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Enterprise Week 2018 – Keynote Event – The Future of Enterprise in Jersey

07:45 – 11.00
The Pomme D'Or Hotel

The ‘Future of Enterprise in Jersey’ is the opportunity for business leaders and owners to consider and discuss how to navigate the turmoil in global politics, the subsequent impact on the economic environment and the repercussions for Jersey.

The agenda for the Keynote event will be:

07.45 – 08.30: Arrival and breakfast pastries

08.30: Welcome

Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré will share his thoughts on Jersey’s current economic position and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. He will be followed by:

BBC’s Business Editor Simon Jack will discuss the global political and economic shifts and how they are shaping the economic outlook. The impact of Brexit, Trump and the growing likelihood of a trade war will be addressed as Simon  considers whether these changes pose an opportunity or a threat to Jersey. Our thanks go to BDO Jersey who have sponsored Simon’s involvement in Enterprise Week.

A panel discussion will then consider the role and challenges for business leaders in growing and developing their organisation for a future in Jersey. Addressing issues such as technology, employee engagement, making a difference and leadership development will be:

Opportunity to question the speakers will be built in to the session.

11.00: Close, coffee, networking

Simon Jack’s involement is sponsored by BDO Jersey

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We are a leading professional services firm delivering Audit, Tax, Outsourcing and Advisory services to a local and international client base, across a varied industry base.

BDO Jersey works with entrepreneurial and ambitious clients who benefit from a comprehensive and integrated service approach. Sator Regulatory Consulting and Greenlight have both recently become part of BDO Jersey, adding offshore regulatory consulting and change management to the range of services offered by the enlarged firm. The expanded Advisory service capability of BDO Jersey is focussed toward assisting our clients successfully navigate fast paced market change, brought about by rapid advancements in regulation and technology in particular.

The BDO team in Jersey now comprises approximately 80 people, all of whom are committed to being closely involved with our clients on an ongoing basis. It is this genuine proximity coupled with a director-led service approach that enables BDO to fully understand and support our clients development, and enables the firm to deliver a unique partnership approach and value-add service that our clients have come to know, trust and benefit from.

As a member of BDO International, the world’s fifth largest accountancy network, we are able to provide our clients with genuine global reach through more than 67,000 colleagues in 1,400 offices across 158 countries. So wherever our clients choose to operate and do business, BDO is on hand to support them.


Senator John Le Fondré, Chief Minister
John Le Fondré, Chief Minister
Simon Jack
Simon Jack, BBC's Business Editor
Sir Peter Wall
General Sir Peter Wall
Andrew McLaughlin
Dr Andrew McLaughlin, CEO RBS International
Charlie Parker - CEO, States of Jersey
Charlie Parker, CEO, States of Jersey

Senator Le Fondré was elected Chief Minister on 4th June 2018, following his election as Senator in May’s General Election.

Senator Le Fondré had previously served as Deputy of St Lawrence from 2005-18. Since his election in 2005, he has held a number of Assistant Ministerial positions within the Treasury, the Chief Minister’s Department and the Infrastructure Department.

In 2014, he became Chair of the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel within the States Assembly and, from 2017, Chair of the Brexit Scrutiny Panel. He also represented the Island within the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie and the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

Prior to entering the States, Senator Le Fondré was a Chartered Accountant for Ernst and Young, working in Jersey and Luxembourg. He has also held a number of voluntary positions, including over 20 years as Honorary Secretary for a local Housing Trust.

Born and raised in Jersey, Senator Le Fondré is a keen dinghy sailor and enjoys competitive shooting. He is a fluent French speaker, having studied for a time at Montpellier Business School.

Simon took on a role previously held by Robert Peston, Kamal Ahmed, and Jeff Randall.

After time spent as a corporate and investment banker in London, New York and Bermuda, Simon joined the BBC’s Business and Economics unit. He reported for the Today programme, 5 Live's Wake up to Money and has developed podcasts for the Daily Telegraph. Simon became familiar to TV viewers when he started reporting the days' business news for BBC Breakfast and then covered the 2008 financial crisis for BBC News, the BBC News Channel and Working Lunch.

Having interviewed some of the biggest names in UK and international commerce, covered the key events in business and the markets, and analysed the implications of policy and government, Simon has an insight few can rival. His down-to-earth style, humour, and occasional irreverence, make him perfect for explaining the complexities of economics and industry to both the expert and the layperson alike. 

Peter Wall has recently retired after 40 years in the British Army. He joined the Royal Engineers from Sandhurst in 1974, finishing as the Army’s chief from 2010 to 2014.
Peter has served all over the world, including operational tours in Rhodesia, the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has extensive experience of Whitehall, and the top of Government.
He is co-founder of Amicus, a Jersey based business which specializes in imparting military and commercial leadership expertise, with emphasis on strategic planning and execution, leadership development, and organizational health.
Peter is the president of Combat Stress, the military veterans’ mental health charity, and a director of General Dynamics, the US defence and aerospace corporation. He has played his fair share of sport and follows it avidly.

Dr Andrew McLaughlin was appointed as the CEO of RBS International in July 2015. He was formerly Director, Communications and Chief Economist for RBS. Before joining the bank, he spent three years in corporate finance advisory working with Ernst and Young.
Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Economics and Politics. His 1993 doctoral thesis won the prestigious Walter Bagehot prize for best UK dissertation. Andrew spent several years working in academia before beginning his commercial career. He published a book on the automobile industry in 1998.
He is a member of the University of Nottingham Globalisation and Economic Policy Advisory Board and sits on the CBI Economic Affairs Committee. Andrew was previously a regular commentator in UK print and broadcast media and also a columnist in China Daily, China's leading business newspaper.
Andrew is a member of the University of Nottingham Globalisation and Economic Policy Advisory Board, a member of the Oxford Business School Business Economics Programme and Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Scotland Advisory Council.

Charlie Parker has been Chief Executive Officer of the States of Jersey since January 2018 having been Chief Executive of Westminster City Council from 2013. Here he oversaw the transformation of the Council directing the reorganisation of many council services, reducing costs by £200m and oversaw a successful Ofsted inspection in Tri-Borough Children’s Services, which resulted in the only outstanding rating in the UK. Westminster also achieved the best 2016 GCSE exam results in Inner London. 

Mr Parker’s previous position was Chief Executive at Oldham Council, where he led the council’s transformation from being the worst local authority in 2008 to the most improved in the country in 2012. He brought an estimated £500 million of investment into the town, while introducing innovative service improvements and financial efficiencies of £140 million over a five-year period. 

Before joining Oldham Council, Mr Parker was Director of Investment and Performance at English Partnerships and a member of its Executive Management Board. His other previous posts have included Group Strategic Development Director at Enterprise plc, Executive Director for Regeneration at Liverpool City Council and Head of Manchester Council’s Inner City Department. At Liverpool, he was responsible for delivering the internationally-renowned shopping centre, Liverpool ONE; the Arena entertainment venue; major sporting infrastructure; business parks; and new hospitals.

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Iod Jersey Annual Debate 2018
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17:30 – 22:30
Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society Royal Jersey Showground, La Route de la Trinite, JE3 5JP