"Doing well in business by doing good:" Myth or Reality?
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The Association for Strategic Planning (ASP) is launching in London this autumn, touching on a subject which is becoming more and more pertinent in the world of business and society as a whole.

When: 17 October, 2019
Where: Elexon
350 Euston Road
London NW1 3AW
United Kingdom
Contact: Sarah McIntosh
+1 844 345 2828

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Introduced by ASP President, Denise McNerney, the theme of the evening will be whether businesses can make profits whilst at the same time doing good for society.

Our keynote speaker, Alan Barlow, author of the recently published book, Profiting from Integrity, will lay foundations for the discussion, exploring Board level strategies, corporate purpose, and organisational culture. The experiences and issues raised by Alan will then be discussed and debated by a panel of industry experts, with Q&A from the audience. 

This will be a stimulating session, and if you do not know much about ASP at the moment, you will obtain a keen insight into the international membership association and its future plans. 


We are grateful to Mark Bygraves, CEO of Elexon, for hosting this event in their offices and for agreeing to be part of the panel.

The evening is open to both members and non-members and we welcome all to attend.  If you know of others who might benefit from or be interested in this subject, feel free to forward the link. Spaces will be limited so we encourage you to sign up as soon as you can.




            16.45     Registration

            17.15     Welcome and introduction to ASP - Denise McNerney, ASP President

            17.25     Key Note speaker, Alan Barlow: “Heightened Integrity: The New Strategic Imperative”  

            18.00     Presentations by three key panel speakers from Energy, Financial Services and Property

            18.30     Panel session facilitated by ASP President, with Q&A

            19.00     Networking and drinks

            19.30     Close


Followed by a Private Dinner for SPS Fellows only.


ASP and SPS Members/Fellows:  Free

Non-members: US$10


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About the Presenters


Alan Barlow has considerable international business experience, having had extensive P&L responsibilities for multi-country operations in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Middle East, East Africa and the subcontinent of India. 

His executive career is wide ranging and includes a range of different ownership types: partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (1979-1995), which includes five years' residence in the Asia Pacific region; director, FTSE 100/NYSE listed TED and TXU Europe, an integrated energy group (1996-2002); and, CEO, private equity owned mid-cap hi-tech, multinational engineering group (Hamworthy Combustion Group, 2004-2010). For the UK Foreign Office and Department of Industry, he was Chairman of its Hong Kong Business Advisory Group in the sensitive years of pre- and post-handover of sovereignty to China, and Council member of its China-British Trade Council (1992-2001).

Currently, Alan is a board member and trustee of Integrity Action and has a portfolio of board memberships. He completed his doctorate degree in economics from Oxford University. 


Mark Bygraves is Chief Executive of ELEXON which manages the wholesale electricity arrangements in Great Britain, ensuring that all electricity suppliers and generators pay for any imbalances in their electricity demand and generation for every half hour, every day of the year. 

ELEXON also calculates, collects and distributes payments under the Government’s Contracts for Difference and Capacity Market regime, which seek to encourage low carbon generation and ensure there is sufficient generation to meet demand.

As such ELEXON contracts with over 480 industry companies and processes around £2.5bn pa.

At a time of major change in the electricity sector, ELEXON continues to deliver these essential services and to support stakeholders including government, regulator and industry, in evolving the market arrangements to address current and future challenges.

Mark brings over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector in a career as Lawyer, Director of M&A, Investment Banker, Commercial Director and CEO.  


Sebastian Charles is an experienced solicitor in the planning, property and environmental law fields. For ten years he was a partner in international law firm K&L Gates where he ultimately became global head of land use planning.  Before that Sebastian worked at another international law firm, Norton Rose, and in the East Anglian offices of national firm Eversheds. 3 years ago, with a colleague, he founded a boutique law firm: Aardvark Planning Law In 2019 Aardvark was recognised by The Times as one of the 200 Best Law Firms, topping the list (alphabetically).  Sebastian featured in the 2020 Best Lawyers Global Business Edition for planning law. 

Sebastian sits on the planning and environmental committee of the Law Society of England and Wales and is also a Legal Associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  He is currently co-opted onto the RICS working group on viability in planning.




Nigel Preston was educated at Blundell’s School and Somerset College of Art and Technology. In 1982 Nigel entered the Insurance industry working for the Edward Lumley Group as an Account Manager. Nigel also worked for Aflac and Bain Hogg specialising in various Sales and Marketing roles in their scheme division, before joining Jon Monkcom in 1995 as co-founder of the Wessex group.  The Wessex group is an independent provider of out sourced service solutions for leading insurance companies. Nigel is on the committee of Protect, an association of companies and individuals involved in the UK protection markets.


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