OUR SPEAKERS

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.

Rt. Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP

Conservative MP, Secretary of State for Defence

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peter Kyle MP

Labour MP, former Charity Sector Executive

Miatta Fahnbulleh

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.

Tom Tugendhat CBE MP

Conservative MP, Foreign Affairs Committee

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.

Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith

Chair, Jo Cox Foundation and former Home
Secretary

Cllr Tim Barnes

Tim is bringing together all the strands of public sector innovation: as an elected politician (Westminster City councillor and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Skills), the commercial startup (as founder of the Rain Cloud, the first private coworking space focussed on GovTech in the world) and the academic (as the lead for GovTech entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School’s Launchpad programme - another world first).

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller is the Solution and strategy leader for healthcare in EMEA for Zebra technologies, focusing on the patient journey and how technology which supports the mobilization and digitalization of the entire patient journey and associated services such as samples tracking and inventory. Focused on the smart hospital and enabling www.scan4safety.nhs.uk and supporting GS1 global standards for healthcare, through tried and tested technologies

Zoe Hodge

Co-author, A Guide to New Political Movements: Politics in the 21st Century

Dr Maha Hosain Aziz

Dr Maha Hosain Aziz is a professor in NYU's MA IR Program and a visiting fellow at the LSE's Institute of Global Affairs focused on global risk and prediction. She is author of Future World Order (2019) which public intellectuals call a "must-read" by a "global thinker to watch"; she is also a cartoonist who created the award-winning 2016 political comic book, The Global Kid (all profits to charity), which is being adapted into a political graphic novel for adults.

Annie Lydford

Annie Lydford is Director of Communications and Marketing at the Creative Industries Federation, the membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK's creative industries. She was formerly Head of Communications at English National Opera and has also worked at Warner Bros. Records. Annie is a trustee of the Buxton International Festival and of SWAP'ra, the organisation supporting women and parents in opera. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at Cambridge University, and has completed an MBA with the Open University which included research into improving employee engagement across subsidised arts organisations.

Damian Collins MP

Damian Collins has served as the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010. In October 2016 he was elected by the House of Commons as Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, having previously served as a member of the committee. In this role he led the committee’s inquiries into doping in sport, fake news, football governance, homophobia in sport and the impact of Brexit on the creative industries and tourism. Damian is also the Chairman of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network. During the Coalition government Damian served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond. From 2012 to 2014 he was PPS to the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. Damian’s career before politics was in the advertising and communications industries, mostly at the M&C Saatchi advertising agency. Damian has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and Newsweek, and his first book, ‘Charmed Life: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon’, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Diane Banks

Diane is Founder & CEO of Northbank Talent Management, a full service literary and talent agency representing thought leaders, broadcasters and writers across all media throughout the world. She is a non-executive director of the think tank Bright Blue, an ambassador for the charity Tempus Novo, helping ex offenders into the workplace, and she sits on the advisory board for the Conservative Arts & Creative Industries Network.

Elizabeth Ames

Elizabeth Ames is an international trade policy expert with a strong background in senior business and financial advisory. She specialises in working with companies with exposure across multiple markets and has previously supported the expansion of several large European companies into Australia. Elizabeth was most recently the Executive Director of the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce in which role she worked with business and the British and Australian Governments on trade and investment policy, including appearing before the International Trade Select Committee in Westminster as an expert witness into trade in services. Elizabeth began her career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was a negotiator on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement before being posted to the Australian Embassy in Rome where she worked on the opening of negotiations for the Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement.

Tom Tugendhat MBE MP

Tom Tugendhat was elected as Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling in 2015 and was re-elected in 2017. On his return to Parliament, he was elected to be Chair of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee. He ran for office after leaving the British Army in July 2013. As a Reservist, he served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and, most recently, as the military assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff. He also worked for the Foreign Office and helped set up the National Security Council of Afghanistan and the government in Helmand Province. Politically, Tom has been campaigning for transparency in financial institutions, including in pensions and asset management companies. He has served on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee and writes regularly on a wide range of issues for outlets including the Spectator, Daily Telegraph, the Times, and the Financial Times. Tom was appointed MBE for operational service in Afghanistan. He remains a reserve officer.

Theo Clarke

Theo Clarke is Chief Executive of the Coalition for Global Prosperity and was previously Director of the Conservative Friends of International Development. She led the Conservative Party's international social action project in Sierra Leone and was previously also a successful entrepreneur. Theo sits on the Board of Africa House London and previously stood as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate at the 2017 and 2015 General Elections.

Christopher Snowdon

Christopher Snowdon is the Head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA. He is the author of The Art of Suppression, The Spirit Level Delusion and Velvet Glove; Iron Fist. His work focuses on pleasure, prohibition and dodgy statistics. He has authored a number of publications including Sock Puppets, Euro Puppets, The Proof of the Pudding, The Crack Cocaine of Gambling and Free Market Solutions in Health.

Lee Rowley MP

Lee Rowley has been the Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire since 2017 and currently serves on the Public Accounts Committee in the Houses of Parliament. He is also chair of the APPG on Alternative Lending, vice chair of the APPG for Challenger Banks & Building Societies, and co-chair of Freer, an initiative to promote the merits of free markets, free economies and free societies. Prior to entering Parliament, Lee spent fifteen years in the private sector in a range of sectors including IT, financial services, energy and transport.

Matt Leach

Matt oversees the operations of Local Trust, leading the staff team and working closely with the board on strategy and governance. Matt Leach was formerly CEO of HACT, the social housing sector’s ideas and innovation agency. Prior to joining HACT in 2011, Matt’s roles included CEO of civil society funding agency Capacitybuilders, associate director of the ResPublica think tank and director at the Housing Corporation. He has also led start up work on the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and held a range of senior roles at DCLG and the Cabinet Office.

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.

Andrew Copson

CEO Humanists UK

Noel Williams

Noel is a youth and justice consultant, who’s had first-hand experience with the criminal justice system. He sees the value and power of personal experiences, and believes that when heard they can inspire others from all walks of life, via personal experience help shape policy at the highest level and through local politics.

Bob Seely MP

Conservative MP, Military MBE, Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Asa Bennett

Brexit Commissioning Editor, The Telegraph

Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson

Chair, British Youth Council, Co-founder and Manager, FFS

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

Julia Hobsbawm

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.

Joy Lo Dico

Freelance Journalist

Sarah MacFayden

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.

Isi Daley

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.

David Goodhart

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.

James Fellowes

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.

Seema Malhotra

Labour MP for Feltham and Heston

Anna Isaac

Reporter, Wall Street Journal, European Bureau

Erica Ramos

Vice President of Business and Law, National Union of Students

Eleanor Riley

Head of External Affairs, Catch-22

Harriet Andrews

Harriet Andrews is the Director and Founder of The Politics Project, a non-profit organisation specialising in youth democratic education and engagement. She is a founding member of the Political Literacy Oversight Group and co-runs the Changemakers network. Harriet has previous experience across the youth and education sectors at UpRising, DebateMate, the Tutor Trust and NCS. Harriet was shortlisted for the Cabinet Office's "Changemaker of the Year" award in 2018 for creating the Digital Surgeries programme.

Ella Robertson

Managing Director, International, One Young World

Stephanie Boland

Digital Editor, Prospect Magazine

Mark Garnier MP

Conservative MP, Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

Shanker Singham

Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs

Dominic McVey

Young British Entrepreneur (music and media)

Nick Silver

Co-author, A Guide to New Political Movements: Politics in the 21st Century

Sir Ferdinand Mount

Author: Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi (2018).

Nora Mulready

Founder, Unfinished Revolution

Shabnam Nasimi

Coordinator at Prevent

Alberto Costa MP

Conservative MP, PPS for Scotland and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Greece (Chair)

Ruth Porter

Head of UK Government Relations at London Stock Exchange Group

Sienna Rodgers

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.