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I am delighted to announce the very special event for April will be an evening with Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury, when he will share his thoughts on “Brexit, Trump, Corbyn and the Future”. This will take place at Nomura’s offices on Thursday 19 April at 6pm.

Lord Smith has spent his career at the very heart of British government and administration. Born in Barnet, he graduated from Cambridge, where he was president of the Cambridge Union, with a degree in English and a PhD specialising in Wordsworth and Coleridge, and then continued his education at Harvard. He returned to the UK to work at a housing charity and first entered politics as a councillor in Islington before being elected to the seat of Islington South in 1983 during the Labour/SDP ‘split’.

In 1997 he was appointed to Tony Blair’s first cabinet as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, where among other things we can thank him for introducing free admission to many leading museums. In 2005 he retired from Parliament and was created Baron Smith of Finsbury.

In 2008 he accepted the post of Chairman of the Environment Agency, steering it through a period of unprecedented climatic challenges, before in 2015 turning full circle to become Master of Pembroke College, his former alma mater, where he is now in charge of one of the largest building and expansion projects seen in Cambridge in the last 200 years. Lord Smith now splits his time between Cambridge and his base in the heart of Clerkenwell, part of the old Borough of Finsbury.

As 2018 starts with few of the concerns and worries of 2017 resolved we are incredibly fortunate to have someone with Lord Smith’s breadth of experience to help us understand of what is really going on in our world, from Brexit to the Trump administration, the emergence of the Momentum movement and the resurgence of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, Lord Smith’s political neighbour in Islington North for over 20 years.

I look forward to welcoming you and your guests to what will be probably one of the most significant political briefings in the City this year.


Further details will follow in due course but do make this a firm date in your diary.