Ukraine 2 – Where are we now ?

27th September 2022, 6:00 pm




Lord Kim Darroch, General Sir Richard Barrons, Vicky Pryce, Catherine Belton & Dr John Raines

Following the remarkably successful event on 6th July we now return to this subject that affects us all. The Leaders Club will continue to focus on crucial geopolitical issues that affect us all through a series of events which will look, as things evolve, at the very many ways that life has changed following the invasion of Ukraine and what the ramifications are and speculatively, might be.

Tonight we once again bring together the key members of  TLC Geopolitics Forum(to accompany TLC Health & Social Care and TLC Justice and Law. TLC Engineering Forum which will follow shortly). We hope you will be involved.

Part 2  looks at where we are 7 months after the invasion by Russia and will bring you up-to-the-minute analysis by a very distinguished panel. Chaired by Lord Kim Darroch, and curated by Bob Judson we look forward to you joining us and hearing your views, thoughts and comments. Just use BOOK TICKETS below. As usual, Members FREE and Non-Members £30.

Lord Kim Darroch
Our Distinguished Panel
General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE
Co-Chairman of Universal Defence & Security Solutions

General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six ‘Chiefs of Staff’ leading the UK Armed Forces, 2013-2016.He was responsible for 23,000 people worldwide and a budget of £4.3 billion. His military career included the last decade of the Cold War and leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He has a global role with CAE working on government relations and strategy, primarily around the evolution of national and alliance-scale synthetic environments, and is Co-Chairman of Universal Defence & Security Solutions. He advises and comments widely on senior leadership, defence and security.

Catherine Belton
Journalist and Writer

Catherine Belton reports on Russia for the Washington Post.Catherine worked from 2007-2013 as the Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times and in 2016 as the newspaper’s legal correspondent. She previously reported on Russia for Moscow Times and Business Week and served as an investigative correspondent for Reuters.

In 2009, she was shortlisted for Business Journalist of the year at the British Press Awards. She lives in London.

Catherine is author of the highly acclaimed book ‘Putin’s People: How the KGB took back Russia and then Took on the West’.

Vicky Pryce
Economist and Business Consultant

Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).Vicky was previously Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner and Chief Economist at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector.

She holds a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy for Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists, and a Companion of the British Academy of Management.

She is co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibly; a patron of the charities Pro Bono Economics and Working Chance; a member of the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF; on the advisory group of Better Statistics CIC; and a fellow of the Radix Centre for Business, Politics and Society.

Her books include: ‘Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don’t Get It’, ‘It’s the Economy, Stupid – Economics for Voters’ with Ross and Urwin; ‘Redesigning Manufacturing’ with Nielsen and Beverland, and ‘Women vs Capitalism’.

She is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London and a frequent media commentator on UK and international economic, political and social issues.

Dr John Raines
Principal Global Risks Adviser and Head of North America, Economics & Country Risk, IHS Markit which is part of S&P Global

As IHS Markit’s lead analyst for United States foreign and domestic policy, Dr Raines has appeared in numerous media outlets, from CNN, BBC, CNBC, Channel 4, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR and the Associated Press, amongst many others.In his previous work experience with the US Department of State, he successfully led US efforts to ratify a new Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) amendment and an Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) agreement with Panama. In Hong Kong, he oversaw the American Citizen Services unit in Hong Kong, providing consular services to the most wanted man in China after his arrest in the territory. He also worked at the World Bank, where he managed several projects in production of the World Development Indicators (WDI).

His other assignments have included the US Department of the Treasury, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the World Trade Center. He earned a PhD in political science from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Study (SAIS).