Post-Brexit Brainstorming – InnovateUK and Harlyn Research

In a very special networking evening, Chiltern Chamber will be joined by Dr Nick Appleyard, Deputy Director for Government Partnerships at InnovateUK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), and Simon Goodfellow, Owner and CIO of Harlyn Research LLP.

Both speakers are extremely well qualified to offer perspectives on the BREXIT scenario in the real economy and the financial markets. How should businesses proceed in the short to medium term? What opportunities are available? What else is in flux at present due to last year’s change of government? What should we hope/expect the Government and Civil Service to be doing on our behalf? What are the financial markets telling us? The list goes on, and we can all speculate together…

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This meeting complements our BREXIT breakfast with Steve Baker MP. Both meetings are open to Chamber members and non-members, and are free, but we would ask people to register to help us with administration.

Our Speakers:

Nick Appleyard Innovate UKNick Appleyard is Innovate UK‘s Deputy Director for Government Partnerships. He is responsible for aligning innovation strategy with other business-facing activity across government, helping public sector organisations to work in collaboration with Innovate UK. His current focus is on strengthening Innovate UK’s links in the regions.

Nick began his career in the physics lab, then applied this to develop equipment and processes in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Nick joined the new Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) in 2007 as Lead Technologist for Electronics, Photonics and Electrical Systems. He established and headed the Digital Economy team, supporting UK businesses through the hectic transformations that digital technology brings to businesses, as they use digital technology to develop a new relationship with their customers and radically transform their business methods.

Nick joined the boards of the Digital Catapult, who collaborate to unlock and accelerate innovation in the use of data, and of Tinder Foundation whose UK Online Centres and Learn My Way programmes ensure that nobody in the UK population is excluded from the digital economy.

Nick’s current role spans industry sectors, and looks at the government’s relationship with innovating businesses as a whole. Innovate UK’s support for product development and new business practices links to the policy priorities of central government and the devolved responsibilities of local government. Nick’s aim is to simplify this for businesses and make it easier for them to access the available support.

Everything can be connected. Nick is now working to make those connections.

goodfellow_oilSimon Goodfellow has over 30 years’ experience in financial and investment markets. He founded Harlyn Research in 2010, and has pioneered a probability-based methodology for analysing financial markets. He is a regular contributor to business programmes on Bloomberg TV and CNN. One of his more memorable calls in the past couple of years was that oil would trade at below $50/bbl, at a time when many commentators were talking of $150!

Immediately before Harlyn Research, Simon was head of equity strategy and quant at ING Financial Markets. Previous firms include ING Barings, Baring Securities, CSFB and Wood Mackenzie, and previous roles include: local head of research for BHF Bank in Frankfurt; global head of sector (construction and building materials) and a number one-rated UK small cap analyst (Extel 1990).