The Federation of International Associations in Belgium (FAIB) and the Association Leadership Academy are delighted to invite you to a jointly hosted info-debate on “Brexit for Associations”.
This is our third event focused on Brexit for Associations, Professional Societies, NGOs and other complex organisations. The debate had moved on since our last Brexit event in October 2016 and the landscape is becoming more defined. The UK’s Prime Minister has also stated that “no deal is better than a bad deal”. This could mean yet more uncertainty for businesses, especially for businesses that cannot gain an EU wide perspective. Associations provide an ideal platform for information gathering and better understanding of the negotiating priorities of the EU’s other 27 Member States.
Our speakers will provide insight into how to address the opportunities and challenges offered by this unprecedented course of events. Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce will inform attendees about the activities undertaken by the UK business sector, and Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime, will share how he has structured his association to anticipate and deal with issues arising from this context. Finally, Mark Watts will discuss the political perspective of Brexit, as a former MEP and current leader of a UK association, active in Brussels.
When: Tuesday 18 April, from 1200 to 1400, light lunch included
Where: The Press Club, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels
This event is free of charge. To register or for more information, please email email@example.com.
Co-ordinator of UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE)
Mark has been co-ordinator of UKTiE for the past eight years. UKTiE is a Brussels based trade association, representing twelve of Britain’s leading transport organisations and companies.
Mark was a British Member of the European Parliament for ten years. He is an expert in EU policy and regulation and has helped major regulators, trade associations, companies, governments and parliaments navigate the EU to protect their interests, raise their profile, enhance their reputation and extend their influence.
Mark was a member of a number of European Parliamentary Committees. He was UK Labour Transport and Tourism Spokesperson from 1995-2004 and was a key architect of a number of EU laws. He was appointed by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as an advisor to the UK’s Cabinet Office on better regulation and enhancing Britain’s influence in the EU.
Chief Executive of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
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 his 20 years’ experience in Brussels, Glenn has advised regional development agencies, scientific organisations 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.
Director General of Orgalime
Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 40 trade federations representing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking & metal articles industries of 23 European countries. The industry employs some 10.9 million people in the EU and in 2015 accounted for more than €1,900 billion of annual output. The industry accounts for over a quarter of manufacturing output and a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.
Before joining Orgalime in 1996, Adrian Harris worked for 20 years for a number of general contractors for the construction of complete plants, essentially in the agro-industrial and beverage area.
Adrian Harris was born in 1952 and graduated with an M.A. in languages from Jesus College, Oxford University and an MBA (finance) from the University of Leuven.
Orgalime is a member of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI), of which Adrian Harris was Chairman (2012-2013) and at present he is a Board member of the Federation of European and International Associations established in Belgium (FAIB).
Written by Dr. Rachel Barlow, Adviser
Rachel leads on executive search assignments for associations and NGOs. As a former Vice President of Kellen Europe, Rachel’s 20 year career has centred on the optimal interest representation of complex organisations towards decision making authorities.
Picture by: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/PA Images. Molly, a British Bulldog cools off with some water as she takes a walk in Middlesbrough.