Special Events and Projects
Since its inception, the Trust has organised a number of special events and informal social functions to promote the importance of the connection between Parliament and the business community
Prestigious dinners are hosted two or three times each year by the Speaker and President of the Trust in their private apartment in Parliament Building with a small group of Chief Executives from the Trust’s Corporate membership attending. Two leaders of Parliamentary parties are also invited on each occasion as special guests. One dinner – usually the first of the year – includes the Prime Minister or a senior Government Minister and another, the Leader of the Opposition. Other party leaders are invited on a rotational basis. Each dinner is also attended by the Chairman of the Trust, or another Corporate Trustee, and the Chief Executive.
The President uses these occasions to thank the Corporate members for their support of the Trust and to acquaint them personally with Trust activities and future developments.
Meeting new MPs
After each general election, the Trust organises a function for the MPs who are new to Parliament and takes the opportunity to brief those present on the work of the Trust and in particular, the study programmes provided for members of Parliament, enabling them to spend up to three days with a corporate member. Associate Members of the Trust, (those existing MPs who have already completed one or more of the Trust’s Business Study Programmes) are also invited.
As an extension of the Business Study Programme scheme, each year the Trust organises two Business Overviews where a prominent guest speaker is invited to talk to MPs and Corporate guests, on a subject that may be topical or have specific interest to those in the corporate world.
The aim of these Briefings is to enhance MPs’ understanding of the business world in general, the changes and developments taking place in it and to learn something of the impact of political decisions on the development of business. The events are hosted by the President of the Trust.
In 2018 Overview Speakers were Neal Barclay Chief Executive of Meridian Energy speaking on Climate Action -Making it our Business and Lisa King, social entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Eat My Lunch