EVENT 10th May: (Exeter) ‘Post Brexit, Does Devon need an International Vision?’

Thursday 10th May 2018, 9:15-13:45
Streatham Court A
University of Exeter Business School, EX4 4PU



The British Foreign Policy Group is co-hosting the event, “Post Brexit, Does Devon need an International Vision” in association with the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter on Friday 10th May from 9.30am.

This event is part of the BFPG’s National Engagement Programme, a nationwide series of events which aim to generate greater public discussion about the UK’s international position and choices.

This event will bring expert panels of speakers from across the UK and the region together with a diverse audience to address particular issues around Brexit and Devon’s international prosperity, influence, and security and why/how that affects us in the UK.

Confirmed speakers:

Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter

Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire, MP for East Devon, Former Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Romilly Greenhill, UK Director, The ONE Campaign

Edward Hobart, Director of Estates and Security, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Myles Wickstead CBE, Former Diplomat, Associate Professor at the University of Exeter, Non-Executive Director at Development Initiatives

Linda Middleton- Jones, Director, Devon Chamber of Commerce

Alistair Handyside, Chair, SW Tourism Alliance

Imy Kirwan, BFPG Student Ambassador

More tbc



9.15- 9.30: Refreshments

9.30- 9.45: Keynote speech

10.00-11.30: Panel 1

11.30- 11.45: Refreshments break

11.45- 13.15: Panel 2

13.15- 13.45: Lunch


BFPG’s National Engagement Programme

The aim of this programme is to generate greater public discussion about the UK’s international position and choices. Through this process, the BFPG also intends to address growing public distrust and cynicism around UK foreign policy and our capacity to address critical international challenges.

The programme will consist of a series of events and activities across all of the UK designed to provoke discussion and interest amongst different groups on key foreign policy issues. By doing so it will enable UK citizens to better draw a connection between UK foreign policy decisions and their own lives and wellbeing. The project will also seek to help people across the UK appreciate that they have a voice and role to play in UK foreign policy decision making, along with a recognition of the consequences, both at home and abroad, of the decisions made in their name. The project will build a series of networks across the UK of citizens actively engaged on foreign policy issues, making their voices heard at local and national level with regards to how UK foreign policy choices impact the world, our country and their own communities.

The BFPG aims to provide the spark for active and positive engagement as well as the support and encouragement for this engagement to be continued.

To view the event summary for a previous BFPG event in Leeds, click here.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
Tom Cargill

Tom Cargill is Executive Director of the British Foreign Policy Group. He has worked in various roles in the public, private and NGO sectors, including at the charity for children in care Believe, as well as 10 years at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) followed by 4 years at the engineering, procurement and construction multinational Bechtel. He is the author of numerous reports, chapters and articles on international and foreign policy issues.