The House of Lords dinner is one of a series of annual business-political events which we hold across the UK for our members. These dinners provide a platform from which we can raise and debate issues relating to sustainability with policymakers in an informal setting.
This year’s House of Lords dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 21st November 2016 at 1930h in the Atlee Suite.
The event is hosted by Baroness Christine Crawley who is one of Labour’s two Deputy Chief Whips in the House of Lords, a post she has held since the 2010 General Election. Christine joined the Lords as a life Peer in 1998. Christine was a teacher in London and Oxfordshire for a number of years before being elected to the European Parliament as the MEP for Birmingham East in 1984, where she served until 1999 and as Deputy Leader of her group from 1994. She joined the Government benches in 2002 where she covered a range of subjects through to 2010 including Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International Development, Education, Transport and Northern Ireland.
She retains good links to the business community through being President of the Trading Standards Institute, a post she has held since 2009.
The dinner is open for members to bring guests. In addition to the opportunity to debate with the Keynote Speaker and politicians, it is also a forum to meet fellow members and for potential members to find out more about UK BCSD.
The traditional format is for a formal but general discussion session after the Keynote speech, which provides the opportunity for everyone to take part and raise issues or ask questions. However the remainder of the evening is relatively informal and there is time for networking before, during and at the end of the event.
This years key note speaker will be announced shortly.