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Dominic Barton

Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials.

Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004. He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council.

Dominic is also a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Dominic is the Co-Chair of the ‘Focusing Capital on the Long Term’ initiative along with Larry Fink (BlackRock), Andrew Liveris (Dow), Cyrus Mistry (Tata) and Mark Wiseman (BlackRock).  The initiative seeks to develop practical structures, metrics and approaches for longer-term behaviours in the investment and business worlds.

Dominic has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide.

Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007). Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived and worked.

In February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea and in August 2014 he was awarded the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore).

He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.  Dominic is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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Sara Bryson

Community Organiser, Tyne & Wear Citizens, Citizens UK

Sara Bryson is the Community Organiser for the newly formed Tyne & Wear Citizens. Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Launched by Citizens UK in 2001, the Living Wage campaign has won over £210 million of additional wages, lifting over 70,000 families out of working poverty.

Sara has worked with children, young people and communities to ensure their views and experiences inform policy, practice and research for over 15 years - both regionally and nationally within Sure Start Children’s Centres, Children’s Fund, The Children’s Society and the Office for the Children’s Commissioner for England. 
As the Policy & Research Manager at the regional children’s charity Children North East, Sara led on the child poverty programme of work. Developing ‘Poverty Proofing the School Day,’ a nationally celebrated programme to remove barriers to learning for disadvantaged pupils; managing Community Action on Poverty, community led solutions to poverty at a neighbourhood level; and coordinating Poverty Ends Now (PEN), a youth led initiative to tackle child poverty. PEN developed a children’s manifesto on poverty for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty. Sara was born and raised in the west end of Newcastle and studied at the London School of Economics. She is a 2016 (North East Specialist) Clore Social Leadership Fellow.

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Matthew Clifford MBE

Co-founder and CEO, Entrepreneur First

Matt Clifford co-founded Entrepreneur First in 2011. It is a London-based startup accelerator which assists promising UK and Central European tech graduates and those already working in technology firms to design and run their own startups. The program has helped establish 75 startups valued at $450 million in its first four years, including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable, StackHut, Pi-Top, OpenCosmos, Status Today and Cloud NC.

Matt is a trustee and non-executive director at techfortrade and an advisory board member for Sillicon Valley Comes to the UK.

In 2016, Matt was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to business.

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Charlie Cornish

Group Chief Executive, Manchester Airports Group PLC

Charlie Cornish took up his position as Group Chief Executive of the Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG) on 1st October 2010 with responsibility for the UK’s largest British-owned airport operator.

Prior to joining MAG, Charlie was Managing Director of Utility Solutions, the commercial business of United Utilities (UU) with operations in the UK, the Middle East, Australia, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia and Philippines. During his seven years at UU, Charlie was a Plc main Board Director of the FTSE 100 company.

Before UU, Charlie worked for a number of manufacturing and service companies including Plessey Telecommunications, British Aerospace and ABF.

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Claire Dove OBE, DL

Chief Executive Blackburne House Group; Former Chair of Social Enterprise UK

Claire Dove OBE, DL, has been a key player in the social enterprise movement since the early 1980s and has led the award-winning Blackburne House Group, one of the leading providers of adult and community education in the country, since its inception.

Blackburne House is a Beacon status college with a wide training remit for the women of Merseyside. The School for Social Entrepreneurs provides services across the Northwest of England. Over the past 30 years, the Blackburne House Group has successfully established a number of highly acclaimed, award winning social enterprises, whose products and services are sought throughout the country.

Claire has also worked to form national, regional and local policy that supports the right to education and training and promotes entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Claire was one of the three commissioners on the National Worklessness Panel that produced the Houghton Review.

From December 2007 to January 2017 Claire was Chair of Social Enterprise UK (SEUK). She is a member of the Alder Hey Hospital Trust and, until recently, was a Board Member for the Charity Commission. She has chaired the Liverpool Fairness Commission on behalf of Liverpool City Council, is currently serving on the Liverpool Mayoral Development Board and is chair of the Society Advisory Board for the British Council.

Claire was awarded an MBE for her work in the mid-nineties. She received an OBE in 2013 and was given the Queens Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion. She has an Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University, a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and was voted nationally as an exemplary leader in Regeneration. Claire is Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside.

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Lord John Eatwell

President, Queen's College, University of Cambridge; Professor Emiritus, Judge Business School

Lord Eatwell is president of Queens’ College, and emeritus professor of financial policy, University of Cambridge. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Southern California.

From 1985 to 1992 John Eatwell served as economic adviser to Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party. In 1992 he entered the House of Lords, and from 1993 to 1997 was Principal Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs, a position he resumed from 2010-13.

In 1988 he, with others, set up the Institute for Public Policy Research, one of Britain’s leading policy think-tanks, where he remains a trustee. He was a member of the Board of the Securities and Futures Authority, 1997-2001, and of the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Services Authority from 2001 until 2006. He is now Chairman of the Jersey Financial Services Commission.

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Grace Gould

Entrepreneur in Residence, LocalGlobe

Grace Gould is the founder of School of the Digital Age, a retail destination for new technology products.

Prior to this role, Grace was vice president of Retail Strategy at PCH International, an Irish custom design manufacturing company that works with Fortune 500 companies and hardware startups to develop, manufacture, package, and distribute products as well as manage supply chain. While at PCH International, Grace split her time between their Shenzhen, New York and San Francisco offices.

In 2014, Grace worked in Venture Capital for the London and San Francisco based firm Index Ventures, where she focused on early stage investments in the hardware and consumer space.

Grace began her work life at Apple Retail where she completed their Leadership Graduate Programme and, at 22, was part of the management team of the Regent Street Flagship store in London.

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Sandra Kerr OBE

Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Sandra Kerr is the National Campaign Director for Business in the Community’s Race Equality campaign, a business-led network of organisations from the private and public sector committed to race equality as part of good business practice.

Previously, Sandra worked in the Cabinet Office advising on diversity and policies on race, disability, gender, and work life balance across Whitehall. She also chaired the Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group (EMESG), sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, which advised Government on issues related to the employment and progression disadvantages that individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds face.

Sandra is Chair of the Trustee Board for Elevation Networks, an award-winning youth employment charity, and is a member of the Royal Society Diversity Committee.

In 2012 Sandra was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year’s honours list for services to Black and Minority Ethnic People, and in April 2015 she won the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Equality Award.

Sandra is the driving force behind the groundbreaking Business in the Community Race at Work survey in partnership with YouGov. This report and the related outputs are key contributions to the UK national debate on Race Equality in the UK workplace today.

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Lord Bob Kerslake

Chair of Peabody, Former Head of the Civil Service

Lord Kerslake is Chair of Peabody, Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Chair of London CIV, and is President-Elect of the Local Government Association.

A former Head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake led the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010, stepping down in February 2015.

Prior to his DCLG role, Lord Kerslake was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, where he was responsible for promoting new and affordable housing supply; supporting the regeneration of cities, towns and neighbourhoods; improving existing housing stock, and advancing sustainability and good design.

Before joining the Civil Service Lord Kerslake received a knighthood for his services to local government; spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and then a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council.

In early 2015, he was made a life peer, taking the title Baron Kerslake, of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield.

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Tom Kibasi

Commissioner, IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity

Shortly after his appointment in mid-2016, Tom founded and chaired the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice with leading figures from across business and society, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the General Secretary of the TUC, the Head of the City of London Corporation alongside community activists and organisers. Tom was a principal author and editor of the Commission’s final report, ‘Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy’ which was published in September 2018. The report was praised across the political spectrum with the Shadow Chancellor describing it as a ‘Beveridge Report for the economy’. 

Under Tom’s leadership, IPPR has had significant impact in areas ranging from the real choices on Brexit, recasting the relationship between tech and society, and the funding and reform of the health and care system. A recent independent survey of MPs found that IPPR was considered to be the second most influential domestic policy think tank by all MPs, and the most influential among Labour MPs in particular. IPPR’s communications have been modernised, with a new and more confident brand identity and much stronger engagement on social media. The relaunch of IPPR’s in-house journal has led to a doubling of its readership since 2015. 

Prior to joining IPPR, Tom spent more than a decade at McKinsey and Company, where he was a partner and held leadership roles in the healthcare practice in both London and New York. Tom helped government institutions with healthcare reform across a dozen countries in five continents and served international institutions, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and international foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During his time based in New York City, Tom supported US state governments to implement innovations to expand coverage and improve the quality and accessibility of care as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Tom was born in London in 1982 and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied history.

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Catherine McGuinness

Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation

Catherine McGuinness is an elected member of the City of London Corporation and current chairman of the City’s Policy Committee. She has been very involved in the City’s relationship with London more widely, particularly in the fields of education and the arts and open spaces.

Professionally she is a specialist in financial law. For several years Catherine was a partner in a City law firm, advising a number of international financial institutions. She headed the London legal department of a major European bank and now works as a consultant in the financial sector.

Catherine is also a member of the governing body for The City Academy, Hackney, which is co-sponsored by the City and by KPMG, as well as the board of the Barbican Centre. In addition to her City of London appointments, Catherine is also appointed to the United Westminster Schools, Guildhall School Development Trust and the Barbican Centre Trust.

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Prof. Mariana Mazzucato

Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, UCL

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London (UCL) where she is establishing a new Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (launching Autumn 2017). Mazzucato’s highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis and in 2013 she was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' in the New Republic.

She has advised policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation and SITRA’s (Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel.  Her current research projects include two funded by the EC Horizon 2020 programme:  Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (Dolfins) and a new project on Rethinking Medical Innovation by the Open Society Foundations. Her recent research includes projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and work commissioned by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology.

She is co-editor of a new book Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (Wiley Blackwell, July 2016), and is currently writing The Value of Everything, which will be published by Penguin’s Allen Lane in 2017.

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John Mills

Founder and Chairman, JML

John Mills is an entrepreneur, economist and politician. He is best known for founding UK-based - but with wide international coverage - import-export and distribution company JML, where he is currently Chairman and majority shareholder. The company has an annual turnover of about £100m and is known for its direct to consumer marketing.

John served as a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Camden for most of the period between 1971 and 2006, specialising in Housing and Finance. During this time he held a number of political appointments including Deputy Chairman of the London Docklands Development Corporation, Chair of the Housing Committee at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and the London Boroughs Association.

John has published a series of books on economics and, for many years, he has campaigned for changes to UK economic policy to make the UK economy more competitive, primarily by adopting a lower exchange rate.

He has long been involved with issues around the UK’s membership of the EU and he was Chair of Labour Leave during the run up to the June 2016 EU referendum. He is currently Chair of Labour Future.

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Dame Helena Morrissey DBE

Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management; Chair, Investment Association; Founder, 30% Club

Helena joined Legal and General Investment Management in May 2017. Prior to that, she worked at  Newton Investment Management; a global fund manager which manages £47 billion of assets as of 31 December 2015, from 1984. She was CEO at Newton for 15 years from 2001 – 2016  and then took the role of non-executive chairman during 2016. 

In June 2014 Helena was appointed Chair of the Investment Association, the UK’s industry trade body whose members manage £5 trillion.

Recently, Helena was appointed by the Chancellor to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board.

In 2010 Helena established the 30% Club, an organisation that campaigns to make boardrooms 30 % female.

She is a trustee at the Eve Appeal, which raises money for gynaecological cancers, and chairperson of the corporate board of the Royal Academy of Arts. Helena has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

In 2013 and 2014 she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. A leading voice for a British exit from the EU, Helena argued passionately in favour of Brexit in several national newspapers ahead of the UK’s June referendum.

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Frances O'Grady

General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Frances O’Grady has been an active trade unionist and campaigner all her working life. She has been employed in a range of jobs from shop work to the voluntary sector.

Prior to joining the TUC in 1994, Frances worked for the Transport and General Workers Union. At the TUC, Frances has been Campaigns Officer; headed up the New Unionism campaign and launched the TUC’s Organising Academy; and led the TUC’s organisation department.

In 2003, Frances became Deputy General Secretary, notably securing the 2012 Principles of Cooperation Agreement with the Olympic Authorities, ensuring good standards and decent pay.

Frances has also led on industrial policy, arguing the case for a strategic approach to rebalancing the economy in the wake of the financial crash.

In January 2013, Frances became the General Secretary of the TUC, the first woman ever to hold this post. Frances took a leading role in the campaign for Britain to Remain in the European Union, and was selected to speak in the final debate.

She is passionate about economic justice, joining commissions on living standards, low pay, and high pay.

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Stephen Peel

Founder, SMP Policy Innovation

After a 25-year career in the global private equity industry, Stephen Peel has recently founded SMP Policy Innovation Limited, a non-for-profit organisation aiming to promote, design and assist advanced government policy.

From 1997 to 2014, Stephen was a managing partner at TPG Capital, one of the world’s largest global private investment firms. He was one of the early partners of TPG and part of the leadership team that grew the firm from some $3 billion of assets under management to over $60 billion. He founded TPG's European office and headed the European operations from 1997 to 2008 before moving to Hong Kong to head the Asian business. Prior to TPG Capital, Stephen was in the Principal Investment Area of Goldman Sachs from 1989 to 1997. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford where he focusses on low-income country industrialisation.

Stephen serves on the board of the Russian-based retailer Lenta Limited, the board of the anti-corruption NGO Global Witness, and is a member of the Trilateral Commission and of the Global Partners Council of the Institute of New Economic Thinking. He is on the advisory board for Washington-based NGOs Institute of State Effectiveness and the Open Contracting Partnership, and is on the Board of the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University.

He received his MA from Cambridge University in 1987, represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games in 1988 and received a Master of Advanced Studies from the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University in 2015.

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Mary Senior

Scotland Official, University and College Union

Mary Senior is the Scotland Official of the University and College Union (UCU), the trade union representing 110,000 academic and related members in post-16 education across the UK, and the largest union in the higher education sector in Scotland.

Mary leads the union’s bargaining, campaigning and organising work in Scotland; notably taking forward UCU’s campaign to democratise university governance, resulting in the Higher Education (Scotland) Governance Act 2016; and leading the union’s work to eradicate casual worker contracts within the university sector.

Mary is a member of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Council, and a board member of Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland.

Prior to joining UCU, Mary worked for the STUC where she led the trade union organisation’s equality and international work, including chairing the groundbreaking Close the Gap gender pay partnership; representing trade union women on the Scottish Women’s Convention; and campaigning against the detention of refugee and asylum seeking children and families.

Originally from the West Midlands, Mary is a graduate of the University of Sheffield, and has lived in the west of Scotland for over 20 years

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Hetan Shah

Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society

Hetan is Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society, a body with over 8,000 members with a vision to put data at the heart of understanding and decision-making. He is chair of the Friends Provident Foundation, a grant making trust seeking to create a fairer economy. Hetan is a visiting senior research fellow at the Policy Institute, Kings College London and is Honorary Vice President of the Geographical Association. He is a member of the Social Metrics Commission which is designing new poverty indicators for the UK, and sits on the Big Lottery Fund's Impact Advisory committee.

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Sally Tallant

Director, Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art

Sally Tallant is the Director of Liverpool Biennial. She has delivered large-scale exhibitions and commissions. She has also developed an interdisciplinary approach and has commissioned ambitious music and performance programmes including a new work by Michael Nyman in 2014.

From 2001–2011 she was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London where she was responsible for the development and delivery of an integrated programme of Exhibitions, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes.

Sally has curated exhibitions in a wide range of contexts including the Hayward Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Hospitals and Schools, as well as public commissions. She has also curated performances, sound events, film programmes and conferences including initiating the Park Nights series in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions and co-curating the Serpentine Gallery Marathon series with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Sally is a regular contributor to conferences nationally and internationally. Sally is Vice President of the International Biennial Association and a member of the London Regional Council for the Arts Council of England and a Trustee of Metal.

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Neera Tanden

President, Center for American Progress

Neera Tanden is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. Most recently, Neera served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Center, where she oversaw strategic planning, operations, and fundraising.

Tanden previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, working on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House. Prior to that, she was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Neera also served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, where she directed all policy work, ranging from domestic policy to the economy to foreign affairs, and managed day-to-day policy announcements.

Before the presidential campaign, Neera was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at CAP. Prior to that, she was one of the first senior staff members at the Center, joining as Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy when CAP first opened its doors. In between, Neera was legislative director for Sen. Clinton, where she oversaw all policy and legislation in the Senate office. In 2000, she was Hillary Clinton’s deputy campaign manager and issues director for her Senate campaign in New York. Neera also served as associate director for domestic policy in the Clinton White House and senior policy advisor to the first lady.

Neera was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Washington” by National Journal and received the India Abroad Publisher’s Award for Excellence in 2011. She was recently included on Elle magazine’s “Women in Washington Power List” and recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Politics.” She received her bachelor of science from UCLA and her law degree from Yale Law School.

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The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England; Head of the Worldwide Anglican Communion

Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. He is Primate of All England and spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, Archbishop Justin worked in the oil industry for over a decade, becoming group treasurer of an oil exploration firm.

During his time as Dean of Liverpool Cathedral and Bishop of Durham, he became well known for increasing the church’s engagement with the local community.

From 2012-2013, he was a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, and has written and spoken on the relationship between faith, wealth creation, and inclusive economic growth.