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German British Forum


Mark Hastings, Institute for Family Business

  • Speaker Role: Keynote Speaker II
  • Speaker Details: Director General of the Institute for Family Business (IFB)

Mark is Director General of the Institute for Family Business (IFB), the UK’s largest and leading organisation representing and promoting the interests of Britain’s family business sector – which generates a quarter of UK GDP and provides over nine million jobs.

He is a strategic communications and public affairs professional, with a track record of leading and delivering high profile agenda-setting public policy, media and stakeholder programmes that have significantly enhanced the reputation and results of organisations.

Before joining the IFB he spent ten years as director of communications of The British Beer & Pub Association and five years as head of policy for the Institute of Management.

Before this, Mark spent 10 years in management consultancy focusing on the delivery of public policy and communications counsel for senior management in a range of blue chip companies.  He has an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a B Soc Sc in Political Science from Birmingham University.  He is married with two children.


The Institute for Family Business is the UK’s leading family business organisation and the voice of family business in Britain.  It is an independent, not-for-profit, membership association, which promotes UK family businesses and provides learning and networking opportunities, to support the growth, development and sustainability of the family business sector.  The IFB’s membership is predominantly made up of large and medium-sized family firms.

Mark’s presentation will focus on the vital contribution the family business sector makes to the UK economy, its position as a key engine of jobs and growth, the opportunities to enhance its role as a strategic economic partner and why family business matters to policy makers.