Ep 167: In Conversation with Baroness Neville Rolfe DBE CMG

BritCham Singapore

19-10-2023 • 19 mins

In light of Singapore International Cyber Security Week, we are delighted to have with us, in this very special segment of our In Conversation series, Baroness Neville Rolfe DBE CMG, talks to David Kelly, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore. Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG has been a minister in the Cabinet Office at the heart of the UK Government since 2022.

Lucy has a broad range of responsibilities, including Cyber Security and other national security related areas, the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (a £1 billion fund that tackles conflict, stability and security challenges overseas), tackling public sector fraud and the post Brexit trade border.

Lucy joined the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer in October 2013 and served as a junior minister in the Business, Culture and Treasury departments 2014-17. For much of this period, she was Minister for Intellectual Property and, in 2015-16, responsible for data protection. Lucy also worked at Tesco Plc from 1997 to 2013 and was an executive director on the main Board from 2006. She has served on the boards of ITV, PwC, Metro AG, and other organisations and has chaired EuroCommerce, the EU retail trade association, the UK ASEAN Business Council and Crown Agent.

Through the conversation, she discusses the shifts she feels are impacting businesses operating in both the UK and overseas, highlighting the influence of the move to the digital on economies and the opportunities it can bring for businesses – delving into the important role ASEAN plays in this realm.

Placing emphasis on the importance of the UK’s relationship with not only Singapore but ASEAN as a whole, she shares her insights on the importance of international cooperation in tackling challenges involving cybersecurity, fraud, and data protection – in particular, ensuring the improvement of professional standards across the board through supporting skills development as well as establishing inclusivity through increasing female representation within the industry.

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