Brexit & Associations: EU & UK perspectives

Whichever way the UK referendum vote on EU membership goes, things will not be the same…

What does this mean for EU associations, professional societies and their UK based counterparts?  

You will hear a recap of the main Remain or Out arguments and gain early insights to help steer any response business associations, professional societies and other complex organisations will have to this unique debate.

With the corporate sector already briefing business units on the EU referendum, it is critical that association practitioners be provided a platform to discuss the potential consequences of either decision.

What changes can be expected? What do they entail regarding mutual recognition of standards or certification? How is this likely to impact your association? What are the implications from an operational viewpoint? How are your UK based stakeholders preparing for the event? What strategic planning can you undertake to face the future?

event format

Glenn Vaughn, CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce to Belgium, will set the scene from the Brussels perspective of UK interests. He will bring participants up to speed on the process of the main negotiated changes and provide insight into how UK organisations operating in Belgium are preparing for the referendum results.

We will be joined by Anthony Murphy, Board member of the Trade Association Forum, London, who will act as respondent to Glenn Vaughn and provide participants with the view point of the UK association sector.

Both the Brussels and UK association sector perspectives represented at this unique event. You will be actively encouraged to add to the debate and share knowledge and planning priorities!

This session is kindly hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce.

speaker biographies

Glenn Vaughn

As Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium since 2008, Glenn has focused on driving value-added for member companies. As a result, the chamber has grown consistently to become a leading network for international business, and multiple award winner. He works with major international companies and senior decision makers on policies affecting the environment for business, as well as helping to grow British-Belgian-European business, trade and investment.

During 20 years’ experience in Brussels, Glenn has advised regional development agencies, scientific organizations and businesses on EU policy and funding. He was part of the small Brussels team that successfully lobbied for €2bn EU funding for Wales and was later MD of the Brussels-based Welsh representation until 2005.


Anthony MurphyAnthony joined the UK Civil Service in 1992 after sixteen years in the manufacturing sector, much of which time he spent living and working overseas, in particular in the Middle East and South East Asia. As an Associate Director of the De La Rue Company plc he was responsible for positioning the world’s largest commercial banknote printer in newly created and often turbulent markets in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. His work has taken him to more than seventy countries around the world.
Early experiences in the Civil Service included taking responsibility within what was then the DTI for the UK industrial minerals sector; co-authoring an influential cross-Government report on the need to roll back European regulation; and being a founder member of the Deregulation Unit. He served on secondment to the FCO in the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels, where he was responsible for the industry and competition portfolios. Following a spell working on international trade policy he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service in 1999, becoming the Government’s Director of Copyright and then Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation.

From 2003 to 2005 he returned to a European policy role as Director of European Strategy, leading the development of the economic strand in the 2005 UK Presidency of the EU.
After 2005 Anthony’s responsibilities in DTI and its successors (BERR and BIS) have included developing policy on the retail and business and professional services sectors, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, public procurement and the economic legacy of the London 2012 Games. From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the Steering Group of the Trade Association Forum.

Anthony retired from the Civil Service in October 2010 in order to concentrate on his ‘extra-curricular’ interests in the disability employment agenda, education in East Africa, and the evolution of the Big Society. He has written and lectured extensively on such topics as intellectual property, negotiating in China and other Asian markets, European economic reform, harvesting the economic fruits of the Olympic Games, and the leadership and management of change.

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