Brexit Breakfast – ‘Question Time’ Style

Date: 7 Feb 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

This is your opportunity to put forward your questions to our panel of experts in this Brexit ‘Question Time’ open breakfast forum an event co-hosted by Shorts, NatWest and Banner Jones Solicitors.

You will have the opportunity to email us before the event with your questions and we will pick the best ones for discussion on the day.

Our panel of experts is chaired by David Grey MBE Executive Chairman of the OSL Group Holdings Ltd. Panelists include individuals with expert knowledge in economics, business and politics. Panelists confirmed to date are Philip Bartlett, Tony Pedder OBE, Natascha Engel and Craig McKay

Places are offered on a first come first serve basis.


  • 8.00am refreshments and Networking
  • 8.30am start, introductory remarks from Phillip Bartlett followed by panel discussion
  • 10.00am Q&A to close


Panel chairman – David Grey

Executive Chairman of OSL Group Holdings Ltd

At the age of 17 David formed a mobile disco business and then later supplemented that by working as a DJ in Sheffield nightclubs. David set up his first limited company at the age of 23 with a £1,000 loan from his mother and a similar loan from Barclays Bank. He has built up his business, by acquisition and organic growth, to a group of manufacturing companies exporting to over 60 countries. He has been a council member of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Director of Business Link and Chairman of the Business Community Partnership. He was a board member of the Sheffield First Partnership and Chairman of Sheffield First for Investment.

David has also served as a governor of Mansell School, a primary school in a deprived area of the city. He was asked to join the governing body after the school failed its Ofsted inspection. The school was successfully inspected some 16 months later and passed out of special measures.

In 2006, he led a bid to win a £26million grant from central government to encourage entrepreneurship in Sheffield and served as Chairman of the Local Economy Board tasked with delivering the programme. He has Chaired the Big Challenge, an entrepreneur programme delivered across all Sheffield secondary schools for the last ten years.

He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his services to industry and regeneration in Sheffield. He has served for 5 years on the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board with specific responsibility for inward investment and business growth.

In 2013 he led a bid for £32 millions of RGF funding, on behalf of the Sheffield City Region which led onto a further £50 millions of investment funding and he currently chairs the Board overseeing the investment programme.

He was installed as Master Cutler for the year 2014-15 and is currently the Chairman of Sheffield City Trust. He is also a Non Exec Director for a number of manufacturing businesses

He counts skiing, scuba diving, football and motor racing and sailing as hobbies. He has a private pilot’s licence and a Piper Saratoga aircraft based at Gamston Airport


Philip Barlett

Senior Economist for RBS Strategy, Economics and Corporate Development team

Philip Bartlett is currently the senior economist in the RBS Strategy Economics and Corporate Development team. He focusses on helping the bank, and their customers to navigate the economic environment.

Philip spent four years as the senior economist for the HM Treasury advising successive Chancellors and Chief Secretaries to the Treasury on development of public policies for Budget and Autumn Statement, with particular focus on analysis of housing markets and regional/local growth performance.

Philip also spent two years as head of Annually Managed Expenditure Control, HM Treasury where he set and implemented departmental budget settlements for areas of public expenditure including welfare, tax credits and EU payments. He worked closely with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) and international organisations like International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to produce economic and fiscal forecasts.

Between 2009 and 2012 Philip Bartlet was an economic advisor at the Ministry for Housing and Local Government. In this position he led an economic analysis of reforms to housing and planning system under Coalition government.

After graduating with an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh he joined the civil Joined Civil Service Fast Stream as an Assistant Economist, in the Department for Transport.

Tony Pedder OBE DL

Director of Metalysis Ltd. and Director of EEF Ltd.

Tony Pedder is an experienced industrialist and Board Member, having been involved in senior roles in the manufacturing sector for over 40 years. His executive career was at FTSE100 company British Steel/Corus plc where he spent over 30 years, retiring in 2003 as Group CEO.

He has subsequently undertaken a number of non-executive roles and has recently retired from Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd. after 12 years as Chair. Other former non-executive roles include Chair of Business Link Yorkshire and Directorships with Sheffield Theatres Trust and Renaissance South Yorkshire.

Today his roles include Director of Rotherham-based Metalysis Ltd., Director of EEF Ltd., Chair of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council of Sheffield University.

He was Master Cutler in the year to October 2014.

Craig McKay

CEO of Evernort Sheffield and Alexander Cromley Birmingham

Craig McKay is CEO of a small engineering group consisting of Evenort Ltd Sheffield and Alexander Comley Ltd Birmingham, both are manufacturers of stainless-steel flanges and pressure retaining parts for process industries.

Craig has a range of community positions within the Sheffield City region and was Master of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire 2015/2016.

In addition to his involvement with The Cutlers Company, Craig also sits on the Industrial Advisory board of Sheffield Hallam University.

He is also Trustee of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, Director of The International Trade Forum and a Guardian of Sheffield Assay Office.

Natascha Engel

Government’s Commissioner for Shale Gas and former MP

Natascha Engel currently works as the Government’s Commissioner for Shale Gas. She was previously Labour Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

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Location: Proact Stadium

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