Policy & Representation

Windsor Debates 2020


Windsor Debates is evolving.  Historically a one-day event, this year the Debates will take place over a full week, using digital platforms and covering a wide array of topics and subjects.


Monday 21st September

2pm - Introduction and Scene Setting for the week’s Windsor Debates with a Keynote Address

Our CEO Paul Britton and Group President Bill Gornall-King will be joined by Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, President of the British Chambers of Commerce, Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero and Hugh Milward, Senior Director, Microsoft.

Tuesday 22nd September

9:30am - The Scientific Perspective

Dr Katharina Hauck, Reader in Health Economics at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College will be joined by a panel of speakers.

2pm - The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

Wednesday 23rd September

9:30am - Sector Focus

This session will be chaired by Phil Smith, Former CEO and Chair, UK and Ireland, Cisco

2pm - Future of trade with the USA

Chaired by Anne-Marie Martin, Director Global Business Networks, BCC, panelists include The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy

Thursday 24th September

9:30am - Future of Travel

This session, chaired by Ruth Bagley, Ardent Consulting, welcomes John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow, Ian Howells, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe Ltd, Chris Hazeel, Vice President, United Kingdon and Northern Europe, Collins Aerospace and Mark Hopwood, Managing Director, Great Western Railway as our keynote speakers.

2pm - Political Focus – MP’s Roundtable

Chaired by Hugh Milward, Senior Director, Microsoft, we welcome James Sunderland MP and Anneliese Dodds MP.

Friday 25th September

9:30am - In a session facilitated by Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero, we welcome keynote speakers Adam Marshall, Director General, BCC, Joe Mayes, Government Reporter, Bloomberg News and Mark Gregory, Chief Economist, EY.



Participation for all sessions is by invitation only, but we welcome interest from businesses across the UK and beyond.  Please complete the form below if you would like to be part of the Debates.

As the Chamber’s flagship event, Windsor Debates formulates clear and decisive messages that help shape and frame TVCC’s strategic policy direction and wider programme activity. Topical subjects provide opportunity for thought-provoking, insightful discussion to ensure we continue in our role as the leading voice in presenting the business case for the Thames Valley into Government, senior officials and key stakeholders representing the region. This biannual, invitation only event is held in the historic setting of Vicars’ Hall, Windsor Castle. We apply the spirit of Chatham House rules to foster a lively and interesting debate. 

Topics previously covered include: ‘Beyond BREXIT, Sectors and Talent’ and ‘What Leadership is required to progress the Thames Valley into the 21st Century?’

At our most recent Windsor Debate, on the topic of ‘Strengthening the workforce in the Thames Valley – Mental health, diversity and inclusion in the workplace’, we were pleased to welcome former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, as our keynote dinner speaker.  In her Foreword to the Chamber’s Business Manifesto 2020, in which this Windsor Debates topic was introduced as one of the Chamber’s key priorities, Mrs May said:

“It was a privilege to speak at the Chamber’s recent 27th Windsor Debates – ‘Strengthening the workforce in the Thames Valley – Mental health, diversity and inclusion in the workplace’. An awakening for the Chamber, I commended their leadership for providing an opportunity to showcase great work and initiatives taking place and its commitment to help make a difference and champion this cause in 2020. A focus on mental health, fitness and diversity and inclusion in the workplace among our key Business Manifesto priorities for 2020.”
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
“This was a fantastic event … and what a privilege to be part of it” . Thank you for having me be part of this wonderful day – I learned a lot from others and wonderful speech by Theresa May – a wonderful job”. 
Clare Lyons-Collins, NHS Improvement

“The event was superb! Very well run with a great upbeat tempo and vibe in the room. I also got a great deal from the speakers you had…one of the most engaging seminars I’ve been to in years…”.
Karl Simons, Thames Water


“May I congratulate you all on your part in creating and delivering what was undoubtedly the best ever Windsor Debates held by the Chamber and I have attended almost all of them. The best in every respect, not only as regards to the engagement of the audience but the excited buzz in the room throughout the day and during the evening”.   
Bill Gornall-King, Boyes Turner