The challenge of … Brexit: How we got here, and where we might end up 

Wednesday 21st February 2018 11:45am – 13:00pm

Manchester Lecture Theatre, All Saints Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BH

‘The challenge of’ series of lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University are a unique opportunity to hear from leading policy practitioners on the urgent and important challenges of our time.

Utilising the experiences and networks of our senior team, including our Chancellor Lord Mandelson, the lectures and discussions that follow are intended to bring together ideas and people who can shape policy solutions.

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Speaker: Sir Andrew Cahn

Chair: Lord Mandelson

Sir Andrew Cahn spent most of his career in public service, in the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Agriculture, and three times working in the European Institutions in Brussels. In the 1980s, he was part of the Cabinet of Lord Cockfield which created the EU Single Market. In 1997, he was Chef de Cabinet (Chief of Staff) to Neil Kinnock, Vice President of the Commission and prepared the blueprint for reforming the European Commission. In the 1990s, Sir Andrew worked at the heart of the British government in the Cabinet Office, first as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, William Waldegrave, then as Deputy Head of the European Secretariat.

After a period in industry, he became CEO of UK Trade & Investment. He worked closely with three successive Prime Ministers, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Andrew served on the Boards of the Foreign Office and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.  In 2011, Andrew retired from government service and became Vice Chairman of Nomura International. He is also a Board member of Lloyd’s of London and Huawei Technologies (UK).

Sir Andrew is Chair of the Board of Trustees of WWF-UK and a Trustee of the Institute for Government. He has also been a Trustee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation for 20 years. He is also an Association Member of BUPA. He was a Trustee of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew from 2002 to 2008.

Sir Andrew Cahn and Lord Mandelson faced many challenges in their time in the civil service and in government, but none quite like Brexit.

Now, on a daily basis, we are reminded of quite how much Brexit dominates public debate and the capacity of government. The scale of the task of renegotiation of treaties, trade agreements and legal frameworks has been thrown at system.

This is the first in a series of lectures on major challenges that face society, hosted by MetroPolis, our research-led policy think tank. As a former senior civil servant and head of UK Trade and Investment, Sir Andrew has a uniquely well-formed view on the international context for whatever comes next.

The event will be chaired by Lord Mandelson, Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University and a former Business Secretary and European Commissioner.

MetroPolis is an academically led think-tank interested in a wider range of regional, national and international social and economic policies. It connects practitioners, academics and policymakers to help academics maximize the impact of their research.

11.45 – 12.00      Arrival and welcome (Manchester Lecture Theatre, All Saints, M15 6BH)

12.00 – 13.00      Sir Andrew’s lecture followed by a discussion chaired by Lord Mandelson

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