GREAT Global Investment Conference



08:00 - 08:50

Venue opens for showcase browsing, networking and refreshments


Walk into the Long Gallery

08:50 - 09:00


Gabby Logan Introductory Words and Welcome

09:00 - 09:05


Opening Remarks

09:05 - 09:15

Speaker: The Rt Hon. Lord Maude of Horsham


Keynote Address

09:15 - 09:30

Speaker: VVIP Cabinet Minister


VT Message from High Profile COO

09:30 - 09:35


Championing Great Design in Future Strategy

09:35 - 10:20

Interview and showcase featuring six success stories from the worlds of design and technology.

Facilitator: Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, Founders Forum

Panellists: Azmat Yusuf, Founder, Citymapper

Ed Wray, Non-Executive Director, Funding Circle (TBC)

Steve Spencer, Blippar, Founder

Herman Narula, Founder, Improbable

Tom Doust, Director, Pop up Parks

Katie Cannon, Head of Sales, Sugru


Refreshment Break and Networking

10:20 - 10:50


In Conversation with

10:50 - 11:50

Sir John Sorrell interviews High Profile British Designer      

Hear from a British designer who uses the creative process to make the ordinary; extraordinary.


The Business of Rugby

11:50 - 12:35

Speakers: Gabby Logan interviews Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive, RFU & Bill Beaumont, Chair, RFU


Networking Lunch

12:35 - 13:55


Panel 1: UK Entrepreneurial Case Studies from Tech and Creative Sectors

13:55 - 14:35

Hear from some of the brightest and best entrepreneurial businesses in the tech and creative industries and how they are developing and growing global brands from the UK.

Facilitator: Brent Hoberman, Founder, Founders Forum

Panellists: Kathryn Parsons, CEO, Decoded

Andrew Fisher, Executive Chairman, Shazam

Mike McGee, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Framestore

Jamal Edwards, Creator, SBTV


Panel 2: UK - The Global Centre for Innovation

14:35 - 15:15

Hear directly from some of the world’s most successful automotive and aerospace manufacturers and brands on how a design-led strategy drives innovation, productivity and growth.

Facilitator: John Mathers, CEO, Design Council  

Panellists: Dr Caroline Hargrove, Technical Director, McLaren Applied Technologies

Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin

Paul Stein, Chief Scientific Officer, Rolls Royce

Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings


Refreshment Break and Networking

15:15 - 15:45


Entrepreneurship - Fortune Favours the Bold

15:45 - 16:30

Speaker: Gabby Logan in conversation with a Celebrity Entrepreneur

Hear from a global entrepreneur about building his brand, why he is moving into tech and supporting start-ups in partnership with Founders Forum.


Keynote Address

16:30 - 16:50

VVIP Cabinet Minister with Q&A


Closing Remarks and Conference Close

16:50 - 17:00

Speaker: Gabby Logan


Networking Drinks Reception hosted by Design Council

17:00 - 18:00

To coincide with Design Council’s 70th Anniversary