COVID-19: The Road Ahead For Business

Live Webinar Series:

COVID-19 – The Road Ahead for Business

Every organisation and individual in both the UK and Australia has been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses are adapting to the immediate requirements of the crisis and looking ahead to ascertain and plan for how long it might last; the long term economic effects of lockdown; and the consequences of unprecedented government spending.

The Chamber is pleased to invite you to the first event in our COVID-19 webinar series with our expert speakers Sir Robert Lechler, Ian Stewart and the Hon. Alexander Downer AC to discuss:

  • Scenarios for the time frame and severity of the virus and public health measures;
  • The economic forecast for the year ahead including potential recession scenarios and how effective government stimulus will be; and
  • The political response of the Australian and British Governments to date and how economic, fiscal and other policy is likely to develop in the year ahead.

Join us and hear from our exceptional line-up of speakers to understand how the aftermath of this pandemic is expected to fundamentally change your operating environment and how you can put your business in the best position to respond.


Sir Robert Lechler

Robert Lechler is Senior Vice President/Provost (Health) and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. This is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

Robert became Dean of King’s College School of Medicine in 2004. The following year he succeeded Professor Sir Graeme Catto as Vice-Principal (Health) in charge of the five Health Schools of King’s. Robert was also Deputy Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust from 2004-2009. He was appointed as Executive Director of King’s Health Partners in June 2009. In 2012 Robert was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Robert’s research interests revolve around transplantation tolerance; the central aim of his research is to persuade the immune system to “tolerate” the foreign organ while retaining full capability to fight off infections and cancer. Robert is Chair of the Clinical Trials Expert Advisory Group, as well as a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Schools Council.

Ian Stewart, Chief Economist, Deloitte UK

Ian is a Partner and Chief Economist at Deloitte where he advises Boards and companies on macroeconomics. Ian devised the Deloitte Survey of Chief Financial Officers and writes a popular weekly economics blog, the Monday Briefing.

His previous roles include Chief Economist for Europe at Merrill Lynch, Head of Economics in the Conservative Research Department and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Ian was educated at the London School of Economics.

The Hon Alexander Downer AC

Mr Downer is Executive Chair of the International School for Government at King’s College London.

From 2014 to 2018, Mr Downer was Australian High Commissioner to the UK. Prior to this, he was Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Foreign Affairs, a role he held from 1996 to 2007.

Mr Downer also served as Opposition Leader and leader of the Australian Liberal Party from 1994 to 1995 and was Member of the Australian Parliament for Mayo for over 20 years.

In addition to a range of other political and diplomatic roles, he was Executive Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus, in which he worked on peace talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. He is currently Chairman of the UK think tank Policy Exchange and The Royal Over-Seas League and a trustee of the International Crisis Group.

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