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Register for the BTHA AGM & Industry Day 2019

Event Information

Great Fosters Hotel
Stroude Road
TW20 9UR
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
9am – 3pm
£50 – first ticket
£25 subsequent tickets // *subject to availability
Refreshment breaks including tea/coffee/soft drinks/pastries

Lunch – hot buffet

Please note that members are initially limited to one ticket each and then, subject to availability, members who wish to bring colleagues and/or guests will be contacted with the offer of additional tickets.

You can of course state on the form your ideal number of tickets.  Allocation will take place from Monday 20th May 2019.



The Rt Hon. Kenneth Clarke QC MP

The Rt. Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC MP has been described by the media as a ‘Big Beast’ of British politics, having served in the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and minister without portfolio.

He has been the President of the Tory Reform Group since 1997 and, opposing Brexit, was the only Conservative MP to vote against leaving the European Union in the 2016 Referendum. Ken Clarke is President of the Conservative Europe Group, Co-President of the pro-EU body British Influence and Vice-President of the European Movement UK

Clarke was elected Conservative MP for Rushcliffe at the 1970 General Election, and after a succession of appointments in and out of government, he was made Minister for Health in March 1982. He is a barrister-at-law, having been called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1963 and became QC in l980. In the New Year Honours List of 1984 he was appointed a Privy Counsellor.

In September 1985, Kenneth Clarke was appointed to the Cabinet as Paymaster General and Minister for Employment. He was then appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for Trade and Industry following the June 1987 General Election.

The late eighties and early nineties saw Ken Clarke rise through the political ranks. From July 1988 to November 1990 he was Secretary of State for Health, and then took over as Secretary of State for Education and Science, until April 1992 when he landed the post of Secretary of State for the Home Office. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from May 1993 until the General Election in May 1997, when the Conservatives were defeated by New Labour under Tony Blair.

Ken Clarke is one of only five ministers to serve throughout the whole 18 years of the Governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, which represents the longest uninterrupted Ministerial service in Britain since Lord Palmerston in the early 19th century. He returned to government in 2010 and his total time as a minister is the fifth-longest in the modern era; having spent over 20 years serving under Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron.

Kenneth Clarke chairs the Conservative Party’s democracy taskforce and has held various positions in the business world, including Deputy Chairman and a Director of British American Tobacco Plc (1998-2007), Deputy Chairman of Alliance Unichem Plc, Chairman (non-executive) of Unichem, Director (non-executive) of Independent News and Media (UK) and Director of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust.

In 2016 he published his memoirs, “Kind of Blue: A Political Memoir”.

Don Williams, Partner, Retail, KPMG

Don has over 25 years of experience of advising clients in the retail sector initially as an audit partner and National Head of Sector at BDO. His clients are, predominantly, private (family) or private equity owned and focused on managed growth to maximise shareholder value.

Don joined KPMG in late 2014 and continues his focus on the retail sector with a view to building on the existing strength of the firm’s retail franchise and leveraging existing experience and services that are currently employed effectively with other sectors.  Although based In London, he is service line and geographically agnostic.

Specifically he seeks to help clients with some of the key opportunities and challenges that the sector faces : supply chain and operational efficiency, identification and effective penetration of international markets, the world of omni-channel, and the effective collection and analysis of data together with the systems and processes that are required to achieve this.

Event Agenda

Registration/Coffee9.00 am
The Orangery
9.30 am
Comfort Break 10.00 am
Industry Day
BTHA Chairman Introduction
10.15 am
Update from the Toy Trust Chairman, Graham Canning
(including presentation of an ‘Outstanding Contribution to The Toy Trust’ Award)
10.30 am
‘2019 UK Retail Outlook – Facts, Trends and Innovation’
Don Williams, Partner - Retail, KPMG

10.45 am
Q & A
Break for coffee and pastries 11.25 am
'Thoughts on the current political climate from the corridors of power’
The Rt Hon. Kenneth Clarke QC MP
11.45 am
Q & A
BTHA Chairman closing remarks 12.25 pm
Pre-lunch drinks
(and photographs for BTHA Council Members)
Buffet Lunch 1.00 pm
Close 3.00 pm

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