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March 22nd, 2018 : The Royal Geographical Society, London

Lord Chris Holmes MBE

Lord Holmes of Richmond and Great Britain's most successful Paralympic Swimmer

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Insights into the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence

Chris is one of Britain's greatest Paralympians, amassing nine gold, five silver and two bronze medals across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona in 1992.

In 2013 Chris entered the House of Lords as Lord Holmes of Richmond and in 2015 was appointed as a Diversity Adviser to the civil service. He is also a non-executive Director at Channel 4.

Prior to this, Chris was Director of Paralympic Integration at the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). He played a vital role in ensuring consistent delivery across the Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2012. From 2013-2017, Chris was non-executive director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Chris's breadth of experience, from Captain of the GB swimming team to Director of the Paralympics and now adviser to the civil service, brings an incredible range of expertise to the project of identifying, nurturing and developing talent.

After retiring from competitive swimming Chris worked as a freelance journalist and broadcaster at sporting events across the world, before qualifying and working as a commercial lawyer specialising in employment and pensions. He undertakes regular speaking engagements for corporate, sporting and community based organisations.

Session Overview

Insights into the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence

Chris currently sits on the Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence appointed to consider the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in artificial intelligence. Other members include David Puttnam and Joan Bakewell. He will have spent the 12 months prior to the Future Talent Conference in March 2018 meeting an eclectic range of those interested in these issues to gather evidence. The Committee has to report by 31 March 2018, and Chris will share some reflections of the insights that he has gained.