Next Dinner Date: Thursday 5th December 2013

Guest Speakers 2013

Guest Speaker - 21 March 2013


Roger Nightingale, Economist, Roger Nightingale & Associates

A well known commentator on the global economy, Roger is a frequent guest on TV networks, such as Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox News and CNN. Additionally, he writes regularly for a number of newspapers, magazines and in-house periodicals.

Educated at Keele University and University College London (primarily as a mathematician), he worked for the first twenty years of his career at Hoare Govett-starting as a research economist and ending as a member of the main board. In 1988, he set up an independent consultancy, serving investment clients around the world. A non-executive director of a number of financial companies, Roger is a specialist consultant to a wide variety of fund managers.

His outside interests are eclectic. He's a keen observer (no longer a player) of cricket and rugby and an enthusiastic listener to (not a player of) Mozart. He reads widely, particularly European history; and he collects dictionaries, particularly early editions.

Guest Speaker - 27 June 2013


Nathan Lonsdale, Partner, Spacelab

Nathan is a founding Partner at workplace design and consultancy specialists, Spacelab. For over a decade his practice has pioneered workplace analysis and new ways of working as practitioners at the forefront of modern workplace design. Spacelab's approach to understanding workplaces is grounded in thorough and rigorous research. In conjunction with UCL they have developed unique analysis techniques and software to provide new levels of insight into the spatial and social organisation of businesses.

As an architect and project director at Spacelab, Nathan's vision and leadership has seen the practice grow from strength to strength, building a loyal client base of respected brands such as Virgin, Emap and WPP. Nathan is an advocate of flexible working - he has been instrumental in introducing new ways of working to a range of businesses, responding to advances in technology and the rise of knowledge work. Recent accolades have included winning the National BCO Award for Virgin Money's Headquarters in Edinburgh and achieving a Top 10 ranking in The Telegraph's Coolest Offices.

Guest Speaker -  26 September 2013


Ian Foddering, CTO, UK and Ireland, Cisco Systems

Ian Foddering is the Chief Technology Officer and Technical Director for Cisco in the UK and Ireland. Together with his technical teams, his key objective is to work with Cisco's Customers and Partners to articulate how Cisco's architectures, solutions and innovation can be applied to drive business transformation.

Ian was also the technical lead spokesperson for Cisco around their role as the Official Network Infrastructure Supporter to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and continues to be a core member of the British Innovation Gateway programme, Cisco's 5 year plan to create a legacy around the Games, driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the UK.

Ian has a passion for technology, and the positive impact it has on society, fervently believing we are still only at the being of what is possible with respect to the power of Internet. To support this, Ian regularly talks about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in education and it's standing for the long-term sustainability of the industry and the UK, as well as being a governor at the Hackney University Technical College.


Guest Speaker - 5 December 2013


George Buckley, Chief UK Economist, Deutsche Bank

George Buckley is Deutsche Bank's Chief UK Economist, also covering Scandinavian economies and Switzerland. He has 14 years experience as an analyst at Deutsche Bank having joined in 1998, following the completion of his PhD in the area of the housing and mortgage markets at the University of Bristol. While at Bristol George lectured and taught undergraduate tutorials in macroeconomics. He holds an MSc in Economics and Finance, also from the University of Bristol, and a BA in Economics from the University of Wales, Bangor.

George has recently published a book on economics (What You Need to Know About Economics, Capstone, 2011) and won the Society of Business Economists' annual Rybzcynski Prize for an essay on spare capacity.




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