The United Kingdom’s Economic Recovery after the Meltdown

International Roundtable

March 15, 2012: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Consul General Robert Chatterton Dickson will assess the UK's policies of fiscal consolidation and financial stability and how they impact the private sector. In response to the worldwide economic meltdown, the United Kingdom embarked on a program of austerity. This discussion will cover the long term considerations, in particular, deficit reduction, the balance between cutting spending and raising revenue, the UK's continued AAA rating and the Eurozone crisis. He will also provide insights on the policies' objectives to promote growth and London's role as the main financial centre in Europe as part of that strategy.


Gleacher Center
Midway Club Boardroom, 5th Floor
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:



300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)

$6.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period

Garage: Self Park Facility

Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:

Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.

a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street

b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.


No Charge


Register Online

At times, we need to upgrade the room size to accommodate you so registering in advance helps make things go smoother.

Deadline: 3/15/2012


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Drinks at The Midway Club, Fifth Floor

Speaker Profiles

Robert Chatterton Dickson (Speaker)
Her Majesty’s Consul General, British Consulate-General - Chicago

Robert Chatterton Dickson took up the post of British Consul General, Chicago on 26 July 2010.

Previously, Robert was Joint Head of the Counter Terrorism Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. As Joint Head he shared the leadership of a team of over 80 staff responsible for the FCO contribution to counter terrorism policy and operations.

From 2004 to 2007 he served as British Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia. Earlier diplomatic experience included working on Iraq, NATO and UN peacekeeping in London, and postings to the British Embassies in Manila and Washington. Before joining the FCO he worked as an analyst and UK and international investment manager for Morgan Grenfell & Co, a merchant bank in the City of London.

Robert is married to Teresa Albor, an artist who was born in the US. They have daughters aged 14 and 12 and two grown children from Teresa's first marriage.


Karl L. Buschmann 

847 310 0412

Other Information


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--Regular attendance

--Programming: identifying interesting topics and securing speakers

--Administration: writing publicity, publicizing events through the University and roundtable email distribution list channels, and coordinating with the Alumni Office



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