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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR Economics Prize

The IPPR Economics Prize is awarded by a panel of judges, comprising:

Stephanie Flanders - Chair

Stephanie Flanders is senior executive editor for economics at Bloomberg and head of Bloomberg Economics. She was chief market strategist for Europe at J P Morgan Asset Management in London (2013-17) and BBC economics editor (2008-13). She has also been senior advisor to US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H Summers (1997-2001), editorial-writer for the Financial Times and an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and London Business School.

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  • John Eatwell

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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John Mills

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.

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Helena Morrissey DBE

Helena is well known for her work on gender equality. She founded the 30% Club, a campaign for more gender-balanced boards in 2010. Since then, the representation of women on FTSE100 boards has risen from 12.5% to 28.9% and there are now ten 30% Clubs throughout the world. Helena chairs Business in the Community’s Gender Equality campaign, which has recently canvassed the views of working fathers through its Equal Lives survey.

Helena was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years, taking its assets under management from £20bn to £50bn. She joined Legal and General Investment Management in 2017, leading a new drive to engage the nation to invest more, with a particular focus on improving women’s financial wellbeing.

Helena has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.

Helena is a Philosophy graduate. Her husband Richard is a stay at home father and they have nine children, aged from 9 to 26. Her first book A Good Time to be a Girl, Don’t Lean In, Change the System was published by William Collins in February 2018.

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Shriti Vadera

Shriti Vadera is chairman of Santander UK, senior independent director of BHP Billiton and non-executive director of AstraZeneca.

She currently chairs the European Financial Services Chairmen’s Advisory Committee which acts as a senior sounding board for ministers during the EU exit negotiations.

Prior to joining Santander in 2015 she advised the G20 from 2009 to 2010 and advised governments, banks and investors on the Eurozone crisis, banking sector, debt restructuring and markets from 2010 to 2014. She was a minister in the UK Government from 2007 to 2009, in the Cabinet Office, the Business Department and the International Development Department. She led the UK Government’s response to the financial crisis and was a key architect of its pioneering bank recapitalisation and funding plan in 2008 and helped design and negotiate the outcome of the G20 London Summit in April 2009.

Prior to becoming a minister, she was on the Council of Economic Advisers, HM Treasury, between 1999 and 2007 and an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg / UBS.

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