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Elbow Room Events are dedicated personal networking events seeking to replicate the style and personal interactions of physical events.

DHN Elbow Room Networking – The City & UK Financial Services Industry Fights Back

Meeting Agenda

5.00pm – Welcome and Intro from Charles Russam, MD of Devonshire House

5.05pm – Message from our Host and Sponsor – Daniel Hodson (City United Project)

5.10pm – Address by our Keynote Speaker – Tim Skeet

5.25pm – Networking Breakout Rooms (25/30 mins)

5.55pm – Feedback and discussion

6.15pm – Close

Elbow Room Networking

Elbow Room Networking Events provide the opportunity for you to meet new people through Devonshire House as well as catch up with people you may have met before at Devonshire House. They seek to replicate the style and feel of actual physical face to face networking events.

Networking has been at the heart of the Devonshire House offering since its original founding in 1967. Our purpose is to create for our members thinking time and space for key business issues, and where people make the difference. Delivered primarily through our broad range of high-level Speaker Events, Panel Debates and Special Events, we have extended our offering to include a direct Networking facility – our online Elbow Room Events. At the heart of Devonshire House are senior decision makers keen to discover and explore original thinking and information generated from all the Events we promote.

How do we define Networking? It means creating, activating and nurturing the fullest range of human interactions to promote mutual best interests. But current upheavals – driven by Covid-19, Technology, Brexit and personal and corporate evolving aspirations are revolutionising the whole concept of Networking. Please see Re-discovering Networking for a more detailed analysis. The element that many say is missing through screen based “contacts” is the human interaction. Elbow Room Events seeks to overcome this by creating a different online networking Event – we try to get as near as possible to the face to face experience of pre-Covid days.

Facilitator/ Host and Breakout Rooms

Each Elbow Room Networking session will have a Facilitator/ Host to provide insight into a particular topic and to guide and stimulate the conversation. They will then allocate random breakout groups through zoom .

After the Event

We will facilitate the sharing of contact details within the LinkedIn Group with those who have elected to join it through a Devonshire House Elbow Room Events Networking Group so people can carry on keeping in touch – and, maybe, arranging to meet as and when possible.

Tim Skeet – Keynote Speaker

Tim Skeet is a career international banker in the City and currently a Senior Adviser to Bank of China, London and Regional Chair of the International Capital Market Association. He draws on a long four decade career in the City in delivering advice and leadership across a range of companies including business start-ups (including as NED).

Before this, most recently Tim was a Managing Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (ABN Amro) and Head of Northern Europe Team- providing capital market client coverage across the Nordic region, managing teams in India and delivering in-house training; Managing Director, Global Head of Covered Bonds at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Director level roles at Dresdner Kleinwort, Lehman Brothers and Kidder Peabody, heading up Financial Institutions businesses having started his career at Samuel Montagu some years before Big Bang.

With a passion for travelling, culture and a French/ German specialist and linguist, Tim has been active in pro-European/EU reform, and chaired an aviation museum amongst a varied range of activities. Additionally, Tim is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Reading, has delivered extensive speaker engagements at conferences and training courses and chairs the membership committee of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers. Tim was the founding Chair of Britain for Europe, Chair of the Classic Aircraft Trust (now closed) and a member of the executive committee of the Conservative European Forum. He is a NED for Finance Unlocked, an innovative ‘ed-tech’ company and Chairs the advisory council of NPL Markets another fin-tech start-up.

Daniel Hodson – Host & Sponsor

Professor Daniel Hodson, Founder and Chairman of City United Project.

Daniel Hodson’s early career spanned both marketing and financial roles. He became Deputy CEO of Nationwide Building Society in 1989 and in 1993 was appointed CEO of LIFFE plc, a post he held until 1998.

Daniel has extensive experience as non-executive director of The Post Office, Rolfe and Nolan plc, Independent Insurance Group and the London Clearing House plc. He is a non-executive director of SVM Global plc and Chairman of BPLGlobal (Holdings) Ltd. He is also a former Master of the Mercers Company and Chairman of the Lokahi Foundation.

The vision of the City United Project is a global City and UK financial services industry, serving the world and supported by a fair and competitive regulatory and taxation framework and the highest skills possible. “New opportunities are opening up to secure the City’s global leadership in regulation and product development,.” says Daniel Hodson.

Former EU Financial Services Brussels Commissioner, Lord Jonathan Hill, says that it is not in Brussels’ interests to allow London to continue to dominate the European Financial Market in the way it did before Brexit, inferring that “equivalence” could be now little more than a talking shop. However, he points to Financial Services work moving to Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris and Dublin will probably mean that no one city will emerge as the outright EU Centre for financial services -and this should work to the UK’s advantage.

The role of financial services in generating employment in the City and regionally (including in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) is more important than ever and can strengthen the Union.

More info at and latest news HERE

Its Political Advisory Board includes

  • Sir Bernard Jenkin MP (Chairman)
  • The Rt Hon David Jones MP
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Lamont of Lerwick PC
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Hannan of Kingsclere
  • Anne Marie Morris MP