The 2019 City Debate

‘This House believes that the City’s best days lie ahead’

11 April 2019

The Mansion House

London EC4N 8BH

 The 23rd annual City Debate – a grand, black tie affair, organised by the CISI and the CSFI – will take place on the evening of April 11. As usual, thanks to the generosity of the Lord Mayor’s office, it will take place at the Mansion House – the most stunning venue in the City of London.

This is a difficult year for all of us in the City – but it is also a year of opportunity. Our motion tries to reflect that:

‘This House believes that the City’s best days lie ahead

Speaking for the motion, we have

  • Sir Gerry Grimstone, past chairman of Barclays International and Standard Life Aberdeen, and a non-executive at Deloitte. A former Treasury Civil Servant, Gerry spent much of his career at Schroders, in London, New York and Asia. From 2012 to 2015, he was chairman of TheCityUK and now chairs the City’s China Market Advisory Group and the India-UK Financial Partnership.

  • Kay Swinburne, currently a Conservative MEP and vice-chairman of the European Parliament’s powerful Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) – which has long held the City’s future in its hands. She is a former banker, with a PhD in medical research. It is hard to say what else she might be doing by the time of the debate… but she has been the City’s best friend in Brussels for a long time.

Speaking against the motion will be:

  • Lord Myners, the former City Minister (under Gordon Brown) and CEO/Chairman of Gartmore. Paul is a former secondary school teacher, a former member of the Bank of England’s Court and the eponymous author of the Myners Report on institutional investment.

  • John Kay CBE, a Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford, a Visiting Professor at LSE and the principal author of the Kay Report into Equity Markets and Long-term Decision Making. He is also a member of the Standing Council on Scotland and Europe, appointed by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

It is an awesome panel – and a genuinely important motion that goes to the heart of the concerns we all face today.

As usual, the panel will be moderated by Angela Knight CBE­ – a former City Minister and head of the BBA, who now chairs the government’s Office of Tax Simplification. She will invigilate the evening, ensure that we all behave ourselves, and organise the voting (with individual, hand-held voting machines).

Tables for 10 are available for £2,600 + VAT. There are also opportunities for Tier 1 and Tier 2 sponsorship at £7,500 + VAT and £5,000 + VAT respectively, as well as other forms of sponsorship. In addition, there will also be a club table, at £260 + VAT a seat.

This is the sixth year that the CISI and CSFI have organised the debate. It is always an excellent evening – mixing first-rate food and drink with a serious theme that does not take itself too seriously (though, depending on what happens in the next few weeks, this year may be a bit more serious than usual). We would love to see all our friends and supporters there, and hope that you will take a table and encourage others to do likewise.

Many thanks,

Andrew Hilton                                                                    Simon Culhane                                 Director                                                                                Chief Executive

CSFI                                                                                       CISI


PS: For more information, please get in touch with Oliver Warren at the CSFI (oliver@csfi.org) or (0207-621-1056).