Circle Sq. Fortnightly Virtual Coffee Morning

Join us every other Friday at 11am via Zoom. Everybody is welcome. Join the conversation.

“Coffee mornings with Circle Sq are part of our routine now.” – Professor Dennis Snower, member


“The friendliness of Circle Sq. comrades is so welcome in these times. It will be lovely when we all meet directly again having made closer friendships at a distance.” – Jane Emerson, member

Circle Sq. virtual coffee mornings began as a way of connecting members during Covid and have now become a much-loved feature of our programme. Each time we gather, a guest speaker joins us to lead a lively discussion on the weekly theme as introduced in the Monday newsletter.


  • 2nd April: Jane Emerson, speech and language therapist, specialist SEN teacher and founder of Emerson House on ‘Supporting children/grandchildren through Covid’
  • 9th April: Michael Falter, founder of Facsimile Editions and publisher of reproductions of ancient artefacts on ‘Keeping our Spirits Up’
  • 23rd April: Neil Behrmann, financial journalist and author on ‘The Economic Impact of Covid-19’
  • 30th April: Rosemary Lawrence, amateur gardener on ‘Spring Gardening’
  • 7th May: Adam Le Bor, Financial Times journalist and author on ‘Open Source Intelligence’
  • 14th May: Carl Honoré, global guru on the art of slowing down on ‘Slower Living’
  • 21st May: John Steinberg, author and playwright on ‘Writing in a Time of Crisis’
  • 28th May: Spencer Hyman, founder of Cocoa Runners on ‘Artisan Foods and Craft Chocolate’
  • 4th June: Ann Robinson, GP and health columnist on ‘The Changing Face of Healthcare’
  • 11th June: Jonathan Joseph, property developer on ‘Revival of the British High Street’
  • 18th June: Professor Dennis Snower, economist, on ‘Creative Economic Solutions in a Crisis’
  • 25th June: Sara Collins, psychoanalyst, on ‘Volunteering in mental health during the crisis’
  • 2nd July: John Bowers Q.C., Principal, Brasenose College, Oxford, on ‘The Future of Higher Education.’
  • 9th July: Tim Walford-Fitzgerald, private client partner, HW Fisher, on ‘Inheritance Tax: Planning for the Future’
  • 16th July: Belinda Harding, artist, on ‘Creative Expression in Difficult Times’
  • 10th September: Michael Zur-Szpiro, on branding
  • 17th September: Nicola Glucksmann, psychoanalyst, on mediation.
  • 1st October: Travel Insurance Clinic with Steve Browne, Towergate Travel
  • 15th October: Caroline Elton, psychologist and author, on ‘The Lot of a Doctor
  • 29th October: Terence Lovell, Chief Engagement and Marketing Officer at blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, on how they adapted during the recent crisis.
  • 12th November: Neil Monnery, author, on “Prosperity & Stagnation: Hong Kong and Cuba” 
  • 26th November: Marc Schneidermann, director, Arlington Residential on “The latest trends in London’s residential property market.”
  • 10th December: Phil Champain, director, Faith and Belief Forum, on “Embracing Diverse Faiths”
  • 21st January: Wayne Channon, chairman, IOS Pharma (formerly Stabilitech BioPharma) on “Progress in World Vaccinations”
  • 28th January: Toby Ryland, partner, corporate tax and Mike Block, head of Indirect Tax Department, at HW Fisher on “Brexit: What Happens Now?” 
  • 11th February: Ivor Seddon, founder, Speedy Products, on “Building a Business in China”
  • 25th February: Simon Tilsiter, managing director, Strettons, on “‘It’s Only Rent Collection!’ A Day in the Life of a Commercial Property Manager”
  • 11th March: Sara Collins, psychoanalyst, on “Psychology and Opera”
  • 26th March: Neville Shulman on “The Exploits and Adventures of Neville Shulman CBE”
  • 1st April: CBF Wealth Management on “The Bank of Mum and Dad” 
  • 30th April: Michael Gross, member, Circle Sq. on “HS2: Not a Fast Train to the North but a Gravy Train to Nowhere”
  • 13th May: Richard Miron, member, Circle Sq. and founder Earshot Strategies on “Podcasts – the audio campfire for the 21st Century” 
  • 27th May: Marcus Bowman, member Circle Sq. on “Mediation Unpacked”
  • 10th June: Hugh Knowles, co-executive director, Friends of the Earth on Friends of the Earth at 50: The Climate Emergency”
  • 24th September: Andrew Maurice, member Circle Sq. and creator of educational animation Betty ‘n’ Drew on “An Atypical Career”
  • 8th October: Dr. Richard Pyper, member, Circle Sq. on “Medical Errors: Avoidable, Negligent or Human Error?’