PODCAST EPISODE

13. Brexit Musing: Dissecting negotiations in the backdrop of the U.S. elections with FTI Consulting

EACCNY Pulse: Transatlantic Business Insights

Nov 19 2020 • 22 mins


In this episode of the "EACCNY Brexit Musings", we will hear from Alex Deane, Senior Managing Director & Head of UK Public Affairs at FTI CONSULTING and Dr. Erica Elliott Richardson, Managing Director in the FTI CONSULTING US Public Affairs practice. Their discussion will begin with a deep dive into where negotiations have currently got to and what this means for expectations for 3rd party deals and for others. Alex and Erica will then muse on the ramifications that the US Elections have on Brexit relations and what the outcome means for both the UK and the EU. Who are the winners and losers? Which sectors will benefit the most? What does this mean for UK/US trade relations? Listen to the podcast to find out more.

Alex Deane is a Senior Managing Director at FTI CONSULTING. He is Head of UK Public Affairs within the Strategic Communications practice, and is based in London.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in advocacy and has worked with numerous high profile individuals and companies in a senior advisory capacity. Alex joined FTI Consulting in 2014, and works with professionals from across the firm, advising clients from the Healthcare, IT and Communications, Engineering, Energy, Chemical and Financial Services sectors. Prior to joining FTI Consulting he served as Head of Public Affairs at another leading multinational agency.

A Cambridge graduate, Alex practised as a barrister for several years. He served as the founding Director of Big Brother Watch and often appears in the media as a political commentator; he is a Sky News regular and a BBC Dateline London panellist.

An active member of the Conservative Party since 1995, Alex served as Chief of Staff to David Cameron and Tim Collins during their respective periods as Shadow Secretaries of State for Education in opposition. In 2007, he was asked to serve as an adviser to the Liberal Party's campaign for re-election at the federal polls under John Howard.

Erica Elliott Richardson is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications segment. As a member of the Financial Services sector team, Dr. Richardson brings expertise in communications, financial services policy, US Congress and international government. She possesses nearly twenty years of experience in strategic public affairs, in both the government and private sectors.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Dr. Richardson served as a political appointee to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), approved by the Executive Office of the President. Her government service also includes almost a decade working for the U.S. Congress, during which time she worked on the highest profile political and policy issues.

In the private sector, Dr. Richardson has advised domestic and international clients on global public policy and communications in the US, UK, European Union and emerging markets.

During her tenure at the CFTC, Dr. Richardson was responsible for strategic communications and brand management of the agency. She was involved in the strategic planning for all external-facing Commission matters including legal, domestic and international policy, risk surveillance, and examinations programs; educating policymakers on the importance of risk transfer markets to economic growth and employment; agency efforts related to digital assets; and the Commission’s overall enforcement program and individual investigations.

On Capitol Hill, Dr. Richardson served as the top spokesperson for the now-Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Dr. Richardson was an architect of The Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (H.R.2940), which became law as part of the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3606), signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 5, 2012.

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