Webinar: The UK’s future relationship with China - a cross-sector perspective

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As the government continues to establish its vision for 'Global Britain', and cement the UK's position on the world stage as an independent actor, our relationship with China has come under renewed focus. WIG is delighted to bring together an expert cross-sector panel to look ahead at how our relations with this global power may evolve. 

Join us live for your opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the trading opportunties presented by one the world's largest markets
  • Consider the challenges and opportunities associated with building potentially closer ties with China
  • Pose your questions to our expert panel.


  • John Edwards

    HM Trade Commissioner for China & Hong Kong

    Department for International Trade

    John was one of the 9 Trade Commissioners appointed by the British government to promote the UK in important global markets. As the head of the Department for International Trade in China, John is in charge of all bilateral trade issues and works closely with Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Beijing to promote UK trade and prosperity. John has 25 years of experience working for the UK government, with more than half of that time spent in China including as HM Consul General in Shanghai (2015-19) and Minister Counsellor at the British Embassy (2012-15). In his previous roles in China, John has led teams across China dealing with science and innovation, energy, climate change and health policy. As Consul General in Shanghai he was responsible for the trade and investment relationship across East China. In his most recent role as Deputy Trade Commissioner he was responsible for the advanced manufacturing, Tech, education, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Outside of China, John was the speechwriter for three Foreign Secretaries and was the Deputy Consul General in Jerusalem. John graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Ancient and Modern History.

  • Vivian Wang Davies

    Import Director

    Royal Mail Group

    Vivian Davies, Director for Global Imports for Royal Mail Group and board member of the Group’s Product & Marketing Executive Board, International Executive Board, and executive Board Director of EBP Limited a Royal Mail wholly owned China company. Vivian leads the company’s logistics and e-commerce business solutions and the growth strategy for import parcels from overseas to the UK and cross-border onwards to other global destinations. Before joining Royal Mail Group in 2012 for eight years she ran her own cross- border business consultancy in the UK advising a range of blue-chip and SME clients on Asia/China trade. Prior to this she headed up Asia-based client services for a Silicon Valley technology public relations company prior to which she set up and led the China operation for a British/Hong Kong PR & Marketing agency. In the 1990’s she was a marketing & communications executive with Microsoft and Autodesk in China. Vivian served as Advisory Board member for the China Britain Children’s Foundation a UK charity supporting children’s welfare and education cross-border programmes (2004-2014). A graduate in Architecture of Beijing Jiaotong University she has an MBA from Durham University Business School in the UK.

  • Richard Barham



    Richard is a partner in Dentons' London Corporate department. He has particular experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance and privatisations. He also advises regularly on establishing and reorganising companies and businesses (both solvent and insolvent), other commercial agreements and associated regulatory issues. Richard works across a number of sectors.  In particular he advises on transactions in the transportation sector (rail, road and air including a three-year period working on the UK rail privatisation), and the financial sector (such as a bank's own M&A; and debt-equity restructurings of bank customers). He heads our sports practice, focusing on M&A, financings and commercial agreements.  He also regularly advises public sector clients, including the UK Government. Most of the transactions in which he is involved are cross-border; and he has worked on deals involving 100+ jurisdictions.  In particular, Richard has advised on numerous matters in Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Africa.  More recently he has worked on a number of transactions involving China, Japan and India.

  • Stephen Evans, CMG OBE

    Director for Policy Engagement

    Durham University

    Stephen joined Durham University in November 2019 to fill a newly created post focused on engagement with key higher education stakeholders in government, parliament, the diplomatic community and policy advisory bodies.  His aim is to support the University’s implementation of its ten-year strategy, including through its recruitment of overseas students and its extensive overseas network of research partnerships. Stephen came to Durham following a full career in the UK Diplomatic Service.  This included, in its early stages, postings to Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey and Pakistan.  He headed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s South Asia Department in the late 1990s and went on to serve successively as High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ambassador to Afghanistan and High Commissioner to Bangladesh.  He then transferred to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, spending four years in Brussels as Assistant Secretary General for Operations.  In that role he supported the Secretary General and North Atlantic Council, and chaired policy committees comprising representatives of the 27 Allied nations.   



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