Conservative Party Conference 2012

8 October 2012 - Birmingham

Joint APPG meeting with The Work Foundation & Barrow Cadbury entitled "Is the UK attracting the global talent we need to boost growth?" The fringe meeting was an opportunity for business and higher education representatives to debate the extent to which the UK is still ‘open for business’ and the need for a global set of skilled workers to boost the UK economy.


  • Richard Harrington MP (Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party)
  • Lord Wei (House of Lords)
  • Viscount Younger of Leckie (Government Whip)
  • Baroness Valentine (Crossbench)


  • Ian Robinson (Fragomen LLP)
  • Margaret Burton (Deloitte LLP)
  • Julia Onslow-Cole (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP)
  • Dr Neil Lee (The Work Foundation)
  • Julia King (Aston University)
  • Nicola Dandridge (Universities UK)
  • Simon Walker (Institute of Directors)
  • Don Flynn (Migrants' Rights Network)

Chair: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Government Spokesperson on Justice & Communities)