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The 2023 Annual NED Debate


Wednesday 22 February 2023


5.00pm Registration; 5.30 - 7.00pm
The Debate; 7.00 - 8.30pm Networking/drinks


WTW, The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ



The proposed Debate Motion is: “This House believes good Chairmen are born, not made”.



The Debate Chairman will again be Barry Gamble who has previously chaired a number of NED debates. In adopting the debate format to explore a very topical issue we are recognising there may be a close parallel between a debate and a boardroom. In each situation, there must be careful listening, respect for the opposing view and an atmosphere of constructive challenge to allow insights to fully develop. A good decision will hopefully result through the examination of alternative approaches.



The formal debate style really has its place particularly when tackling difficult and contentious topics. The debaters will be speaking without PowerPoint presentations or props and relying on words alone to persuade and win over the Floor.

The Debate will be a lively, interactive session with an indicative vote on the Motion at each end of the formal debating process and in the past votes have moved and been swayed by both the debaters and participants from the Floor - we therefore encourage YOU to attend and to get involved and make a difference from the Floor.



The Debate teams will be hand-picked to provide a range of views and perspectives. Teams still to be announced.



“I really liked the format and the way it was facilitated and set up”

“Excellent job and the format allowed more easily for contrasting points of view. The participants did a very good job - nice balance of views and styles”

“I thought the debate itself was great with some very interesting leaders and proposals with great chairing by Barry”

“9/10... Don’t ask me what would get a 10/10, but you have to leave something to go for next time!”

“10/10 for a debate rather than a speech. Excellent choice of panel of speakers and inclusion of the floor”


Look out for further details to be announced.






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