Kate Andrews, Economics Editor at The Spectator

Kate Andrews is the Economics Editor at the Spectator. Prior to her current role, Kate was the Associate Director for the free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, overseeing the IEA's digital platforms. She has also worked as Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute and was an intern at Townhall.com and worked on the Romney for President and Linda McMahon for Senate campaigns in 2012. She regularly features across the national media, including appearances on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and BBC's Question Time. She has written for The Times, Spectator Coffee House, The Times' Red Box, and Conservative Home. Kate holds an MA in International Relations and Philosophy from University of St. Andrews

Torsten Bell, CEO - Resolution Foundation

Torsten is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. He has a background in economic policy, with a current research focus on how to renew the UK’s economic strategy to raise growth and reduce inequality. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the financial crisis, and as Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, school governor, and trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group. He is an Honorary Professor at the UCL Policy Lab.

Tracy Blackwell, CEO - Pension Insurance Corporation

Tracy Blackwell is CEO of Pension Insurance Corporation plc (PIC), a specialist insurer of defined benefit pension schemes, which has a clear purpose: paying the pensions of its current and future policyholders. With almost £50 billion of assets, PIC is a significant investor in social housing, renewable energy, the UK’s universities, and urban regeneration projects. Tracy has 30 years’ experience in insurance and asset management. Areas of particular interest include “The Purpose of Finance”, a project seeking to redefine the social contract with financial services, and the purpose of regulation.

Rob Boughton, Chief Executive Officer - Thakeham Group

Rob Boughton has almost 30 years of property industry experience and having started Thakeham in 2003, it is now one of the leading land promoters and housebuilders in the South East of England.

His focus on innovation, infrastructure, community and collaboration has positioned Thakeham as an industry leader, widely considered to be at the forefront of sustainable placemaking and community creation in the UK.

Philip Bouverat, Director of Global External Affairs - JCP

Philip joined JCB in 2002 to bring the Chinese market into JCB’s global strategy. Currently based in London covering international diplomatic liaison, with particular emphasis on India and Global account relations; including Business Development and strategy approach to HVO's.

He now sits on the Board of the ASEAN Council, founder Director of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He serves on the Jordanian Task force and JETCO for India and Brazil. Founder Director of the Great Campaign. He is the architect of the newly formed IE:UK Infrastructure Export UK and sits on the Board of Directors advising the Department for Business and Trade on Global Project Strategy. Philip also serves on the B & T Strategic Advisory Group, appointed in 2020.

Ed Conway, Economics and Data Editor, Sky News 

Ed is economics and data editor, covering major UK and international economics, business and political stories. He has broken a series of exclusive reports on the banking and financial crisis.He is also economics columnist for The Times, and has been one of the longest-running economics editors in UK journalism, having started covering the sector in 2003. Prior to joining Sky, he was economics editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, where he was also a weekly op-ed columnist, and economics correspondent at the Daily Mail.

Ed is the author of the book on Bretton Woods, The Summit: The Biggest Battle Of The Second World War – Fought Behind Closed Doors (Little, Brown, 2014) and an economics guidebook, 50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know (Quercus, 2009). He is also due to release his new book entitled Material World soon.

Ed is a governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, and has lectured on the international monetary system at the London School of Economics, the US Treasury and many other forums.

Szu Ping Chan, Economics Editor - The Telegraph

Szu Ping Chan is the Telegraph's Economics Editor. She has covered the main events that have shaped the global economy over the past 15 years, from the financial crisis to Europe's debt crisis and the fallout from the pandemic, interviewing many of the key players along the way.

Robert Colvile, Director - Centre for Policy Studies

Robert Colvile is Director of the CPS and Editor-in-Chief of CapX, as well as a columnist for The Sunday Times. In December 2019 he took a leave of absence to work as one of the authors of the Conservative Party’s election manifesto, which also contained a range of policies advocated by the CPS. He was previously head of comment at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and news director at BuzzFeed UK, as well as an editor, columnist and leader writer with the Telegraph. His critically acclaimed book ‘The Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster’ was published by Bloomsbury in 2016, and he was for many years a Research Fellow at the CPS alongside his journalism work. Since 2021 he has been an advisor to the JCB Group, and is also an expert member of the Government’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group.

Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian, President of Queens’ College, Cambridge

Mohamed A. El-Erian is the President of Queens’ College, Cambridge and the Rene M. Kern Professor of Practice at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He is an advisor to Allianz and Gramercy, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. He serves on the boards of Barclays, UnderArmour and several non-profits including the NBER. From December 2012 to January 2017, Dr. El-Erian chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council and, prior to that, was an international civil servant at the IMF in Washington DC.

Named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” four years in a row and a LinkedIn “Top Influencer” for three years, he has published widely on international economic and finance topics including two New York Times bestsellers. He holds a master's degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

Chris Hayward, Policy Chairman - City of London Corporation

As Policy Chairman Chris Hayward leads the City Corporation’s work on policy issues affecting the UK’s financial and related professional services sector as well as the Square Mile’s ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He strengthens ties with political representatives and business leaders across London, the UK and internationally to ensure the City remains a world leading global financial centre.

His role also covers the City Corporation’s responsibilities as a local authority, overseeing the governing body’s open spaces, educational commitments and cultural institutions. Throughout his career Chris Hayward has worked in the construction, aviation, infrastructure, and global events management sectors. He is currently a Director at leading communications agency JBP, a consultant at Keltbray Limited, and Director of Hayward Properties Limited.

He is a former Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire and Dorset County Councils. As Policy Chairman, he effectively operates as the political Leader of the City Corporation.

Stuart Haire, Group CEO - Skipton Group

Stuart is a seasoned executive in financial services having held senior leadership (SMF) positions in two of the UK’s leading financial institutions and now as Group CEO at Skipton Group. Stuart has held board member roles in FS subsidiaries, with exposure to asset management, insurance, advisory, retail and commercial banking. Stuart also chaired the cross-industry UK Finance Personal Banking Product and Services Board. Currently, Stuart is CEO for Skipton Group. The group includes Skipton Building Society and Connells Group. 

Previously, Stuart was Group General Manager and CEO for HSBC’s Personal and Private Banking businesses in the UK. This included SMR responsibility for HSBC UK, UK Private Bank, First Direct, M&S Bank and John Lewis Financial Services. Stuart sat on the M&S Bank Board.

Sophie Hulm, CEO - Progress Together

As Head of Skills Policy at the City of London, Sophie was the founder and architect of a Government commissioned Socio-Economic Diversity Taskforce. Sophie sees a clear link between the skills and labour challenges which exist in UK financial services and the need for greater socio-economic diversity at senior levels. Sophie joined Progress Together as Chief Executive in September 2022.

Sophie currently sits on the SteerCo for the 30% Club and has led a number of high-profile initiatives including the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards. Throughout her working life Sophie has focused on the power of business to bring about change, including working for a welfare-to-work organisation, a Corporate Responsibility membership body, and as a trustee for Governors for Schools.

Her dad is a working-class East Londoner and her mum a retired academic with immigrant parents. She lives with her partner and two mixed-race children who are big fans of Pokemon and Octonauts.

Rt Hon Lord Hutton of Furness, Former Labour Secretary of State

John trained as a lawyer and taught at Northumbria University before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992.

John went on to hold various Ministerial roles, including Secretary of State for Business and Secretary of State for Defence. He retired from full time politics in 2010 and became a life peer.  

Since then, he has held several Board positions in the charitable and private sectors. John is currently Chair of Make UK, Pearson Engineer, GMET Nuclear and until recently EnergyUK. John is also a Non-executive Director of Sirius Minerals plc, a Trustee of RAF Museum and HMS Victory Preservation Trust.

Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP, Secretary of State for Education

Gillian Keegan was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 25 October 2022. She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Africa) at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office from 7 September 2022 to 25 October 2022. Prior to this Gillian served as Minister for Care and Mental Health at the Department of Health and Social Care and Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills at the Department for Education. Gillian was elected as Conservative MP for Chichester on 8 June 2017.

Andrew Griffith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Andrew Griffith is the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister. He 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 from February-July 2022 he was the Minister for Policy and Head of the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit.

Resham Kotecha, Social Mobility Commissioner

Resham Kotecha is Head of Policy at the Open Data Institute where she leads public policy work to improve data ecosystems and data policy (such as AI and algorithm policy), including serving on the Government's Smart Data Council. 

Resham was appointed by the Cabinet Office to be a Social Mobility Commissioner, holding the Government to account on social mobility issues and shaping the Commission's strategy. She serves as Head of Engagement for Women2Win and is an Advisory Board member of the Coalition for Global Prosperity and the Conservative Friends of the Environment. Resham serves as a Board member of the Fawcett Society, the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women's rights, and is a Board member at the John Smith Centre, working to promote the positive case for politics and public service.  

Resham has written for publications and think tanks such as The Times, the Centre for Policy Studies and Huffington Post and regularly speaks at policy conferences. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University and has been recognised as a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum for political work in trying to achieve a more representative Parliament.

Mark Lehain, Head of Education - Centre for Policy Studies

Mark is Head of Education at the CPS. Prior to this he was a Special Adviser at the Department for Education. A third-generation teacher, Marktaught maths in secondary schools before leading the successful campaign for a new school in Bedford. He was Principal of Bedford Free School between 2012 and 2017, and since then has run Parents & Teachers for Excellence, the New Schools Network, and the Campaign for Common Sense.

Dr Frank Luntz, Pollster and Communication Analyst

Frank Luntz, CEO of FIL, Inc. is one of the most honoured communication professionals in America today; he is a best-selling author, a sought after consultant, a revered professor on myriad campuses, and a regular commentator in every form of media. For more than a decade, Frank was the “Focus Group Czar” for Fox News and he served for five years as a news analyst for CBS News, focusing on corporate and business communications, moving to ABC News in 2017. Dr. Luntz has written, supervised, and conducted more than 2,500 surveys, focus groups, ad tests, and dial sessions for more than 50 Fortune 500 companies and CEOs in more than two dozen countries and six continents over the past 30 years. His political and communication knowledge and skills are recognized globally, and he has served as a consultant and commentator in more than a dozen countries. Frank graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an honours BA degree in history and political science. He was awarded a Thouron Fellowship and received his Doctorate in Politics at the age of 25 from Oxford University. In 1993, Frank was named a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, the second-youngest individual ever to receive this honour at that time.

Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt, Leader of the House of Commons

Penny Mordaunt is a UK Conservative Politician. She won the seat of Portsmouth North from Labour in 2010 after personal encouragement from Margaret Thatcher. She was re-elected in 2015, 2017 and 2019, increasing her majority and vote share, averaging and additional 6 % swing each time she has stood. She has held nine Ministerial roles, four in Cabinet. She is currently Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council. 

She is the co-author of Greater: Britain after the Storm. Before politics she had worked in the private, public and charitable sectors and founded her own business in 2004. She was Head of Foreign press at the RNC for the Bush 2000 campaign. She has been a Royal Navy Reservist since 2009, completed officer training in 2013 and gained an Honorary commission in 2019. She now holds the Hon Rank of Captain and is affiliated to MCM2 squadron, the UK’s mine hunters and Ocean patrol vessels.

Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England

Dame Rachel de Souza is the Children’s Commissioner for England. Dame Rachel is a nationally recognised educator and advocate for improving the life chances of disadvantaged children. Before her appointment as Children’s Commissioner, she led two schools from failing to outstanding, before founding and leading the Inspiration Trust, a family of fourteen schools in East Anglia. The Trust was twice ranked as the nation’s top group of comprehensive schools based on pupil progress at GCSE. She was made a Dame in 2014 for services to education. 

Dame Rachel was appointed Children’s Commissioner in 2021. In this role she has unique legislative powers, is an advocate for children across the country, and represents children’s needs across Government. In role, Dame Rachel has completed the largest-ever survey of children ‘The Big Ask’ with over half-a-million responses. This work led to a commission from Government to look at representing children’s voice in the Online Safety Bill, an ongoing piece of work into driving up Attendance in schools, and she has been asked to complete the Family Review by Government.

Lord Spencer, 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.