The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, Visiting Professor - London School of Economics

Sir Vince Cable is currently Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, Nottingham University and St Mary’s University. His recently published works include ‘Money and Power’, ‘How to be a Politician’, ‘The Chinese Conundrum’, and ‘Partnership and Politics in a Divided Decade’.

A former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Coalition from 2010-15, he spent 20 years as Liberal Democratic MP for Twickenham and was leader of the Liberal Democratic Party before retiring in 2019. 

Sir Vince also acts as Director at Element 2, a hydrogen infrastructure company working towards decarbonisation of British road and transport, campaigns as Vice-President of the European movement and was recently appointed Freeman of the City of London.

Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics - George Mason University

Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center. He received his Ph.d. in economics from Harvard University in 1987. His book ‘The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better’ was a New York Times best-seller. He was recently named in an *Economist* poll as one of the most influential economists of the last decade and several years ago Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him "America's Hottest Economist.” ‘Foreign Policy’ magazine named him as one of its ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ of 2011. He co-writes a blog at, hosts a podcast Conversations with Tyler, and is co-founder of an on-line economics education project, His latest book is Talent​, co-authored with venture capitalist Daniel Gross.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  

The Rt Hon Michael Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations on 25 October 2022. He was previously Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities between 15 September 2021 and 6 July 2022, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from July 2019 to September 2021, and Minister for the Cabinet Office from February 2020 to September 2021. He was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from June 2017 to July 2019. He was elected Conservative MP for Surrey Heath in 2005.

Michael was educated at Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

Michael was Shadow Minister for Housing from 2005 to 2007 and Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families from 2007 to 2010. He served as Secretary of State for Education from May 2010 until July 2014. From July 2014 to May 2015, he served as Government Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury. Michael also served as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from May 2015 until 14 July 2016.

Michael became a journalist after leaving university, working as a reporter for The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, a researcher and reporter at Scottish Television and a reporter for BBC Television. He was later Assistant Editor of The Times. Michael has 2 children.

Charlotte Crosswell OBE, Chair and Trustee - Open Banking Ltd.

Charlotte has been involved in capital markets and technology throughout her career - as CEO, Board Advisor and Non-Executive Director - in addition to management positions at Nasdaq and London Stock Exchange. She is the Former CEO of Innovate Finance, the Fintech industry body, where she worked closely with entrepreneurs, financial services firms, government and regulators on fintech advocacy and strategy. She is currently Chair and Trustee of Open Banking, in addition to representing financial technology on the Department for International Trade's Financial Services Trade Advisory Group. She believes firmly in a diversity and innovation-first approach. 

Julian David, CEO - TechUK

Julian David is the CEO of techUK, the leading technology trade association that aims to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve through innovation and collaboration, and serves on its board of directors.

Julian led the transformation of techUK from its predecessor Intellect in 2015, putting an increased focus on the growth and jobs the technology industry offers in a global economy. He has since led its impressive expansion driving forward the tech agenda in key areas such as skills, digital ID and public sector transformation, now leading techUK’s 70-strong team and representing over 890 member companies, comprising of global and national champions and more than 500 SMEs. In 2020, techUK joined forces with TechSkills, the employer-led organisation that aims to improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce.

Julian represents techUK on a number of external bodies including the Digital Economy Council, the Cyber Growth Partnership and the Department of International Trade’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group. He also sits on the Executive Board of DIGITALEUROPE and is a member of the Board of the Health Innovation Network the South London Academic Health Science Network.

Julian has over thirty years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining techUK, he had a long career at IBM culminating as Vice President for Small and Medium Business and then Public Sector. After leaving IBM he worked as a consultant helping tech SMEs establish successful operations in the U.K. His personal interests include Football (West Ham and Real Madrid) and Art.

Fredrik Erixon, Founding Director - European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

Fredrik Erixon is the Founding Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), Europe’s leading think tank on trade and global commercial policy. He’s an economist and writer, and most of his current research is focused on technological change, the digital economy and global trade. His latest book is ‘The Innovation Illusion: How so Little is Created by so Many Working so Hard’ (Yale University Press, 2017). 

He started his career in the Prime Minister’s Office in Sweden and has later worked as an economist at the World Bank and for JP Morgan as an emerging market analyst. Since 2006, Erixon has spearheaded the development of ECIPE to become one of Brussels’ leading research-based institutes. He is the author of several books and studies in the fields of international economics and economic policy, including Europe in Emerging Asia (Rowman Littlefield, 2015), and his next book on China and its economic relations to the West will be published in 2023. Erixon has advised several governments, corporate boards and executives, and international organisations, and he is a frequent lecturer at conferences. He was educated at the University of Oxford, London School of Economics and Uppsala University.

Andrew Griffith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Andrew Griffith is a former senior business executive and investor who now sits in the UK Parliament. He served on Sky’s Board of Directors from 2008 until 2019, being the youngest FTSE100 Chief Financial Officer on his appointment. Between 2014- 2019, Andrew was a Non-Executive Director of FoodTech startup, Just Eat plc and served for a year as its Chairman. In July 2019, Andrew was appointed as the PM’s Chief Business Adviser and in February 2022 he was made Minister for Policy and Head of the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit. In September 2022 Andrew was appointed as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Andy Haldane, CEO - RSA

Andrew Haldane is the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He was formerly Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. Among other positions, he is Honorary Professor at the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Exeter, Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books. Andrew is Founder and President of the charity Pro Bono Economics, Vice-Chair of the charity National Numeracy, Co-Chair of the City of London Task-Force on Social Mobility and Chair of the National Numeracy Leadership Council. Andrew was the Permanent Secretary for Levelling Up at the Cabinet Office from September 2021 to March 2022, and as of June 2022, chairs the Levelling Up Advisory Council.

Chris Hayward, Policy Chairman - City of London Corporation

Chris is the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation. In his role he speaks for the financial and professional services sector to Government and internationally.

He is a former Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire and Dorset County Councils and was first elected to Common Council of the City of London Corporation for Broad Street Ward in March 2013 and re-elected in March 2022.

He had a career as Managing Director of Companies in the Construction Aviation infrastructure and Global Events Management Sectors. He is now a Non-Executive Director of various companies in the commercial property and planning sectors. Chris is an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple and Chairman of the Guild of the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew.

Chris is married to Alexandra. They have two children and live near Chorleywood, Hertfordshire and in the City of London.

Chris is a member of the Carlton Club, Brooks Club and Bucks Club in London and a member of the Leander Rowing Club in Henley-on-Thames.

Greg Jackson, CEO - Octopus Energy Group

Greg Jackson is the founder and CEO of Octopus Energy Group, the energy technology giant with 3.5 million customers globally, operations in 14 countries and a £3.4bn portfolio of renewable energy assets across Europe. 

Launched in 2016, Octopus Energy’s mission is to bring cheaper, greener power to all. From cutting-edge green energy tariffs and building renewable generation to driving the electrification of transport and heat through its electric vehicle and heat pump propositions, the company is driving decarbonisation at scale. Octopus Energy Group is also a leading investor in solar and wind energy and offers green hydrogen services to those industries that can’t be decarbonised through electricity. 

At the heart of Octopus Energy Group’s growth is its proprietary green tech platform, Kraken. Kraken automates much of the energy supply chain and connects everything from generation assets to electric vehicles. Kraken is now contracted to serve 25 million accounts across the globe, including customers from E.ON, EDF and Origin Energy. 

Greg's vision of using technology to disrupt the energy market has attracted over $1.5 billion worth of investment from international industry titans, such as Generation Investment Management, Canada Pensions Plan Investments Board, Tokyo Gas and Origin Energy. The company is currently valued at around $5 billion. 

Greg built and sold a number of successful businesses before starting Octopus, including Consultant Connect, a telemedicine provider serving 40% of UK doctors, and e-commerce company C360 which built platforms for many large enterprises. He is an angel investor in a wide range of start-ups, including Xlinks, the company building the world’s largest subsea cable that will bring renewable energy from Morocco to the UK, Zopa the world’s first peer to peer finance company and Greg is a key thought leader in the UK on issues related to energy transition, energy costs and innovation, especially in energy.

The Rt Hon Lord Johnson, Founding Partner and Chief Executive - Somerset Capital

Dominic Johnson CBE was Minister of State jointly in the Department for International Trade and the Cabinet Office between 2 October 2022 and 28 October 2022. Dominic was a non-executive board member of the Department for International Trade between 09 November 2020 and 02 October 2022. He was Chair of the department’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Dominic is founding partner and Chief Executive of Somerset Capital Management a $7 billion global emerging markets specialist investment company. Prior to starting Somerset Capital in 2007, he helped to build Lloyd George Management from $1.5 billion to $16 billion under management between 2001 and 2007.

Dominic has spent the last 25 years in entrepreneurial, international finance starting his career at Robert Fleming in 1995, before moving to Jardine Fleming, Hong Kong, in 1998. He set up various dotcom businesses in the early 2000s and ultimately moved into asset management in 2001.

He was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party between 2016 and 2019.

Soumaya Keynes, Britain Economics Editor - The Economist

Soumaya Keynes is The Economist's Britain Economics Editor and co-host of Money TalksThe Economist's flagship economics, business and finance podcast. She has written extensively about the British economy, trade, globalisation, the US economy, diversity within economics and other economic issues. She was formerly the co-host of Trade Talks, a podcast about the economics of trade policy with Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Prior to joining The Economist she was a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and before that a policy adviser at the Treasury. Soumaya has an M.Phil. and B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Stephen King, CEO - Author, Columnist and Senior Economic Advisor, HSBC UK Bank plc

Stephen King is an economist and author. Stephen’s forthcoming book, We Need to Talk About Inflation, is due to be published by Yale in April 2023. His last book, Grave New World (Yale) - described by Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury Secretary, as ‘a very important book at a crucial time’ - was published in May 2017 to considerable critical acclaim: long-listed for the FT-McKinsey Business Book of the Year, it was later picked as a ‘book of the year’ by the Financial Times. It has been translated into multiple languages. His previous book, When the Money Runs Out (Yale) was selected as a ‘book of the year’ by the Financial Times, the Economist and the Times.

Since 2018, Stephen has been a regular columnist for the London Evening Standard. He has written for, among others, the Financial Times, the Times, the Independent and the New York Times. Between 2015 and the 2017 General Election, he was a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. Stephen is a frequent public speaker and has presented at conferences all over the world. 

As part of a portfolio of interests and following 17 years as HSBC’s Chief Global Economist, Stephen was appointed HSBC’s Senior Economic Adviser in 2015. Stephen’s career began at H.M.Treasury, where he was an economic adviser within the civil service. Stephen studied at New College, Oxford. In his spare time, he plays the piano.

Megan McArdle, Columnist - Washington Post

Megan McArdle is a columnist for the Washington Post whose work covers the intersection of business, economics, and public policy. She has been writing about these issue for over twenty years, having founded one of the first economics blogs, before joining the economist on its web team, where she started the Economist’s Free Exchange blog. Since then, her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg, The Guardian, Time, Reason Magazine, and numerous other outlets. She is the author of one book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success. She lives in Washington DC.

Baroness Moyo of Knightsbride, Co-Principal - Versaca Investments

Dambisa Moyo is a co-principal of Versaca Investments - a family office, focused on growth investing globally. She serves on a number of global corporate boards including: 3M Corporation, Chevron, and Conde Nast, as well as, the Oxford University Endowment Investment Committee. Her areas of interest are in capital allocation, risk, and ESG matters. She is the author of four New York Times bestselling books on the macroeconomy and geopolitics. In addition, in 2021, she published her book, "How Boards Work - And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World”. Dambisa holds a Doctorate in economics from Oxford University and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.

Fraser Nelson, Editor - The Spectator Magazine
Fraser Nelson has been editor of The Spectator since 2009, and has overseen doubling of the magazine’s sales. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph and is on the board of the Centre for Social Justice. He was previously a financial journalist with The Times and political editor of The Scotsman. He has presented two Channel Four documentaries on the subject of inequality.

Ian Stuart, CEO - HSBC UK Bank plc

Ian Stuart has been Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC UK Bank plc since April 2017. One of the UK’s largest banks, HSBC UK serves over 15 million retail, commercial and private banking customers, supported by 25,500 colleagues. In addition to the HSBC UK brand, it also includes HSBC Private Bank (UK), M&S Bank, first direct and John Lewis Financial Services. As CEO of HSBC UK, Ian is also a member of the HSBC Holdings plc Group Executive Committee.

Ian has worked in financial services for four decades. He joined HSBC as Group General Manager and Head of Commercial Banking Europe in 2014, having previously led the corporate and business banking businesses at Barclays and Natwest. He started his career at Bank of Scotland. 

Ian received an Honorary Masters Degree from The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF), is the global Executive Sponsor of HSBC’s Ability Employee Network, and is also a Business Ambassador for Meningitis Now.

Sir John Peace, Chairman - Midlands Engine Partnership, Midlands Connect

Sir John Peace is Chairman of the Midlands Engine Partnership and Midlands Connect. Sir John is also the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and the Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University. 

Sir John has had a long and distinguished business career covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. He has been Chairman, Chief Executive and Founder of Experian plc, Chief Executive of GUS plc, Chairman of Standard Chartered plc, Chairman of Burberry plc, and is currently Chairman of Octo Telematics.

Lord Spencer of Alresford, Chairman - Centre for Policy Studies

Lord Michael Spencer is Chairman of IPGL, his private investment company, that invests in entrepreneurial companies at an early stage of their development, providing important funding to support their growth. Michael is also a director of Bordeaux Index Ltd and chairman of The Conservative Party Foundation. In early 2020, Michael became Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies. Michael was nominated for a life peerage in the 2020 Political Honours list and was created Baron Spencer of Alresford on 17 September 2020. 

Michael Spencer is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. Educated at Worth Abbey and Corpus Christi, Oxford, where he read physics, Michael’s career in the City of London began in 1976, as an investment analyst at Simon and Coates. In 1980, he joined Drexel Burnham Lambert where he spent three years broking futures. Between 1983 and 1986, Michael was a director at money broker Charles Fulton, until his involvement in the new interest rate swaps market led him to set up Intercapital in May 1986. 

As a specialist financial derivatives broking firm, Intercapital grew over 10 years from the original four people to over three hundred world-wide, with offices in London, New York and Sydney. In October 1998, Intercapital merged with EXCO, a listed money broker. The following year it merged again, this time with Garban plc to form ICAP with Michael as Chief Executive. ICAP grew to become part of the FTSE 100 Index in 2006. In December 2016, ICAP completed a transaction to sell its global hybrid voice broking and associated information business to Tullett Prebon. This transaction involved the ICAP brand being transferred to Tullett Prebon and the remaining ICAP businesses forming a new company called NEX Group plc, with Michael becoming the Chief Executive of NEX. NEX was launched in January 2017 as a technology-based services company committed to empowering the global financial markets by offering customers better ways to execute trades and manage risk. In 2018, NEX announced it had reached an agreement with CME Group for them to acquire the whole of NEX in a transaction that created a leading, client-centric, global markets company. The transaction completed in November 2018 with Michael joining the CME Board in addition to working as a Special Adviser focused on integrating the business and evolving its client offer. Michael left the board of CME in May 2020.

Juliet Samuel, Columnist - The Daily Telegraph

Juliet Samuel is a columnist at The Telegraph who writes about politics, economics, foreign policy and technology. She previously covered business, finance and energy as a reporter at The Times, The Wall Street Journal and City AM. She also works as an advisor for Policy Exchange and the Free Speech Union.

Jeremy Warner, Assistant Editor - The Daily Telegraph

Jeremy Warner is one of Britain's leading newspaper columnists on economic, financial and business affairs. An associate editor of the Daily Telegraph, Mr Warner is the recipient of numerous awards, including a special award for an outstanding contribution in defence of freedom of the media from the Society of Newspaper Editors. Incisive and sometimes controversial, his columns range across both the domestic and international economies, as well as investment trends and policy as it affects business and finance.

Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Employement

Guy has been the Member of Parliament for Hexham since 2010. He has previously served as a Government Whip and was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State between 2017 and 2022. 

Guy returned to the Department for Work and Pensions as Minister of State for Employment in October 2022.