Trade & Policy Committee

John Dickerman, The CBI - Co-Chair

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Jennifer Taylor Hodges, BT - Co Chair
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BABA Trade & Policy Committee

About BABA’s Trade and Policy Committee:

The BABA Trade and Policy Committee provides a forum for identifying, discussing, and promoting policy issues of importance to our members and to the US and UK more broadly. We work closely with the British Embassy in Washington, US government partners, our member companies and other associations to deliver high quality programs that address timely and important issues around the bilateral relationship. As the UK seeks to redefine its external commercial arrangements leaving the EU, BABA and the Trade and Policy Committee will strive to play a critical role in discussions around the future of the UK-US economic partnership, trade with Europe, and policy issues critical to businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Past Committee Efforts

The British Ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch, hosted a a series of Embassy-BABA Policy Breakfast meetings over recent years. As an example from one of them:

Policy Breakfast photocropped

From left to right:
Frank Ruggerio, BAE Systems; John Dickerman, CBI; Jennifer Taylor-Hodges, BT; Michele Lynch, Google; Michael Masse, HSBC; Anne Collett, British Embassy; Linda Menghetti Dempsey, NAM; Eamonn Cooney,President, BABA; Sir Kim Darroch, British Ambassador; Julie Sutton, Cobham; Beth Mersch, Northrop Grumman; Richard Turner, British Embassy; Charles Borden, Allen & Overy; Rich Buckley, Astra Zeneca; Mark Herlach, Eversheds Sutherland; Kimberley Claman, Citi Group; Mark Kent, British Embassy; Steve McCarthy, British Emabssy; Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel, Lockheed Martin

Statements - In 2014, the Committee issued a policy position paper on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In 2015, the Committee circulated a letter to Congressional offices in support of Trade Promotion Authority.

Since the Committee was launched in spring 2014, we have held a number of events on trade and other policy issues. Among others, our list of programs to date includes:

  • Trade Talks and the Future of the U.S. - UK Relationship
  • Breakfast on the Status of CFIUS
  • Chaos in Westminster? UK Politics Update and Roundtable Discussion
  • "Strengthening the Transatlantic Economy: Perspectives from the UK and US" 
  • EU-US Trade Discussion with UK All-Party Parliamentary Group 
  • Post-Brexit UK Politics Breakfast Discussion

Past Event Speakers

The Committee has heard from and shared our views with a range of distinguished guest speakers including:

• Ambassador Carla Hills, Former US Trade Representative, Ambassador Carla Hills
• Ambassador Marisa Lino, Corporate Director, Government Relations, Northrop Grumman Corporation
• Angus Lapsley, Director, UK Cabinet Office European and Global Issues Secretariat
• Annie Crawford, Confederation of British Embassy
• Dan Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, CATO Institute
• James Kariuki, Counsellor, Head of Global and Economic Policy Group, British Embassy
• John Dickerman, Head of Washington Office, Confederation of British Industry
• Jon Sopel, North America Editor, BBC
• Kara Sutton, US Chamber of Commerce
• Members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
• Thomas Whitehead, Senior Trade Policy Advisor, British Embassy
• Tim Bennett, Director-General/CEO, TransAtlantic Business Council

The current members of the Trade & Policy Committee are as follows:

Barclays Michael McLean
BMW Bryan Jacobs
British Embasy Anne Collett
BT Jennifer Taylor Hodges
The CBI John Dickerman
The CBI John Bleed
Eversheds Sutherland Mark Herlach
Google Nicholas Bramble
Google David Weller
Holland & Knight Charles Borden
HSBC Monique Frazier
JLR Chris Marchand
National Grid Emily Duncan
Smith & Nephew Rachel Alexander
UPS Dontai Smalls

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