Tuesday 29 August 2017 (12noon for 12.15pm - 2pm)
Venue: Gordon Highlanders Museum, St Luke's, Viewfield Road, Aberdeen AB15 7XH

SCDI are delighted to be continuing our series of 'Meet The Politician' engagement sessions in the North East of Scotland, delivered in partnership with Oil & Gas UK.

In this next in a series with senior representatives from the Liberal Democrat, Conservative, Labour & SNP parties, we are delighted that our members will on this occasion have the opportunity to engage with guest speaker Hannah Bardell MP, Westminster Spokesperson on Trade & Investment - Scottish National Party.

SCDI's 'Meet the Politician' events, in partnership with Oil & Gas UK, give our broad-based membership the opportunity to question an influential Politician about current policies and issues that affect them in an informal setting and under the Chatham House rule. They help Politicians to understand the latest concerns of SCDI members and they therefore assist in the policy-making process.

Hannah Bardell joined the SNP's election campaign for the 2007 Scottish Parliament election. For three years, she worked for Alex Salmond and Ian Hudghton MEP, before working for the US State Department in their Edinburgh Consulate. She then moved to the oil & gas industry, initially with Subsea 7 and latterly for Stork as Head of Communications & Marketing for the UK, Africa & Norway.

She contested and won the Livingston seat for the SNP in the 2015 UK General Election and retained that seat in this year's snap Election in June 2017. She has held the Business, Innovation & Skills brief for the SNP at Westminster and is currently their Spokesperson for Trade & Investment.

Key issues for this meeting will include numerous issues linked to the Brexit negotiations and what the SNP sees as the key asks the UK Government should be targeting to secure as favourable a trading position with the other EU member states as possible. In addition, the Scottish Government's review of Enterprise & Skills agencies makes it likely there will be changes to Scotland's trade and investment body, Scottish Development International (SDI). What might these be and how will they benefit the Scottish economy?

Please note that SCDI member places for this session MUST be requested & registered in advance with fiona.downie@scdi.org.uk