Autumn Discussion 2018

Thursday 11 October at 6.45pm - Ely Cathedral

How to be Good : Business

To be a good doctor means more than just being good at medicine. Technical excellence is only part of any profession's definition of goodness. But how, in today's world, how do you work out what goodness means in your profession?

Ely Cathedral Business Group have lined up fantastic panel of speakers including The Guardian journalist and founding member of The Independent Andrew Brown, senior civil servant and former infantry officer in the British Army Edward Wingfield, local HR professional Beverly Dixon, and the award winning author Francis Spufford. Under the awe inspiring octagon tower, they will discuss the rules, the responsibilities, the potential and the pitfalls of their work in an open forum facilitated by Michael Watson, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Avon.

Plus, we’ll be joined by Mike Bushore who will discuss the challenges of programming ethical responses into robots deployed in the futures market on the trading floor. Mike Bushore is the CEO and Board Director at Tyler Capital, a London-based trading firm, focused on the systematic application of machine learning to the global financial markets. Mike is the architect of the firm’s global strategy, oversees performance management for the group, assists in the product design of the machine-learning agent, and coordinates trading and operations for the firm.

Entry is free of charge and includes a glass of wine and nibbles. We have committed ourselves to raising over £1000 for our designated charity the Ely Foodbank by the end of 2018 and will be encouraging donations on the door.


6.45pm - Wine Reception

7.10pm - Welcome, and Introduction to How to be Good

7.30pm - Talk by Mike Bushore - Ethics in Robotics

8pm - Question Time and Panel Discussion : 'the rules, the responsibilities, the potential and the pitfalls'

Michael Watson Facilitator and joint chair of ECBG

Francis Spufford is the author of five books of non-fiction and a best selling novel, Golden Hill, which won the Costa First Novel Award for 2016, the Ondaatje Prize as well as being shortlisted for many more. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Beverly Dixon is Group HR Director at G's Fresh, a major agricultural business with its roots in the Fens. She has worked as an HR professional throughout the food supply chain and has created an extensive training framework to develop skills for people working in agriculture. She is Director of MDS Ltd and a visiting Lecturer at London's CASS Business School. She champions sound ethical working practices throughout the supply chain, securing a reliable supply of seasonal labour. She is a Trustee of Rural Cambridgeshire Citizens Advice Bureau and joint chair of the Ely Cathedral Business Group.

Andrew Brown is a journalist, writer and editor. He was one of the founding members of The Independent, where he worked as a religious correspondent, parliamentary sketch writer, and a feature writer. He has written extensively on technology for Prospect and for the New Statesman and has been a feature writer on the Guardian. He has worked as the editor for the Belief section of the Guardian's Comment is Free which won a Webby Award for excellence on the internet. He is currently a leader writer and member of the paper's editorial board. He is the press columnist for the Church Times. In the Beginning was the Worm (2004) was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize. Fishing In Utopia (2008) won the Orwell Prize. His latest book, That Was the Church, That Was, with Linda Woodhead, appeared in 2016.

Edward Wingfield served as an infantry officer in the British Army for 16 years, including operational tours of Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded a rifle company in Basra in 2006, led an advisor team embedded in the headquarters of an Afghan National Army brigade in Helmand in 2012 and spent two years working on Afghan policy in the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Since leaving the army he has worked for a US bank and as a civil servant.