GLL Exchange UK 2023
Navigating the Future's Possibilities 

Wednesday 29 November

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Welcome Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
Welcome Remarks from the Co-Chairs
Anna Benckert,
VP & Associate General Counsel, Head of Legal, EMEA, Meta
Oliver Bray, Senior Partner, RPC

1:10 pm - 2:25 pm 
Surviving the 21st Century

Thomas Fletcher CMG, Principal of Hertford College at Oxford University and Former UK Ambassador, Visiting Professor at New York University and No. 10 Foreign Policy Advisor 

2:25 pm - 3:40 pm
Finding the Truth (Speak to Power)

We don’t spot the problem that is hiding in plain sight, why is that? Dealing with the taboo, someone has probably messed up, big time, but you are not sure - how long do you wait before you speak and why bother delaying. Can you deliver difficult messages? Is integrity the hardest quality to criticise - have we lost ethics along the way? How do you build a company that actually builds integrity?
Jeremy Barton, General Counsel, KPMG UK
Rupert Hopley, Company Secretary & Group General Counsel, Informa 
Sheryl Jermyn, General Counsel, Legal & Compliance Director, Telecom Plus 
Sean Roberts, Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer, Imperial Brands 

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee Break

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
The New AI Era

The session will focus on AI and its impact within the businesses General Counsel work for and the role GC's (and their teams) play. The speakers will provide insight on where their businesses are currently using AI; where they are looking to to use it in the future; how the in-house teams are enabling those initiatives; and the many challenges AI brings to each business. 
Natalie Bellwood, Global Head of Employment Law, DXC Technology 
Richard Harris, Chief Legal Officer, Robert Walters Group 
Aine Lyons, SVP & Deputy General Counsel, VMware

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
The Opportunities of the Future 

What happens when the next big startup knocks on your door? Do you jump ship? How do you know when you are ready for the next job (when to leave)? Have you someone to turn to when you are trying to figure out what to do next? How do we talk about ourselves, and how do we learn from one another?

Frances Coats, Group General Counsel, Howden Group 
Chris Hurst, Managing Director, Kingsley Green Recruitment 
Fergus Speight, General Counsel, ZILO 
Jim Trainor,
General Counsel & Compliance Officer for Volkswagen Group UK
Matthew Wilson, General Counsel, Fremantle 

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Champagne Drinks Reception

7:45 pm
Black Tie Gala Dinner

Thursday 30 November

8:30 am - 10:15 am 

10:15 am - 10:30 am
Opening Remarks

Anna Benckert, VP & Associate General Counsel, Head of Legal, EMEA, Meta
Oliver Bray, Senior Partner, RPC

10:30 am - 11:15 am
Pre-Skilling: Preparing Your Team for an Uncertain Future
HBR recently asked how can you develop your team for an unpredictable future when we don’t know what tomorrow's jobs will look like? Technology will not replace everything and how do you provide the human value that remains? This is not just re-skilling or up-skilling but future proofing talent before we even know what we need tomorrow. Future focus capabilities, what qualities are needed in your team?
Amy Barcroft, Deputy General Counsel, Lime
Emma Howes, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Selfridges Group 

Emma Reid, Group Head of Legal, Frasers Group 
Charlie Slingsby, Deputy General Counsel, Twitch, Amazon 
Kelly Thomson, Partner, RPC

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Being the Best GC Version of Yourself - Swap It All for a Day In Power
The co-chairs of the event will encourage you to reflect on the lessons learnt over the past two days to consider how you can be the best GC version of yourself if you had the full freedom to do so. What would you like to change and how can you influence your organisation? A prize will be given to the team who demonstrates the best imagination and creativity! 

Anna Benckert, VP & Associate General Counsel, Head of Legal, EMEA, Meta
Oliver Bray, Senior Partner, RPC

12:00 pm
Farewell Lunch