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Expert Panel Discussion – Graduate opportunities in the West and China: Facing the Challenges of the next 10 years

Date: 26 April 2017

Event: Expert Panel Discussion


Relations between China and the UK have never been better with a shared commitment to building a global comprehensive strategic partnership at a higher level. Cross-cultural communication, exchange and business interaction have been increasing, most notably in education. Over the next ten years, Chinese graduates will face new challenges entering the job market and realising their potential to start their careers in top-tier global companies.


The purpose of this high-level panel discussion is to gain insights into the challenges facing Chinese graduates in the UK and the need for their transformation into global citizens and life-long learners. Companies need to attract the right people, with the right skills and experience, to help them achieve good governance and performance for their future sustainability. What challenges will Chinese students face starting their career and what opportunities await them?


Mark Patterson – Non-Executive Director and Senior Adviser to a number of internationally focused enterprises; Formerly at Standard Chartered, ANZ Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank


Carrie Waley – CEO and Founder of Mandarin Consulting; Previously worked in a variety of industries including hospitality, public relations and media sectors in Hong Kong and the UK

David Peckham – Former Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and PA Consulting Group Management Consultant; Director of Mandarin Consulting

Patrick Reid – Consultant and Coach; External supervisor and academic with University of Manchester, University of Warwick and Robert Kennedy College; Formerly a director with AstraZeneca, with some 20 years’ experience spanning IT, Marketing and eBusiness

Brian Renwick – Formerly, Head of HR at HSBC, plus 20 years in Management Consulting; Head Coach and Head of Programme Management at Mandarin Consulting

Date Time



26th April 2017 5-7pm

Lecture Theatre B, University of Manchester, University Place, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

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