An excellent event with Alan Mak MP at the Coniston Hotel, members enjoyed a 3 course meal and an interesting evening.
Alan Mak MP is Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is the founder and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPF) on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, having led the first ever debate on the 4IR in Parliament in September 2016, founded the APPG on the 4IR in October 2016, and formally launched it in March 2017 with the Chancellor Philip Hammond.
Alan’s main political interests are the economy, business, technology and social mobility. He is also Co-Chairman of the APPGs for Entrepreneurship, and for Apprenticeships; and Chairman of the 1922 Committee’s International Trade Policy Sub-Committee. He won New Conservative MP of the Year Award at the 2017/18 MP of the Year Awards.
Before his election, Alan started and ran his own business having begun his career at Clifford Chance LLP in the City. He has invested in a number of tech start-ups, and started working for his family business when still at school. Alan was born and grew up in York, attended St. Peter’s School in York on a Government Assisted Place Bursary, and read law at Peterhouse, Cambridge University where he won the ECS Wade Prize for Administrative Law. He is the first MP of any party of British-Chinese heritage, was the first person in his family to attend university, and carried the London 2012 Olympic Torch in Bedale, Yorkshire in recognition of his charitable and voluntary work which includes serving as a school governor, founder of the Royal British Legion’s Young Professionals Branch, and President and Trustee of Magic Breakfast, Britain’s most successful school breakfast club charity.