Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP
Matt was first elected MP for West Suffolk in 2010. He entered Government in September 2012 and has served in a number of ministerial roles under David Cameron, including Minister for Skills, Minister for Business, and Paymaster General. Under Prime Minister Theresa May, Matt was appointed Minister of State for Digital in 2016 and 2017 and then Culture Secretary in the Department of Digital, Culture Media & Sport in January 2018.
Lisa Nandy MP
Lisa was elected as the Labour MP for Wigan in 2010. She has served on the front bench in a number of roles, including Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Shadow Children’s Minister and Shadow Minister for Civil Society. Lisa is also the co-founder of the think tank Centre for Towns which was set up to ensure priority is given to the viability and prosperity of Britain’s towns.
Rt. Hon. Rory Stewart
Rory is the Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border. In May 2019 he was appointed Secretary of State for International Development, having previously been the Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, Minister of State for Africa in both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development from June 2017 to January 2018.
Ayesha Hazarika (MBE)
Ayesha Hazarika was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015. While in politics, she was a speechwriter, led on communications, specialised in women’s issues and helped draft the landmark Equality Act 2010. She is now a much sought-after political commentator, broadcaster and a columnist for many national publications, including the London Evening Standard.
Dr. David Halpern
David has been the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the founding Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. David was also appointed as the What Works National Advisor in July 2013.
Isi is the Mobilisation Co-ordinator at For Our Future Sake (FFS), a youth and young person lead organisation campaigning for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal. She also sits on the Ethnic Minorities for a People's Vote committee.
Judge Kameel Khan
Kameel Khan is a lawyer, judge and former law professor. Before practicing he taught law at University College, University of London, Reading University and the University of the West Indies. Kameel heads the Ex-Offenders Programme at the Prince’s Trust Mosaic, which was created by HRH Prince Charles to provide mentoring and training to young offenders.
Julia founded the content and connection business Editorial Intelligence in 2005. She is Editor-at-Large for Arianna Huffington’s well-being portal THRIVE Global and a columnist for Strategy + Business Magazine, and presenter of the podcast The Human and Machine. Julia has presented two series for BBC Radio 4 and has given keynote speeches to audiences including the OECD and the European Commission. Julia Hobsbawm is a leading commentator on modern connectedness and its discontents, the future of work, technology and digital distraction and how we cope in an Age of Overload.
David is a journalist, author and think tanker—currently head of the demography unit at the Policy Exchange think tank. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine and the former director of the centre-left think tank Demos. His book “The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration” was runner up for the Orwell book prize. In his new book (a Sunday Times bestseller) The Road to Somewhere: The New Tribes Shaping British Politics, Goodhart identifies the value divisions in British society that help to explain the Brexit vote and the rise of populism.
Miatta is Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation. Prior to joining NEF she was Director of Policy & Research at the Institute of Public Policy Research. Before this, she was a political advisor to the Leader of the Opposition and led on the development of policies ranging from devolution to local economic growth, housing, energy and climate change and transport. She spent eight years at senior levels in the Cabinet Office, including as Head of the Cities Policy Unit.
Barny Evans MCIBSE, Leader, Sustainable Places, WSP
Barny works at professional services and engineering consultancy, WSP. He leads their Sustainable Places and Energy team providing strategic analysis and technical support in this area. advice on this area, under their “Future Ready” programme. His work seeks to address how we make the transition to a low carbon economy whilst continuing to grow our economy and make it a better place to live. He has advised government, international finance and builders on specific developments and energy investments and policy. Outside direct project works he leads a lot of their thought leadership, including pieces on all-electric cities, how to address the issues of overheating in homes our paper on overheating in homes and how that can be addressed, taking into account climate change. Most recently he led their paper on Productive Places, which set out the view that productivity is the missing element in considering how to build good new places and regenerate the current ones. He is a regular speak at conferences and writes for publications such as Building magazine.
Darren Henley OBE
Darren is chief executive of Arts Council England. He led Classic FM for fifteen years first as managing editor and then as managing director. He is the author of two independent government reviews into music education and cultural education, his books include The Virtuous Circle: Why Creativity and Cultural Education Count, The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays, and Creativity: Why It Matters.
Chi-Chi Nwanoku, OBE
Chi-chi is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which encourages diversity in the classical music industry through its two orchestras, the Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra, as well as its educational and community engagement work. She created the ABO/RPS Salomon Prize, which celebrates ‘unsung heroes’ working in the ranks of British orchestras. As a broadcaster Chi-chi has presented frequently for BBC Radio 3 & 4, BBC TV Proms Extra, BBC 2 TV Classical Star, BBC 4 TV series All Together Now, the Great Orchestra Challenge.
Sarah is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the British Lung Foundation. She leads a programme of policy influencing work aimed at preventing lung disease and improving the quality of life for lung patients, covering issues including air quality, smoking cessation, and health service improvement. Prior to this role she managed the policy team at Crisis, the national charity for homeless people. She has also worked in an MP’s office.
James Fellowes was a former international executive with the likes of Bass, Diageo / Guinness and Omnicom. In 2015, he lost (almost) everything due to a combination of bad luck, worse people and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Last year, he founded The Bridge of Hope, along with his childhood friend, George Freeman MP, whose father Arthur had famously ridden the winner of the Grand National, before having a tragic life collapse. Together they wanted to turn these traumatic events into a catalyst for good. The mission is simple. Provide renewed hope - to those who have taken a tumble in life - through a meaningful, new career. Initially in horse racing then other sectors. The Bridge of Hope is part of the Resume Foundation, the world’s first social incubator for Inclusive Employment.
More speakers – biographies coming soon
Reporter, Wall Street Journal, European Bureau
CEO Humanists UK
Brexit Commissioning Editor, The Telegraph
Chair, British Youth Council, Co-founder and Manager, FFS
Director of Communications, Creative Industries Federation
Bob Seely MP
Conservative MP, Military MBE, Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Chloe Smith MP
Conservative MP, Ministerial office experiences in: Treasury, Cabinet Office and Northern Ireland Office.
Darren Jones MP
Labour MP for Bristol North West
Damian Collins MP
Conservative MP, Chair, Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP
Conservative MP, Chair of the Treasury Select
Committee and former Secretary of State for Education 2014-2016. Author, Taught not Caught: Educating for 21st Century Character.
Joy Lo Dico
Rt. Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP
Conservative MP, Secretary of State for Defence
Director, EMEA Healthcare Practice, Zebra Technologies
Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith
Chair, Jo Cox Foundation and former Home
Labour MP for Feltham and Heston
Chief Executive, Coalition for Global Prosperity
Vice President of Business and Law, National Union of Students
Tom Tugendhat CBE MP
Conservative MP, Foreign Affairs Committee
Dr. Maha H. Aziz
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs, The London School of Economics
Head of External Affairs, Catch-22
Digital Editor, Prospect Magazine
Mark Garnier MP
Conservative MP, Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs
Young British Entrepreneur (music and media)
Managing Director, International, One Young World
Sir Ferdinand Mount
Author: Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi (2018).
Peter Kyle MP
Labour MP, former Charity Sector Executive
Coordinator at Prevent
Alberto Costa MP
Conservative MP, PPS for Scotland and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Greece (Chair)
Head of UK Government Relations at London Stock Exchange Group
Editor and Author at LabourList
Rachel Maclean MP
Conservative MP. Business, Energy and Industrial Committee Strategy (Sep 2017-Jun 2018). Chair: APPG on Carers and the APPG on Endangered
Species. Former Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women in Parliament.
Founder, Unfinished Revolution
Co-author, A Guide to New Political Movements: Politics in the 21st Century
Co-author, A Guide to New Political Movements: Politics in the 21st Century