• 9:15-9:30

Guest registration

  • 9:30-10:00

Briefing by HMG representatives on the Integrated Review refresh

  • 10:00-10:15 

Group discussion on IR23

  • 10:15-10:30 

Updates from the Department of Business & Trade

  • 10:30 

Event concludes


Tom Burn

Burn is Head of the Foreign and Security Policy Team within the British Embassy in Beijing. He’s been in post since 2020, following a year of full-time Mandarin language training. Before coming to Beijing, Tom was head of the UK Government Myanmar Unit from 2017 to 2019, while he held the post of Second Secretary in Australia (Canberra) from 2010 to 2015 and in Iran (Tehran) from 2006 to 2009.
Tom holds an MSc in International Relations from the LSE and a BA in History from the University of Warwick.
Adam Pickford

Adam is First Secretary for Economic and Trade Policy in the British Embassy Beijing.
Adam started in this role in September 2022. His responsibilities include advising UK Government ministers and senior officials on how China’s domestic and international economic developments impact on the UK; facilitating and participating in UK-China dialogue (including responsibility for the UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue); and helping UK Government departments to make policy decisions in relation to China.

Adam has worked in a number of economic policy roles across UK government, including coordinating the UK’s policy on Asia Pacific and China in the Cabinet Office; elements of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU; negotiating international agreements between the UK and Switzerland, Turkey and Norway; policy coordination on energy, environmental and infrastructure issues; and leading on a number of health and economic policy issues, including in relation to social care funding. 
Adam holds a postgraduate degree in economics and an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He speaks intermediate level Mandarin Chinese (HSK4) and is continuing his studies. 

Gwyneth Jones

Gwyneth has covered economic security in the British Embassy Beijing since 2021. In this role she advises British and Chinese companies on UK national security legislation and supports teams in the UK with analysis and policy development.

She has previously worked across trade and national security issues in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Cabinet Office and the Department for International Trade. 

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