The Fellowship Programme sprung back into life in January, as we began the year with nine parliamentarians taking 11 Fellowship visits across the UK. Education about the UK financial sector remained a popular topic with our parliamentarians, while other visits focused on sectors such as technology, manufacturing, sustainable development, aerospace, energy, and trade.
Our bumper series of financial visits began with Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, who spent three days with Barclays in Canary Wharf this month. His first visit, on Monday 08 January, focused on how the financial services sector plans strategically and responds to changes such as Brexit. On Monday 15 January he returned to learn about how the sector interacts with regulators, and on Monday 22 January he completed his programme with a briefing on the rise of innovation and the impact it is having on banking services and products.
Elsewhere on Friday 12 January, Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East and former Shadow Chancellor, visited St James' Place Wealth Management in Cirencester, where he met with several senior experts and had lunch with Managing Director David Lamb, discussing St James’s approach to investment management. Lastly, on Monday 29 January, Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, continued his Brexit-focused fellowship with a briefing from Standard Life Aberdeen.
Lord Holmes of Richmond continued his fellowship in tech innovation on Wednesday 24 January as he visited a DHL factory in Wisbech to see first-hand how robotics are developing manufacturing.
The next day, Nominet hosted its first ever IPT fellow at its headquarters in Oxfordshire, as Alex Sobel, MP for Leeds North West, built on his existing interest in the tech sector with a visit to learn about advancements in technology that will shape the future of the UK and its digital skills landscape.
This month, Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, began his postgraduate fellowship - after completing his 15-day fellowship in heritage in 2011 - with a visit on Monday 22 January to The Crown Estate's St James's development in central London, where he toured the estate and learned about their approach to sustainable development.
Meanwhile Chris Matheson, MP for the City of Chester, continued his education into the aviation sector at Boeing's UK flight training site in Crawley. The highlight of the visit for Chris was the opportunity to test out Boeing’s full-flight simulators and experience the exclusive 787 training suite, which is situated in their 4,900 square meter Flight Services facility.
Rounding up January with a couple of briefing-based fellowship visits were Chris Law MP and Mike Wood MP, both of whom met with trade associations. Chris Law, MP for Dundee West and SNP spokesperson for climate justice, met with Energy UK on Wednesday 10 January to discuss the renewables landscape in the UK. On Friday 26 January Mike Wood MP visited the Black Country Chamber of Commerce near his Dudley South constituency to discuss international trade and skills issues with local SMEs.
It has been a busy month and we are very grateful to all our host organisations who gave their time to educate parliamentarians about the world of industry this month. We look forward to a busy February!