Brexit expert heads to Harrogate

Allie Renison

One of the UK’s most respected and influential voices on Brexit is heading to Harrogate to speak with business leaders.

Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the IoD, will analyse how leaving the European Union might affect local businesses.

The event is on 7 December at Hotel du Vin, Harrogate, starting at 8.30am.

Allie represents IoD members on EU reform and regularly appears in the national media to outline the implications of Brexit.

She was previously research director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU. Prior to that, she advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with a particular focus on trade and employment policy areas.

Joining Allie on the expert panel will be Vickie Brown, finance director at Distinction Doors, a home improvements group based in Barnsley. The business has a turnover of around £42m and appeared in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and Yorkshire Insider Growth 100 lists.

They will be joined by Harvey Whitford, technical director at Testing Circle and Sparta Global. After roles at Betfair and SkyBet, where he launched its first software academy, Harvey is now focussed on developing the next generation of software engineers and addressing the skills shortage, which he says has been exacerbated by recent geo-political events.

Completing the panel will be Louise Gulliver, IoD managing director. The event will be chaired by Richard Abbott, director of PR and communications consultancy Cicada.

As well as hearing from the panel, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and debate the key issues arising from Brexit.

The IoD has recently published several reports on Brexit, based on feedback from members, and has outlined its recommendations for the government to prioritise in its negotiations.

Prices are £10 for members and £15 for non-members. For more information, contact Susanne Foxley on 0113 2430152 or


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