in Chengdu, South West China, from 1998-2000 where he was a partner in a private consultancy and following a year in London he relocated to China in 2005. Guy qualified from Leeds University with a BA in Modern Chinese Studies in 1991 and has a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Chinese from Teachers University (Taipei). He speaks fluent Chinese.

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There's plenty more to come, so keep an eye on www.rosl.org.uk/events to see what else is coming up.


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