(From Left to Right) Professor Robin Mason, Dominic Wallington, Simon Wilson and Professor Alec Chrystal.

Economic impact of UK election debated at 20 Fenchurch Street

Generously hosted by Markel International, the Business School recently held a successful alumni reception in London which focused on the impact of May’s general election result on the UK economy and business.

Professor Robin Mason, Dean of the Business School chaired the evening, updating the audience on the recent successes of the Business School before introducing the three guest speakers. The speakers then each gave a short presentation on the effect of the election result from different perspectives.

Professor Alec Chrystal (Economics 1976) of Cass Business School started the evening with a detailed academic analysis of both the current and forecast condition of the UK economy. He was followed by Simon Wilson, Director of International Development at Markel International, who gave a fascinating insight into the London insurance market and the potential effect of political developments on Markel and the industry.

Finally, Dominic Wallington (MA Finance & Investment 1992) of RBC Global Asset Management explored the post-election investment landscape, concluding that the corporate sector remains in a powerful position, and pointing out that history has shown that even in unfavourable political conditions, a strong and appealing brand will generally succeed.

The presentations were followed by a lively discussion in which the audience asked the panel of speakers some thoughtful and difficult questions. Once questions were concluded, guests had the opportunity to network with drinks, canapés and a stunning view across the Thames that the iconic building affords.

Gerard Bruynseels, (Business and Accounting 2013) said “The event was fantastic and a great insight into a few great minds”

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Date: 5 June 2015

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