Future of Work
Speakers Sarah Olney MP, Paul Lucraft, Chair of LibDemsinBiz
Chairs Kevin Daws Vice-President of ALDTU & Simon Oliver Treasurer GLD
Moderator: Ross Benzie
The lockdown has made us think about whether we want to return to 'Business as Usual' after #Covid19
#COVID19 has had a profound effect on all of our lives whether we had to self-isolate or work from home or if we have been furloughed. There is much talk - and rightly so - about the opportunity of a "Green Recovery" following #COVID19 but what will this look like? Will we go back to 'Business as usual' or will the way we work actually change? What will work look like in the future? Home based? Office based? Full-time, part-time, casual, self-employed? How will this impact on how we live and how businesses function in the future?
Whilst the potential boost for cycling, walking and other forms of active travel is welcome, how will this be achieved? Will employers, where possible, relocate staff to the office nearest to where they live?
Sarah Olney MP
Sarah Olney is the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, and has been an MP continuously since 12 December 2019. She currently undertakes the roles of Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade). Previously worked as a qualified accountant for a wide variety of businesses and organisations, most recently the Historic Royal Palaces.
Paul Lucraft, Chair, Liberal Democrats in Business
Paul has been the Chair of Liberal Democrats in Business for 5 years. The group exists to facilitate and improve two-way communication between the Party and Businesses with regard to Policy and Business issues. A party member since the 1970's, he is also the treasurer for Mid-Sussex Lib Dems and, while he has stood in local authority elections in the past, he now focuses on campaigning and getting others elected.
Professionally, he'is a seasoned financial services industry expert, specialising in payment cards and financial risk. Initially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with what is now Deloittes, he then worked for TSB and Lloyds TSB for 12 years in finance, credit risk and fraud prevention and MasterCard for 9 years becoming General Manager of the UK and Ireland. He currently runs a specialist payments and risk consultancy business, and is a company director for several businesses.