CONFERENCE: UK Automotive post-Brexit

  30 January 2017


An Auto Retail Network Conference in association with Carwow

Date: Tuesday 4th April 2017, 9.00am to 1.15pm
Venue: The SMMT, Central London

To book your place call Ros on 01572 724 687 or click here to book online.

Our half day conference will look at where we are now, the Government’s position on the negotiations and what the impacts will be on UK sentiment, consumer confidence and wider economics. Speakers will also address the impact of exchange rates on the UK new car market and what legal freedoms might be enjoyed in any new arrangement with the European single market.

Conference Key Topics

• The Government’s Position • What The UK Motor Industry Wants • Where Are We Now? • UK Sentiment, Consumer Confidence & Economics • Exchange Rates & The UK New Car Market • Legal Freedoms Under Brexit

Confirmed Speakers

• Al Clarke, conference chairman • Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister • George Parker, political editor, Financial Times • Dr. Swati Dhingra, assistant professor, Department of Economics & Centre for Economic Performance at The London School of Economics • Cara Haffey, automotive leader, PwC • Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser to PwC • Iain Larkins, partner, Radius Law • Sue Robinson, director, NFDA • Mike Hawes, chief executive, The SMMT • Speaker from the UK government/parliament to be confirmed



  • 9:00am – 9:05am: Welcome and introduction to the day’s key topics, Al Clarke, conference chairman
  • 9:05am – 9:15am: Sponsor’s opening address
  • 9:15am – 9:40am: Where are we now? George Parker, political editor, Financial Times
  • 9:40am – 09:50am: Q&A with George Parker
  • 09:50am – 10:20am: The political perspective – Nick Clegg MP, former deputy prime minister
  • 10:20am – 10:35am: Q&A with Nick Clegg
  • 10:35am – 10:55am: Refreshment break
  • 10:55am – 11:20am: UK sentiment / Consumer confidence / Economics, Dr. Swati Dhingra, assistant professor, Department of Economics & Centre for Economic Performance at The London School of Economics
  • 11:20am – 11:45pm: Exchange rates & the UK new car market, Cara Haffey, automotive leader, PwC & Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser to PwC
  • 11:45am – 12:10pm: Legal freedoms under Brexit, Iain Larkins, partner, Radius Law
  • 12:10pm – 12:30pm: Q&A with Swati Dhingra, Cara Haffey & Iain Larkins
  • 12:30pm – 12:55pm: What the UK motor industry wants, Mike Hawes, chief executive, The SMMT
  • 12:55pm – 1:15pm: Q&A with Mike Hawes & Sue Robinson (director, NFDA)
  • 1:15pm: Close & networking lunch

Conference Rates & Booking

ARN publication subscriber rate – £245 + VAT

Non-ARN publication subscriber rate – £345 + VAT

To book your place call Ros on 01572 724 687 or click here to book online.

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About the Speakers


Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg has been the Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam since 2005. He was Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister till 2015. In 1999 Nick was elected Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands, before successfully being elected as the MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005. Nick was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats in December 2007. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister after the General Election in 2010.


George Parker, political editor, Financial Times. George is in his tenth year as the Political Editor of the Financial Times, where he specialises in explaining and exploring the political and economic consequences of Brexit. Prior to his current job, George was the FT’s bureau chief in Brussels for five years (2002-7), giving him a unique insight into the Brexit negotiation from both sides of the table. George grew up in Devon and began his career on the Western Morning News in Barnstaple. He is a former chairman of the Press Gallery and is a regular presenter of Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.


Cara Haffey, automotive leader, PwC. Cara is the UK Industrial Manufacturing Sector and Automotive Sector Leader for PwC. As a corporate finance deals partner and a trained CA, Cara works closely with her clients, helping them tackle industry challenges and unearthing the deals driving opportunity, even in uncertain times. She has extensive experience of advising businesses throughout the value chain. Cara has worked across the spectrum within manufacturing, be it Plc’s, large multi-nationals and private companies through to family owned businesses and spends most of her time focussed on the UK market.


Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser to PwC. He joined the firm in November 2011 after serving as an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. After studying at Cambridge and the LSE, Andrew started his career as a business economist at the Confederation of British Industry in the mid-1980s before moving to the London Business School in 1994. While at the CBI, he was a founder member of the Treasury’s Panel of Independent Forecasters – also known as the “seven wise men”. Immediately before joining the Bank of England, Andrew was Chief Economist at British Airways, where he also worked on business strategy and planning, airport policy, airport regulation and environmental affairs.


Dr. Swati Dhingra, assistant professor, Department of Economics & Centre for Economic Performance at The London School of Economics. Swati’s work has informed bodies such as the Parliamentary International Trade Committee, CBI, Treasury, Social Enterprise UK, Credit Suisse and Sunderland City Council, and has featured in media such as BBC, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, The Economist, The Times and Business Standard. She is co-author of the recent “Life after Brexit” report by The London School of Economics’s Centre for Economic Performance, which looked at the UK’s options outside the EU.


Iain Larkins, founder and director, Radius Law. Prior to establishing Radius, Iain was the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer for the Mercedes-Benz UK Group. In this role he had responsibility for all aspects of the business and had the direct responsibility for a number of high profile projects including the reorganisation of the franchise network, the establishment of the own retail business and regulatory investigations, including a competition law investigation between 2010 to 2013.



Mike Hawes

Mike Hawes, chief executive, SMMT. He has more than 20 years’ experience in policy and public affairs, the majority of which has been spent in the motor industry. He joined SMMT from Bentley Motors where he held a number of PR, corporate and public affairs roles. Prior to that, he also worked for both Toyota and, more recently, Bentley’s parent company, Volkswagen AG, where he developed the European and global knowledge needed for this challenging role.


Sue Robinson, director, NFDA. The NFDA represents franchised garages, auctions, trucks and motorcycle. She also has responsibility for the umbrella body RMI (Retail Motor Industry Federation) on all Government, policy, and media strategy. Sue was responsible for raising the profile of the NFDA, and making it one of the most significant bodies in the sector. She sits on a number of trade and Government bodies representing the industry.


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