Wilton Wednesday - October 16

Wilton Wednesday – October 16 - Knowledge factory

The October Wilton Wednesday takes place at 12pm on 16th October in the Exhibition Area, featuring talks from industry experts including:

Introducing Digital Isn’t Always About Transformation.
David Dixon, Investment Manager , Digital City

DigitalCity has two main mandates:
• Help technology and digital businesses to grow
• Assist key Tees Valley sectors adopt digital to help them become more productive and profitable.

DigitalCity is a brand of Teesside University and operates solely across the Tees Valley.
David’s role is split into two offerings:
• Helping to animate and educate senior leaders/business owners on the benefits (productivity and profitability) and the consequences of introducing digital into business operations.
• Helping technology, digital and creative businesses improve how they operate, bring new products and services to market, grow and achieve investment . In this capacity, David has successfully created a unique business growth programme, DigitalCity SCALE and latterly going went on to develop a unique investor readiness programme.

David Dixon is an Investment Manager at DigitalCity and is Non-Executive Director for one of the UK’s market leading booking software companies.
He has worked for many years in the private and public sector provided business consultancy and coaching services.
He has an excellent understanding of the skills agenda (commercial and Government funded) having held a Head of Business Development role at a local College.
He has developed an innovative service relating to competence assurance for the petrochemical sector. This high value service was latterly rolled out nationwide.
He has successfully produced and introduced a business strategy for a £50million turnover operation and directly assisted a number of companies raise investment.

Brexit: What does it mean for chemical regulation?
Scott Watson, Snr Regulatory Affairs Consultant, Enviresearch Ltd

This presentation will explore the consequences that the UK’s exit from the EU will have on the regulation of chemicals for UK businesses, with a particular focus on those currently regulated under the EU REACH regulation and the impact of the UK leaving without a withdrawal agreement in place (i.e. a “no deal Brexit”). The latest advice on the actions which businesses should now be taking to ensure continued regulatory compliance in the UK and EU in the event of a no deal Brexit will also be discussed.

The UK’s withdrawal from the EU is expected to have a significant impact upon the function of numerous businesses and industries, not least the UK chemical industry.
With the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals in the UK largely regulated through EU laws, the UK’s exit from the EU could lead to significant changes in the procedures and systems that businesses must follow to ensure continued regulatory compliance both in the UK and EU.
However, the nature and extent of these regulatory changes will depend upon the terms on which the UK leaves the EU.

Scott Watson is a Senior Regulatory Affairs Consultant at Enviresearch Ltd. Scott graduated with a Masters degree in Chemistry from Durham University in 2004, before staying on to complete a PhD in the field of chemical nanoscience (2004-2008).
Following six years working in academic research at the Chemical Nanoscience Laboratories based at Newcastle University, Scott joined the Chemicals Regulation Division of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in May 2015. As a Regulatory Scientist, Scott contributed to the work of HSE in delivering regulatory responsibilities on behalf of the UK government concerning pesticides, biocides, and chemicals regulated under REACH.
In November 2017, Scott moved to his current position as a Regulatory Affairs Consultant at Enviresearch Ltd where he provides support to the chemical industry on the regulatory requirements and procedures for the registration of pesticides, biocides and REACH chemicals in the EU. Scott also offers technical expertise in the areas of physicochemical properties, analytical methods, and pesticide residues in food as part of the registration dossier preparation and risk assessment services offered by Enviresearch.

Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone you feel will benefit from attending. As usual a free buffet lunch will be included for all attendees. Please RSVP to michael.anderson@wiltoncentre.co.uk to reserve a place and enable us to sort the catering requirements.