UK Elections: Potential Impact on the Economy, EU and Washington State Business

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

International Hot Topic Series

 UK Elections

Potential Impact on the Economy, EU and Washington State Business


Deanna Oppenheimer
Founder, CameoWorks

Ian Toner
Managing Director, Wurts & Associates

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Visiting Scholar, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Associate Fellow, Chatham House, London
Fellow for the Middle East, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Moderator: David Bowden
Senior Vice President/Chief Strategic Officer

With Robin Twyman, Consul, UK Government Office, Seattle

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Downtown Seattle

Complimentary for Students and Members | $10 For Non-Members



Join the Trade Alliance for wine, popcorn, and a panel discussion on the UK general elections taking place on May 7.

This election is especially significant given the number of open issues at play: Britain’s relationship with the EU in the face of a possible EU referendum in 2017; the role of populist parties such as SNP in Scotland and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in England; not to mention a lagging economy that has yet to return to pre – financial crisis levels. Our panel will discuss these issues and more, as well as how elections may impact business between Greater Seattle and Washington state and the UK.

About our panelists
Deanna Oppenheimer is one of the leading women in international finance. She is founder of CameoWorks, LLC, a retail and financial services advisory firm. Her non-executive director board roles include Tesco PLC, where she chairs the remuneration committee, Tesco Bank, AXA Group, NCR Corporation, and The Joshua Green Corporation. Additionally, she is a senior advisor to Bain Consulting, Brooks Running, Anthemis Group and Finsphere.

Prior to founding CameoWorks, Deanna worked at Barclays PLC, where she transformed the Global Retail and Business Banking divisions. Initially, her position was chief executive of U.K. Retail and Business Banking, with 30,000 employees serving 15 million customers through contact centers, online and mobile banking and 1700 branches. She later became vice chair of Global Retail Banking, and then chief executive of Europe Retail and Business Banking, where she helped to stabilize the business lines during the Euro crisis.

In 2007, Deanna was named Britain’s Business Communicator of the Year and in October 2010 was voted American Banker magazine’s Second Most Powerful Woman in Banking. Her previous corporate board experiences include non-executive director roles at Catellus, and Plum Creek Timber, the largest private landowner in the U.S. In November 2014, Deanna was voted one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence.

Deanna graduated with honors from the University of Puget Sound in Washington State; she is past chair of trustees for Puget Sound and a recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart National Award for university volunteers. She also has attended the Executive Education program of the Kellogg School of Management.

Ian Toner is a Managing Director at Wurts & Associates,and institutional investment consultancy. Prior to coming to Wurts, Ian worked at Russell Investments, where he served as Director, Capital Markets Research, amongst other roles. Ian served as Executive Director, UBS from 2001-2006, and Global Head of Marketing, Global Equity Index System at Salomon Smith Barney from 1999 – 2001. Ian received an MA, Law from the University of Oxford.

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen is an academic specializing in the history and politics of the Middle East and affiliated with the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the James A. Baker Institute of Public Policy at Rice University. He is an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs – Chatham House – in London and, prior to relocating to Seattle in 2013, worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science for five years. Coates Ulrichsen holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge and is the author of five books, his most recent being ‘The First World War in the Middle East’ and ‘Qatar and the Arab Spring,’ both published in 2014.

Robin Twyman took up his posting as Consul (Business and Government Affairs) at the UK Government Office in Seattle in January 2013. He was previously First Secretary (Trade Policy, Business Affairs and Agriculture) at the British Embassy in Washington.


This program is complimentary for students and members and $10 for non-members. Questions? Contact Samantha Paxton at (206) 389-7319.

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