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VMA and VEDP Webinar: The US/UK Trade Agreement - Recovery and Prosperity
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VMA and VEDP Webinar: The US/UK Trade Agreement - Recovery and Prosperity

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
From 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Zoom Virtual Meeting
United States
Contact: Jennifer Parham
(757) 628-2663

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Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Registration: Free

Platform: Zoom



The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Minister of State for Trade Policy

 Antony Phillipson
British Consul General in New York and HM Trade Commissioner for North America Company

Speaker Biographies:

The Right Honorable Greg Hands MP

Greg Hands was appointed Minister of State for Trade Policy in the Department for International Trade (DIT) on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Minister of State in the Department for International Trade from 2016 to 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hammersmith and Fulham in 2005, and for Chelsea and Fulham in 2010.

The Minister of State for Trade Policy’s principal responsibilities include:

  • trade relating to the devolved administrations
  • trade for development
  • Official Development Assistance (ODA)

He also supports the Secretary of State with securing new free trade agreements with the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan 
engagement with, the World Trade Organization (WTO) the UK’s tariff policy.

Antony Phillipson

Antony Phillipson was announced as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America in February 2018. He became Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York in November 2017. Antony joined the Civil Service in 1993 and has held a number of posts in Her Majesty’s Government which include Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington, Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Head of the FCO Iran Coordination Group, High Commissioner to Singapore, Director (EU External), European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office, and Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU).

The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city. The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.

The Consul General leads the government’s work promoting UK economic, commercial, political and consular interests in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

The HM Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America oversees all Department for International Trade (DIT) work in North America including:

  • growing the overall bilateral trade and investment relationship
  • improving market access for British companies, including small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • developing finance and trade policy

The HMTC also works closely with the wider diplomatic network and UK based colleagues to coordinate HMG activity on our wider prosperity agenda.

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