March, 2017: The Mass Transit Corporation of Hong Kong (MTR)’s UK business appointed Douglas Blausten as their Consultant, Property and Development Planning – Europe, to advise them on corporate development strategies for Over Station Property Development, primarily on the South West Train routes
February, 2017: Douglas Blausten chaired a policy discussion meeting with Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor, The University of Buckingham. Subject: ‘The role of the Cabinet Office in British political history’
February, 2017 The sixth Whitehall Lecture: Richard Brown, CBE, DL – Non Executive Director Department of Transport and Network Rail and HS2 (former CEO and Chairman, Eurostar). Subject: ‘UK Transport – are we investing enough to avoid gridlock and meet the capacity challenge?’
January, 2017: Ben Judah, British Journalist and Author. Mr. Judah spoke to the Cambridge Whitehall Group on the 600,000 people living underground, in poverty or in extreme distressed circumstances in London and discussed the alternative economy that exists. Based on his book ‘This is London’ the meeting formed part of the series of discussion the group has held on Social Mobility problems and policy issues in the UK.
The European Union Douglas Blausten chaired a series of pre and post Referendum discussions on Britain and the EU during 2016. Bronwen Maddox, Editor and Chief Executive, Prospect Magazine gave a talk on ‘Will Britain stay in the European Union?’, followed by The Rt. Hon. Lord of Howard of Lympne CH QC on the ‘The current political situation’ in the UK. Simon Walker, Director General, Institute of Directors gave a paper on ‘Where is the nuance in the European Referendum debate?’ and the Rt. Hon. Stephen Kinnock MP, gave an overview of the poltical situation just prior to the EU Referendum as did the Rt. Hon. David Lidington MP, Minister of State for Europe and Nato. The CWG published an Occasional Paper.