Breakfast Roundtable: Addressing Global Political Risk

Ellwood Atfield and the Public Affairs Council will be hosting a roundtable breakfast event surrounding the topic of political risk and the impact it has on businesses.

We will be discussing how FTSE businesses plan to address the unprecedented public policy challenges resulting from the UK’s recent plebiscites; Europe as it navigates through Brexit and develops a new identity; and wider global concerns from legal decisions to a Trump presidency.

John Dickie, Director of Strategy & Policy at London First, will start the discussion by considering the UK political scene and the impact of Brexit. Chloe MacEwen, Vice President of Western Union, will then be providing us with the key international insights alongside Doug Pinkham, President of the Public Affairs Council.

more about the speakers

Doug Pinkham, President, Public Affairs Council

Doug Pinkham is president of the Public Affairs Council, the leading international association for public affairs professionals. Doug is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. He serves on the board of the Institute for Public Relations, previously serving on the International Advisory Board of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. He is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, an association of senior-level corporate communications executives.

John Dickie, Director of Strategy & Policy, London First

John is responsible for the business membership organisation’s public policy development and its member management team. A former Deputy Leader of Camden Council in London, John was a member of the current Mayor of London’s London Finance Commission, the previous Mayor’s Infrastructure Delivery Board, and is a member of the King’s College Commission in London.

His previous senior roles include Head of Corporate Affairs at the BBC, Regulatory Affairs Director at the European Competitive Telecommunications Association, and Managing Director of consultancy Prima Europe, later GPC London, where he provided political and policy advice to major international businesses. John started his career at Swiss Bank Corporation International and has degrees from Oxford University and the London Business School.

Chloe MacEwen, Vice President, Western Union

Chloe MacEwen is Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs at Western Union where she leads the company’s engagement with European Union Institutions and advises senior leaders on forthcoming changes to EU public policy and regulatory matters.  Chloe also represents Western Union on several EU trade bodies and professional associations.

Chloe spent ten years working in UK government at the Office of Fair Trading where she was Assistant Director, Mergers, the Competition Commission where she was Director of Policy and in the Competition Directorate of the European Commission where she served as a National Expert in the Mergers Policy and strategic support unit.  After that she moved to Lloyds Banking Group where she held the roles of Head of Competition and Head of International Policy.

Chloe holds a LLB and LLM from King’s College London and is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales (1998).


Date: Tuesday 12th September 2017
Time: 8:00am – 9:30am
Venue: ellwood atfield gallery, 34 Smith Square, Westminster, SW1P 3HL

This is an invitation only event. Please register your interest with Nicola at

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