Update on Australia/UK trade agreement

Update on Australia/UK trade agreement

Aug 13
Join Trustees from across the country for a discussion on Australia/UK trade relationships with British Consul-General (Sydney), Michael Ward.


Michael Ward, Consul-General, British Consulate-General

Event overview

British Consul-General and and Director General UK Trade & Investment Australia and New Zealand, Michael Ward, will lead a discussion on trade relationships and progress of the Australia/UK Free Trade Agreement, commenting on: 

  • The Australia/UK economic opportunity: two-way trade and investment, and beyond;
  • Why an Australia/UK Free Trade Agreement is an important part of UK ambition in the region and globally; 
  • Reasons to be cheerful about our two-way trade and investment, and the sectors supporting future growth and recovery; and
  • How do we grow trade when people can’t travel as easily, due to the pandemic?
Roundtable start times:
SA/NT: 1.55pm
WA: 12.25pm

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.

Meet the speaker

Michael Ward
Consul-General, British Consulate-General

Michael Ward is a career diplomat who has specialised in European affairs and trade promotion. He took up his position as Consul General in Sydney, and Deputy Trade Commissioner, Department for International Trade, Australia and New Zealand, in February 2017.

Prior to his posting to Australia, Michael was a senior director at the Department for International Trade, where he led the operation to transform the way the department supports and serves larger numbers of UK exporters and foreign direct investors.  Prior to this role, Michael was Minister-Counsellor Commercial at the British Embassy in Paris and Regional Director Inward Investment for Europe. Other roles at the department include Director, Strategic Relationship Management and Director, Infrastructure and Low Carbon.

Michael has also served at the UK Representation to the EU and as a Foreign Policy Advisor at the European Commission. 
Trustee event advice - Coronavirus

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