Sheffield City Region: International Perspectives & Ambitions Post-Brexit

Date: 26 Mar 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The British Foreign Policy Group is proud to partner with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UBS Wealth Management and Sheffield City Council to host Sheffield City Region: International Perspectives & Ambitions in a post-Brexit world.

This event will connect local and national perspectives from economic, arts and culture, NGO and manufacturing sectors to assess how Sheffield and the region can balance its soft power and economic capabilities post Brexit. Sat at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, Sheffield has a globally established reputation as a centre for trade and commerce. Post-Brexit, utilising the soft-power assets such as those possessed by Sheffield will be crucial in sustaining regional well-being.

How can Sheffield and the wider region capitalise on this proven track record to articulate the region’s aspirations, in trade, culture and ideas, to the rest of the world?

This event is part of a programme of national engagement events being hosted around the UK to build better national understanding of different cities and regions’ international perspectives, and how the UK government, led by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, can better support and enable the growing international aspirations and profile of UK cities, regions and nations in a time of significant global change.

This event will:

  • Assess the scope of challenges that the city of Sheffield and the wider region may face post Brexit.
  • Reveal how partnerships between Sheffield’s public and private sectors could help to boost the city’s international profile.
  • Examine how Sheffield can maximise its soft power capabilities, to boost the UK’s profile across the world.
  • Explore how Sheffield’s diverse civil society could generate a better understanding of foreign policy matters.

Order of events

Welcome: Tom Cargill, CEO, The British Foreign Policy Group

Keynote Speaker: Dean Turner, UBS Wealth Management

Panel 1 – The Global Trends shaping Sheffield’s future

This panel will look at why it is becoming more important for cities and regions such as Sheffield to think globally again, and how this fits into wider UK thinking on international issues such as trade, diplomacy and security.


  • Dean Turner, UBS
  • Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Kate Skarsten, Economic Counsellor, The U.S Embassy
  • Caroline Cooper Charles, Film Producer and Strategic Development Executive, Screen Yorkshire

Panel 2 – How should Sheffield Respond?

Taking Sheffield’s current international plans as a starting point, this session will look at what more needs to be done and how the UK government might more effectively support the city and regions ambitions in years to come.


  • Kathy McArdle, Head of UK Regions, British Council, Chair
  • Richard Wright, Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Bates, CEO, Sheffield Theatres
  • Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth, Sheffield City Council
  • Gordon Macrae, Special Projects Manager, Gripple Ltd
  • Neil Cleverley, Head of International Growth, Twinkl

Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council will provide closing remarks.

A complimentary breakfast and refreshments will be served and ample free parking is available at Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

Event Partners


Location: The Source Skills Academy

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