Prospects for the UK’s future trade relations with the USA

Join our expert cross-sector panel to discuss the UK's future trading relationship with the USA as we enter a new era of independent trade policy.

  • Explore priorities for a proposed FTA between the UK and USA
  • Hear how the DIT will continue to engage stakeholders following the consultation held in 2019
  • Discuss how the UK can take advantage of opportunities for growth offered by deepened trading ties with the USA


  • Oliver Griffiths

    Director, Americas Negotiations and Strategic Engagement

    Department for International Trade

    Oliver Griffiths joined the Department for International Trade in August 2016 as Director, Americas Negotiations and Strategic Engagement, overseeing the build-up of the UK’s trade policy function. He now leads the UK’s trade policy relationships with the Americas and the Department’s external engagement on trade policy. Prior to joining the Department for International Trade, Oliver had been President at a FinTech start-up based in Shoreditch.  Between 2002 and 2013 Oliver worked as a civil servant, specialising in trade policy (in London and at the British Embassy in Washington DC) and corporate finance (including setting up the UK Green Investment Bank).  He started his career as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

  • Dr Emily Jones

    Associate Professor in Public Policy - Global Economic Governance

    Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

    Emily Jones directs the Global Economic Governance Programme which fosters research and debate on how to make the global economy inclusive and sustainable. She is also a Fellow of University College. Emily’s research examines the political economy of global trade and finance, focusing on the ways in which governments can exert influence in asymmetric negotiations. Emily teaches courses on international political economy and negotiation strategy and skills for public policy, specialising in international trade. She recently ran executive short courses for the UK and Indonesian governments. Emily holds a DPhil in International Political Economy from the University of Oxford, and an MSc (distinction) in Development Economics from the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, and a first-class BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. She previously worked in Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry, for Oxfam GB, and for the UK Department for International Development

  • Tom King

    Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

    IBM UK

    Tom King joined IBM in the UK as Director of Government and Industry Affairs in late 2014 reporting to the Chief Executive of IBM UK. The role requires broad engagement across government, industry and trade associations in order to shape a supportive environment for digital technology as an enabler for innovation and growth across the UK economy.   Before joining IBM, Tom had an extensive international career at British Airways, and held a number of senior leadership roles including Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, EVP for External Relations (Brussels and North America), and General Manager for International Relations. He also previously managed the airlines operations in Poland and Bulgaria.   Tom graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an MA in Economics and Philosophy.



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