Institute for Government Director set to headline Speaker Series event

Jun 19, 2019

Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government and former Foreign Editor for The Times, is set to headline the next Mayflower 400 Speaker Series event, sponsored by transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), at the Southampton Harbour Hotel on Thursday, June 20.

The event is the second speaker event in a series of seven to take place over a two-year period that will commemorate the Mayflower's 400th year anniversary and the importance of the transatlantic relationship between the UK and the US.

Jon Hales, Head of the Southampton office at WBD, said: "We are really looking forward to welcoming Bronwen to Southampton to headline our next business leaders event. With access to key figures across business, politics and leadership, Bronwen has built a reputation for informed, original insights and I'm sure it will be a fascinating evening for all of our guests.”

Bronwen is set to deliver a talk surrounding the future of western democracy and the relationship between the UK and US in terms of political ties, trade links and general relationships. She will pay particular attention to freedoms, and how they drive and shape our world today.

Bronwen Maddox

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be supporting the Mayflower 400 Speaker Series and be part of an event where business leaders will explore how business might further work, linked with the anniversary, to develop more transatlantic business opportunities.

“Shaping the future relationship with the United States is not just the responsibility of the government. There will also be significant influence from businesses who span the Atlantic, such as WBD and as a result, it’s never been more important that we continue to build and sustain communities and partnerships that will strengthen our economy.”

Charles Hackett, CEO Mayflower 400, said: “The Pilgrims made a life-changing journey on the Mayflower with trade as a key part of building their future. Much has happened with British and American trade relations over the last 400 years. This event will create the perfect platform for us to examine how that might further evolve in the future at this important time in our history from a future business perspective.”

This Mayflower 400 commemoration sits at the very heart of the special relationship between Britain and the US. The official programme in 2020 will comprise more than 400 events spanning four Nations – Britain, US, Netherlands and Wampanoag – and is anticipated to yield a significant £440m impact on the business turnover across the UK Mayflower Compact destinations.

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