Security and Resilience Lead: Following the appointment of Chris Philips as head of Security and Resilience ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and +44 (0) 7734 820971) he has chaired one workshop and we are planning further workshops and briefings throughout 2012. The first of these will take place on Tuesday 28th February in our offices in Waterloo should you wish to attend. The second will take place at the CT Expo, Olympia at the end of April (see www.counterterrorexpo.com). Thereafter these will be hosted at our Waterloo offices on a bi-monthly basis. Invitations will be sent out in February and MEN members will gain free access. We are looking for speaker sponsors for these events which will habitually take place from 4pm and will end with the regulatory networking session and drinks. Member’s guests and or senior management colleagues are most welcome.

Scotland: Given the major events taking place in Scotland, MEI plans to launch our Major Events Network (MEN) in Glasgow in March 2012 (date and venue tbc). Meetings are taking place between MEI, Scottish Development International (SDI), Scottish Enterprise and the Chambers of Commerce in Edinburgh and Glasgow in early February and a launch date will be announced thereafter. Jane Roy, MEI representative in Scotland ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and +44 (0) 7966 447737) is our POC for this event and for the bi-monthly briefings that will follow the launch. Invitations will be sent out in February. MEN members will gain free access and are most welcome to bring guests.

London: Meanwhile in London, our bi-monthly briefings will start again on Wednesday 7th March in the Holiday Inn, Regent’s Park. The focus of this briefing is Qatar as well as providing updates for planning purposes on the key 2012 Major Events related conferences. We hope to see strong support from our members and a large group of guests and prospective members. I will be approaching our members to discuss speaker slots and sponsorship options. In addition to these country and sector focused briefings we will be hosting regular Brazil briefings in our Waterloo offices. A forecast of events announcing all MEI hosted briefings and meetings will be published and distributed in February.

Brazil: Brazil remains very active for MEI and if you are not seeing our monthly Brazil Journal please let me know where you can keep up to date and also hear about MEI activities.

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