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UK-US Transatlantic Trade Quarterly Policy Update & Fireside Chat – How are recent Brexit, UK-US Free Trade Agreement, and global pandemic developments affecting your business?

Join the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia in collaboration with leading international trade organizations operating in our region for the first policy update since the UK reached the end of the Brexit transition period. We are honored to partner with the Department for International Trade and the British Consulate-General New York to offer timely insider knowledge about recent developments that are influencing transatlantic commerce and offer a regional perspective from the Department for the Economy of Northern Ireland.


The fireside chat will focus on the UK/EU’s trade and co-operation agreement, the UK-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) priorities under the new US Administration, in addition to the Green Industrial Revolution and global climate change action in the lead up to the Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021.

Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner and Giulia Ní Dhulchaointigh, Department for the Economy Northern Ireland, will be our featured speakers.  Neil Boyden Tanner, General Counsel, International Markets, Cigna and UK-US Government Liaison, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia will moderate the session.

We look forward to your participation in this timely and interactive conversation.

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

The virtual meeting link will be emailed to you prior to the event.


Antony Phillipson
British Consul General in New York and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America

Antony was announced as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America in February 2018. He became Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York in November 2017.

Antony joined the Civil Service in 1993.

He has held a number of posts in Her Majesty’s Government.

Previous roles include:

  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
  • Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington
  • Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • Head of the FCO Iran Coordination Group
  • High Commissioner to Singapore
  • Director (EU External), European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU)

Antony has a degree in modern history from the University of Oxford.

Giulia ní Dhulchaointigh
Deputy Director of the Trade Negotiations Division in Department for the Economy

Giulia ní Dhulchaointigh is Deputy Director of the Trade Negotiations Division in Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland covering the wide range of issues around Northern Ireland’s external trade particularly related to the outworking of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU.


Neil Boyden Tanner
General Counsel, International Markets, Cigna

Neil Boyden Tanner is General Counsel, International Markets, Cigna, a Fortune 20 global health services
company. In this role he is responsible for all legal matters related to Cigna’s non-U.S. businesses, as well as all U.S. based cross-border businesses. With more than 12 million customers in over 200 countries and jurisdictions, the segment includes a variety of businesses including health, life, disability, supplemental and expatriate health insurance for both groups like the world’s largest employers and intergovernmental organizations, as well as high-net-worth globally mobile individual employees and retirees. Cigna has on the ground operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the Asia Pacific region, as well as multiple joint ventures in a variety of locations around the world.

Prior to serving as General Counsel, International Markets, Mr. Tanner was Corporate Secretary at which
time his responsibilities included Board matters, securities law, governance matters, global subsidiary
maintenance and treasury law matters. He was also previously Chief Counsel for US Business Law with
responsibility for legal matters in Cigna’s businesses in the United States, including Medical / Health, Dental, Supplemental, Behavioral Health, Pharmacy, Vision Care, Health Coaching, Condition Management, Group life, accident and disability insurance, Medicare and Medicaid businesses. In the past, he has also served as Chief Counsel of Cigna Global Health Benefits (the global expatriate insurance business), Cigna’s International Chief Compliance Officer managing global compliance matters, Deputy Chief Counsel for all of Cigna’s international operations and Chief Counsel of Cigna’s Global Employer Segment. Mr. Tanner reports to the General Counsel and serves on various organizational leadership teams.

Prior to joining Cigna, Mr. Tanner was Associate General Counsel – International and a member of Executive Leadership Council at ARAMARK (a Fortune 500 food and facilities provider with approximately 270,000 employees in 22 countries). He also served as their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance Officer and legal advisor on global privacy matters. Prior to joining ARAMARK, he was an attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP practicing in the corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property (transactional) and international groups.

Mr. Tanner also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Rome, for which he serves as Chair of the Trusteeship Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the British American Business Council, for which he previously served as President. He has formerly served as National Representative from the United States to the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA) and served on the Extended Bureau (Board) of the same, for which AIJA name him an Honorary lifetime member. He also served on the Board of Directors of the US Airways/American Airlines Education Foundation, for which he chaired the Scholarship Committee and he served on the merger transition committee.

Previously, Mr. Tanner was named a 2013 Eisenhower Fellow, during which he studied successful strategies for attracting Foreign Direct Investment into Brazil, Singapore and Vietnam. He was also named by the Legal Intelligencer and PA Law Weekly as one of “50 on the Fast Track”, he was named a “Rising Star” multiple times in the annual Super Lawyers survey, and in 2007 he was named one of the “40 Under 40” business leaders by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Mr. Tanner received his Juris Doctor and Advanced Graduate Certificate in East Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh; a Certificate in International Maritime Law from the University of the Aegean in Rhodes, Greece; a Masters of Governmental Administration from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania; his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations-Political Economy from the College of William and Mary; and a Certificate in Japanese Studies from Shoin University in Kobe, Japan. Mr. Tanner also completed law study in the Japanese language at the Tokyo campus of the Temple University School of Law and business study at INSEAD in both Singapore and France.

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The Awkward Networker No More – Recognize what makes you tick and harness your inner happiness to foster valuable connections, and maximize your daily potential and success!

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia is thrilled to invite you to a dynamic and interactive session with two of the most fun and enthusiastic networkers and happiness coaches in the area. Join us and the international business community for this happy hour session about “how to network effectively during a global pandemic.”

Learn to listen to your inner voice, discover what makes you tick, and harness that inner happiness to drive valuable connections and ultimately lead you to the next stage of your professional development.


This program is geared toward young professionals just starting out in their careers, seasoned executives and everyone in between who are looking for some novel ideas about how to navigate the networking scene during this challenging time of isolation.

Keynote speakers, Allegra Cohen and Sean Hand will lead us through this educational, inspirational timely event, that will energize, motivate and empower you.

We invite you to bring your own drink and snacks.Click through the below links for some British-themed inspiration, including take-out fish ‘n chips if you are in or near Philadelphia.
• Top 10 Most Popular British Cocktails
• Take-out fish ‘n chips – what’s the catch?

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

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Low Carbon Virtual Whisky Tasting

Wednesday, February 3, 2021: Low Carbon Virtual Whisky Tasting

The UK’s Department for International Trade and Scottish Development International (SDI) offered a private, by invitation-only virtual whisky tasting to highlight the UK’s net zero future, with a specific focus on sustainable transport, mobility innovation, and opportunities for businesses considering overseas expansion. This spirited session was moderated by Neil Boyden Tanner, International Markets General Counsel, Cigna, and US-UK Government Liaison, BABCPHL. Low carbon insights were presented by the UK’s Deputy Trade Commissioner, Kunal Khatri, all while sipping on some of Scotland’s finest export. Brief remarks from Brandon Beech of SDI and Sarah Petrie of the Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc highlighted Scotland’s net zero ambitions in the lead up to COP26, which is set to be hosted in Glasgow in November 2021. Special thanks to Aberlour Distillery. Each attendee received samples of Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky shipped directly to their doorstep.


Fireside Chat with Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines

Fireside Chat with Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines

April 8, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST


BritishAmerican Business is delighted to welcome Scott Kirby, Chief Executive Officer, United Airlines. Scott served as the company’s president from 2016 to 2020 and was responsible for United’s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management. As president, he played a pivotal role in enabling United’s cultural transformation and executing the company’s strategic growth plan.

Prior to joining United, Scott was president of American Airlines from 2013 to 2016 and president of US Airways from 2006 to 2013. He is a well-known industry veteran, with a broad and accomplished three-decade-long career in significant leadership roles within the airline industry. Scott started his career at the Pentagon and in the technology sector.

Scott has bachelor’s degrees in computer science and operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in operations research from George Washington University. He is married and has six children.

A Scintillating Success – The Sparkling Wine Regions of Southern England

A Scintillating Success – The Sparkling Wine Regions of Southern England

Friday, February 26, 2021

4:30 – 5.30 PM EST


In just a decade, English Sparkling Wine producers have won an ultra-premium reputation and price positioning with several key audiences, both in the UK and overseas. This is a huge achievement. Many sparkling wine styles would love to be in this enviable position. Producers such as Ridgeview, Gusbourne, Hattingley Valley, Bride Valley, and Nytimber are available in the USA in limited quantities.

‘A Scintillating Success – The Sparking Wine Regions of Southern England’ is the first in a series of three sessions exploring sparkling wines of the world, and what better way to start than with the exciting developments in the UK. Chris Parker, an early Brand Ambassador for English Sparkling Wines, will present the history, heritage, and stories of the winemakers paving the way in the vineyards of Southern England. Open a bottle of your favorite wine, sparkling or still, and join in the conversation about “All Things Bubbles”.

Information will be provided during the session on where to buy English Sparkling Wines.

BREXIT – How the Dice Have Fallen

BREXIT – How the Dice Have Fallen

Wednesday, February 16, 2021

12:00 – 1:00 PM EST


With a trade deal between the UK and the European Union finally agreed on December 24th, 2020, please join BABC Business Member, Grant Harrod Lerman Davis Accountants on February 17th at 9am to learn about what the deal means for both individuals and businesses carrying out transactions in and out of the USA.

The intention behind the UK and EU’s Trade and Cooperation Agreement was that it should go beyond traditional free trade agreements, providing a solid basis for preserving the longstanding friendship and cooperation. January 2021 however saw the Agreement, and its adjunct the Northern Ireland Protocol, sorely tested when the EU hastily and unilaterally invoked the Protocol’s harsh emergency powers – an action they were subsequently to reverse only hours later! Jonathan will be addressing this very recent and controversial episode in his presentation.

The event is complimentary for all to attend and the Zoom link will be sent to registered guests on the day prior to the event.

Member Feature – Bravo Group

Bravo Group is the 40th-largest independent public relations firm in the United States and Pennsylvania’s largest independent public relations firm, serving clients within the commonwealth and around the world. Bravo Group is a strategic communications firm operating at the intersection of public affairs and marketing, with a proven approach that reflects the firm’s understanding of complex industries and the changing environment of marketing and communications. With roots in advocacy, their singular focus is delivering the win to their clients. That’s why Bravo Group’s teams are organized around the win, not in siloed disciplines. Some talk integration — they live it. Bravo Group partners with clients at every step, operating with integrity and delivering results. Specifically, their in-house capabilities span research and insights, strategic planning, compelling creative, digital marketing and media buying, public and media relations, coalition building, government relations and lobbying, analytics and measurement, and digital technology teams. Bravo Group’s solutions are grounded in data science but designed for humans, which gives their clients an edge to win tough fights. Founded in 1999 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as a one-person shop, the organization has now expanded with offices in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and presences in Washington, D.C., Texas and the United Kingdom.

HSBC Bank – Forward Together: Diversity & Inclusion Matter

HSBC Bank – Forward Together: Diversity & Inclusion Matter

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST


Wyatt Crowell, Head of the US Commercial Bank, will be joined by Medina Jett, Diversity & Equity Strategist and CEO of Jett Speaks LLC, and Tracy Redfern, HSBC Head of People Excellence to share tips on how to build a workplace where respect is the foundation of your culture and better understand diversity and how it makes today’s organizations stronger.

Fisher & Phillips – International Business Travel, Worker Safety and COVID-19 in 2021

Fisher & Phillips – International Business Travel, Worker Safety and COVID-19 in 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

1:00 – 2:30 pm EST


COVID-19 continues to disrupt operations for many businesses and those who have employees that must travel and/or work internationally are still feeling the pinch of restrictions. Please join us as we discuss the outlook for international travel in 2021, compliance with travel restrictions, testing, quarantine obligations and pay, vaccines, and international work-from-home rules. Through a series of actual case studies, this interactive webinar will cover the above topics as well as best practices for those areas. An extended Q&A session will be held at the end of the program and attendees are invited to submit their questions in advance if they’d like to make sure they are covered in this session.

International Women’s Day: From Resilience to Power: Women’s Leadership to Forge a Gender Equal World in a Time of Disruption

International Women’s Day: From Resilience to Power: Women’s Leadership to Forge a Gender Equal World in a Time of Disruption

Monday, March 8, 2021

11:00 am – 12:15 pm EST


On International Women’s Day, BAB will bring together leaders across our mutual networks to celebrate the achievements of women business leaders, reflect on advancements made towards gender equality in the workplace, and take stock of the long road still ahead…

In 2020, we endured the twin crises of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic toll across the world. Studies corroborate what we see and know—that women bear the brunt of the social and economic losses from the pandemic, and are disproportionately affected in terms of job loss, and effects on health and well-being.

BAB will bring together corporate leaders to highlight the POWER, RESILIENCE and LEADERSHIP OF WOMEN in this challenging period, with a call to leverage our collective impact to chart the path towards recovery in 2021.

Register your interest to join us for this multi-part interactive program and important discussion in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fisher Phillips
  • HSBC
  • International Products Corporation
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Welsh Government