CPP Inclusive Growth Conference 2018

Making inclusive growth a reality

30 October 2018
The Royal College of Physicians, London NW1 4LE #Inclusivegrowthconf

The term ‘inclusive growth‘ has gained global traction in recent years, coming to the fore in advanced economies that are at a critical juncture, undergoing structural changes while coping with increasingly polarised ideologies. This has been particularly evident in the UK since the EU referendum in 2016 and change in government, which committed – under Theresa May’s leadership – to ‘make the economy work for everyone’. The degree to which the UK government has been able or willing to stand by this narrative is for debate. But social, economic and political indicators suggest the need for inclusive growth is here to stay, and local, national and international institutions are starting to build it into their structures and strategies.

Making Inclusive Growth a reality

The Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) believes a new model is needed to achieve shared prosperity. The current climate is an opportunity for change – with scope for profound questioning of the nature of global capitalism and what aspects of the current system needs to be adapted, refined, regulated or rethought entirely. The Centre believes that markets should work for society, harnessing the best of central and local government to shape the national and global environment, building on the assets and opportunities of place.

Key questions include: how do we find a shared definition of what inclusive growth means in practice? How can we put shared prosperity at the heart of economic and social policymaking, creating a basis for renewed political legitimacy? Given leaders of advanced economies across the world are facing similar challenges, how can we work together to tackle them?

In cities, towns and villages across the country and in places as far apart as India, Barbados, South Africa and the USA, people are innovating practical ways to deliver their vision for inclusive growth. In time, theories, principles and metrics will emerge, and the Centre for Progressive Policy will be at the forefront of this endeavour – working with partners to develop and test new ideas to make inclusive growth a reality.

About the conference

Inclusive growth is one of the most urgent questions facing advanced economies, where stagnant real wages are squeezing living standards and wealth is increasingly concentrated. The Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) is hosting this one-day summit to foster collaboration, share best practice and generate discussion and debate on how inclusive growth can best be achieved through policy and practice on a local, national and international scale. The day brings together a wide range of topics including populism, public finance, place-based health & care sustainability, devolution, skills & productivity, the role of culture and business & society. The speakers joining us today for stimulating talks and discussions are leading national and international thinkers, practitioners and experts committed to the importance of making inclusive growth a reality.

About the venue

Arrival details can be found here

The RCP is a patient-centred and clinically led organisation aiming to raise the standards of public health nationally and globally by driving improvement in medical practice. Our venue today is currently hosting an exhibition exploring 500 years of women in medicine. During the first four centuries of the RCP’s history, women were excluded from membership – until 1909, when a bylaw was passed allowing them to take examinations. The first female fellow – Helen Mackay – was elected in 1934. During her fellowship, she changed the face of global medical attitudes towards infant feeding and became an authority on anaemia of dietetic origin in childhood. Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick was the first female president, elected in 1989. She was one of the world’s leading thoracic physicians and contributed greatly to discussions around professionalism and integrated care.

A short lunch time tour of the ‘Women in Medicine’ exhibition will be taking place for a small group of conference attendees. If you’re interested in joining, sign up at the registration desk by 11:30h.

We are still in the process of confirming speakers and will be updating the programme until shortly before the conference.





WELCOME by Charlotte Alldritt, Director, Centre for Progressive Policy


SCENE SETTING. Why Inclusive Growth Matters


– Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussel Trust
– Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief executive of Turning Point
– Professor Michael H Best, Emeritus Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts

The phrase ‘inclusive growth’ emerged from the OECD and the World Bank and was brought into the UK discourse by the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission (2016-2017). There may be discrepancies on the use and the meaning of the term, but there is a growing global consensus on its importance. What are the costs associated with the current model of economic growth? What is the new face of poverty at a time when more people in work experience falling real wages, job insecurity and/or underemployment? Is the problem too big for nation states? Can local, place-based initiatives ever sit alongside global efforts to effect change? Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis, what role should international institutions play in achieving inclusive growth?


DAYS OF POPULISM. A Global Movement for Inclusive Growth?


– Henry Bonsu


– Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20
– Liam Byrne MP, Co-Chair of CPPG on Inclusive Growth
– Danny Kruger, Expert adviser for civil society at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
– Professor Henrietta Moore, Director of Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL

In USA and across Europe, waves of nationalism and a tendency towards closed borders are resurgent. Across the political spectrum, using different language or calling on different interest groups to make the same case, there are calls to make the economy work for all; the many, not the few. Can inclusive growth dampen rising populism? What needs to happen if the economics and politics of inclusive growth are to be felt on the ground? How can we ensure these shifts are sustainable and legitimate? What institutions do we need to nurture inclusive growth more effectively, locally, nationally and globally?


THE POWER TO FLOURISH. Making the Case for More Devolved Cities and Places


– Ben Lucas, Founder of Metro Dynamics


– Chris Murray, Director of Core Cities UK
– Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London
– Claire Ainsley, Executive Director at JRF
– Cllr. Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol

Local government and mayors in the UK and across the globe have been rising to the challenges left unaddressed by national governments. But deep and persistent indicators of wealth, health, education and income inequalities continue to fuel unease and discontent. How can the power of cities and regions be unleashed to tackle inequality most effectively at a ‘glocal’ level? What are the practical ways in which an Inclusive Growth agenda can be implemented in policy and practice?


Coffee break


THE VALUE OF HUMANS. Productivity, Skills & the Changing Nature of Work


- Charlotte Alldritt, Director, Centre for Progressive Policy


– Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation in the Scottish Government
– Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive Newcastle City Council
– Lynn Collins FRSA, TUC North West Regional Secretary
– David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges
– Professor Anne Green, Professor at University of Birmingham

The UK can celebrate record levels of employment and an unemployment rate at its lowest since 1975. But more challenging are the assumptions that often sit behind these headline statistics: with low pay and increasingly insecure contracts, a job – any job – is not necessarily a route to prosperity, nor a driver of economic productivity. The growing demand for ‘good work’ was given a national policy platform in 2017 Taylor Review of modern working practices. But to what extent have the recommendations been implementation and did go far enough? As more and more jobs become susceptible to automation, what’s the impact on productivity and the labour market, what good work might look like in the future, and how an effective education, training and skills system could be designed to achieve this?


SHAPING COMMUNITIES. The Role of Culture, Place and Identity


– Chris Murray, Director of Core Cities


– Rob Berkeley, Co-founder of BlackOutUk
– Paul Bristow, Director, Strategic Partnerships at Arts Council England
– Laia Gasch, Senior Advisor, Mayors Office (London) and Director of Global Partnerships for World Cities Culture Forum

We don’t have to look far to see the relationship between culture, identity and the economy of place is intertwined. The Great North Run, York Minister, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester’s Canal Street and Factory Records, the Potteries in Stoke on Trent are just a few examples. Often, however, the role of the arts and heritage in making cities and regions prosperous is overlooked by some and not looked at critically enough by others. As well as catalysing urban renewal and economic growth, culture has a huge impact in how engaged communities can be when they feel truly part of a place, forging a bonding sense of collective identity. But how do we ensure the benefits of culture are captured at a grass-roots level? Should we talk about culture and identity or culture(s) and identit(ies)? How can we best invest and generate resources for heritage and the arts that help to inspire and empower all communities and unlock the full potential of places?


Lunchtime talks


– Dr Victoria Bateman, Fellow in Economics, University Cambridge on Feminism & Productivity
– Olivia Utley, Deputy Editor of TheArticle on Why Party Politics Isn't Working
– Martha Gill, Freelance political journalist on Why Party Politics Isn't Working


In conversation with Michael Jacobs


INVESTING IN PEOPLE. Creating a High Quality, Truly Sustainable Health and Social Care System


– Zoe Bedford, Chief Executive of ZPB Associates


– Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King's Fund
– Professor Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director, London at Public Health England
– Liz Kendall MP, MP for Leicester West
– Jennifer Howells, NHS England Regional Director for the South West

This year the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary. Its pioneering spirit and universal commitment to care, free at the point of need, has come to represent the best of British. But a decade of fiscal tightening has squeezed the system to breaking point and even a cash injection of £20.5bn per year will not be enough, especially without a deal for social care and local government. What can we expect from the Budget and 2019 Spending Review? Will the forthcoming 10 Year Plan put the NHS on a sustainable footing, where tackling long-term drivers of health inequalities is genuinely at the heart of system change? Or will it make promises to the latter, only to fall short once again? The role of place is increasingly emphasised by senior NHS leaders as a means to effective population health management. But is there a shared understanding within the NHS and beyond as to what ‘place-based decision making’ looks like practice, or what role this leaves for central government?


Coffee break


BEYOND AUSTERITY. A New Arrangement for Public Finance


– Tom Clark, Editor of Prospect magazine


– Laura Gardiner, Research Director at the Resolution Foundation
– Matt Leach, Chief Executive of Local Trust
– John Penrose MP, Member for Weston-Super-Mare
– Cllr. Matthew Brown, Senior Fellow for the Promotion of Community Wealth Building at Democracy Collaborative
– Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government

Inclusive growth requires investment – both in physical infrastructure, such as transport and digital connectivity, and social infrastructure, including public, mental and physical health, social care, education and skills and affordable childcare. Only then can we hope to tackle the long-term inequalities that undermine UK productivity and shared prosperity. But current projections of government spending will not be enough to meet projected demand for public services and welfare, and after decades of fiscal tightening local government and frontline services can longer do ‘more with less’. How can we be honest with the public that we face a future of ‘less for less’ unless we can find alternative ways to invest in social infrastructure? How can public finance support a shift from our current ‘grow now, redistribute later’ economic model to a system where tackling deprivation and inequality is a driver of productivity? What role might a dedicated Sovereign Wealth fund play? What role for the City in reforming financial markets and creating more sustainable, broader-based prosperity?


THE FABRIC OF GROWTH. Business in Society


– Sarah O'Connor, Investigations Correspondent for the Financial Times


– Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of Legal and General
– Neil Sherlock CBE, Senior Adviser to PwC Joint Chair of the Brexit Forum
– Stephen Hockman QC, Barrister
– Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)

Trust in business is falling fast amongst young people. Less than half (47%) believe that business leaders are committed to improving society, down from 62% in 2017, according to the latest Deloitte Millennials Survey. This trend, witnessed in the UK and across the world, compounds a wider sense of injustice about the structure of our national economy and – increasingly – the legitimacy of global capitalism itself. Ten years on from the financial crisis, have we lost the opportunity to identify practical ways to maximise social – as much as shareholder – value? Is the private sector responding to a challenge to its licence to operate, or is it business as usual? Could we imagine the next wave of Corporate Social Responsibility leading the way on inclusive growth objectives, such as the good work agenda, skills, inclusive innovation and broad-based prosperity? The idea of mission-driven or purpose-led business seemed to come and go in the policy community. Is this the right approach to take, or are there other ways to think about shifting the culture of capitalism?


CONFERENCE CLOSURE with final remarks from CPP Director Charlotte Alldritt




Gabriela Ramos

Gabriela Ramos is the Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General, the Chief of Staff and OECD Sherpa to the G7 and G20. Besides supporting the Strategic Agenda of the Secretary General, she is responsible for the contributions of the Organisation to the global agenda, including the G20 and the G7. Ms Ramos also leads, and sets strategic direction for, the OECD’s flagship Inclusive Growth Initiative and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges, while also overseeing the OECD’s work on Education, Employment and Social Affairs. A champion for gender equality, Ms Ramos has overseen the launching of the OECD’s Gender Strategy, and pioneered initiatives such as NiñaSTEM Pueden, an initiative to challenge stereotypes and encourage young girls in Mexico to take up STEM subjects. In recognition of her efforts on inclusive growth and gender equality, Ms Ramos was awarded the Forbes Prize for Entrepreneurial Excellence in June 2017. In May 2018, she was included in Apolitical’s Gender Equality Top 100: The Most Influential People In Global Policy.

Ivan Mckee MSP

Ivan McKee was elected MSP for Glasgow Provan in May 2016 and was appointed Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation in the Scottish Government in June 2018. Brought up in Glasgow Mr. McKee obtained a BSc.BEng in Manufacturing Sciences and Engineering from Strathclyde University and an MBA from Newcastle University.

After spending 2 years in Bangladesh with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Mr. McKee worked for a number of large and start-up manufacturing companies. In 2005 he started his own international manufacturing consultancy business and from 2009 to 2015 invested in, and led turnarounds of, several manufacturing businesses.

His career has included periods living and working in a number of countries including Poland, Croatia, Finland, Norway, Bosnia and Estonia as well as Scotland and England.

Lord Victor Adebowale

Victor is the CEO of Turning Point, a social enterprise providing health and social care interventions to approximately 77,000 people on an annual basis.

Victor sits as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of NHS England, the Co-Operative Group, Collaborate CIC, IOCOM and Leadership In Mind, he is also the Chair of Social Enterprise UK. Victor has chaired a number of commission reports into; policing, employment, mental health, housing and fairness for The London Fairness Commission, the Met Police and for central & local government. He was awarded CBE for services to the unemployed and homeless people, and became a crossbench peer in 2001.

Victor is a visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln; an honorary member of the Institute of Psychiatry; President of The International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry and a Governor at The London School of Economics. Victor has an MA in Advanced Organisational Consulting from Tavistock Institute and City University.

Claire Ainsley

JRF Executive Director Claire Ainsley has strategic oversight of JRF's policy and research, analysis and communications. She is responsible for driving forward JRF’s strategy to inspire action to solve UK poverty. Claire joined JRF in November 2013 as Director of Communications and External Affairs. She was appointed JRF Executive Director in December 2017. She leads work on understanding the social and political attitudes of people in poverty, and chaired the task group of JRF’s strategy to solve UK poverty. Prior to joining JRF in November 2013, Claire worked in public affairs and communications in the public and voluntary sectors, and for the UK's largest trade union. Claire has a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MSc in Global Politics from the University of London. She is a member of the advisory board of the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life. Her book, ‘The New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes’, was published in May 2018 by Policy Press.

Charlotte Alldritt

Charlotte is Director of the Centre for Progressive Policy. Previously Charlotte was Director of Public Services and Communities at the RSA, where she also ran the Inclusive Growth Commission – chaired by Stephanie Flanders – and City Growth Commission – chaired by Lord Jim O’Neill. Before joining the RSA, Charlotte was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, working on immigration, energy and housing.

Dr Victoria Bateman

Dr Victoria Bateman is a Fellow in Economics and an economic historian at the University of Cambridge. She is Director of Studies for the Economics Tripos at Gonville and Caius College, and holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge as well as graduate degrees from the University of Oxford. Victoria writes regular economics commentary for both Bloomberg View and CapX, an arm of the Centre for Policy Studies, has contributed articles to The Guardian, Times Higher Education, The Conversation and The Telegraph and has appeared on a number of BBC Radio 4 programmes. You can find interviews with Victoria in The Sunday Times and The Cambridge News. Victoria is the author of two books on economic growth - 'Markets and Growth in Early Modern Europe' (2012) and 'The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich' (forthcoming in Spring 2019).

Zoe Bedford

Zoe set up ZPB Ltd in August 2009 to start to build an environment where the NHS, independent sector, life sciences and third sector could have better connected and more productive partnerships. From data and tech firms, to pharma, med tech and organisations who care for patients across acute, community and primary care, Zoe and her team help position and steer organisations through the health and care system. With a background in data and insight, Zoe is passionate about the use of data and transparency as the basis for change, improvement, and better working practices within the health and care system. She runs the Cambridge Health Network, sits on the UK Board of the global business network the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO), and is Trustee of the public health charity C3 Collaborating for Health, which works globally to improve lifestyle factors that drive the rise in non-communicable diseases. Prior to ZPB, Zoe was head of marketing and communications at Dr Foster. She edited three editions of the influential Hospital Guide, and has led a number of reports into out-of-hospital care. During her tenure there, the company trebled in size. Zoe regularly speaks on how to forge successful cross-sector partnerships.

Rob Berkeley

Award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reforming social reformer, Rob is currently developing BlackOutUK, a community owned media asset for and by black gay men. He was Director of the racial justice think-tank Runnymede Trust 2009-14. A former adviser for the BBC on accountability and audience engagement, Rob now sits on the boards of Baring Foundation, Doc Society, and the Collaborate Foundation. Rob has previously served on the boards of LGBT rights charity Stonewall, the Equality and Diversity Forum, and been Chair of Naz Project (NPL). Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organizing, a recently appointed Simon Industrial Fellow at the University of Manchester, he has presented and co-produced short form documentaries, lectured across the UK and beyond, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on social justice and movement-building. He was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.

Professor Michael H. Best

Michael is professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he was co-director of the Center for Industrial Competitiveness. He has held numerous academic fellowships and participated in development projects with the United Nations, the World Bank, and governments in more than twenty countries. He is the author of The New Competition: Institutions of Industrial Restructuring and The New Competitive Advantage: The Renewal of American Industry.

Henry Bonsu

Henry Bonsu is a British African broadcaster who has made waves at home and abroad. An Oxford languages graduate, he was a producer on Radio 4’s Today, Britain’s biggest current affairs programme. He has also presented shows on satellite TV channels Vox Africa, BET International and Press TV – and been an analyst on Sky News, Al Jazeera and Arise News. He began his career as a print journalist writing for specialist UK newspapers like The Voice and the Caribbean Times, then The Daily Express, The Times, The Guardian and the London Evening Standard. He has hosted summits at the UN General Assembly in New York, in Brussels, The Hague, Kigali, Mexico City, Abidjan, and in Incheon, Korea. In July 2015 he led eight events at the landmark Financing For Development conference in Addis Ababa, introducing the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and Jim Kim, the president of the World Bank. A keen athlete and sports fan, he has anchored major sporting ceremonies like the Best of Africa Awards and fundraisers for the Kanu Heart Foundation – and interviewed many sports stars, including Didier Drogba, Linford Christie, Christine Ohuruoghu, Sebastian Coe, and Ashley Cole. As well as cultural and development events, Henry Bonsu hosts major business gatherings like the African Banker Awards, and the Global African Investment Summit. In line with his personal interest in health, Henry sits on the Equality and Diversity Committee of England’s National Health Service.

Paul Bristow

Paul Bristow has been Director, Strategic Partnerships at Arts Council England since 2012. He leads the Arts Council’s policy on place, local government, economic growth, and rural and urban agendas. He has led the delivery of key Arts Council investment programmes. Prior to joining the Arts Council, he was Head of Policy at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). His early career was spent in local government at the London boroughs of Bexley and Wandsworth. He has a masters degree in Public Policy from the University of London and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Cllr. Matthew Brown

Councillor Matthew Brown is a Senior Fellow for the Promotion of Community Wealth Building at Democracy Collaborative. Matthew is Leader of Preston City Council in the north of England, where he has been widely credited as the driving force behind the 'Preston model', an economic strategy at the city and county level that presents a comprehensive, interlinked approach to community wealth building as a practical and transformative alternative to austerity and dis-invtesment. First elected to represent the Tulketh ward in 2002, Councillor Matthew Brown subsequently took on portfolios that included community engagement and inclusion, social justice and policy initiatives, leading to his election in 2018 as Council Leader, and to a position as an advisor to the Labour Party's Community Wealth Building Unit.

Liam Byrne MP

A former Cabinet minister, Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne served in the Home Office where, as Minister for Police & Counter-Terrorism and then Minister for Borders & Immigration, he led the total overhaul of the UK immigration system; in 10 Downing Street where, as Cabinet Office Minister, he coordinated cross-government programmes to combat the Great Financial Crisis for Prime Minister Gordon Brown; and in Her Majesty’s Treasury where, as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he designed the UK’s fiscal consolidation strategy. Before politics, Liam was a Fulbright scholar at the Harvard Business School. He went on to found a high-growth technology start-up, which he gave up in 2004 to serve the poorest community in Britain, Hodge Hill in East Birmingham, where five generations of his family have lived and worked. Today, Liam chairs the APPG on Inclusive Growth and is Shadow Digital Minister.

Tom Clark

Tom is Editor of Prospect magazine, taking over the position in August 2016. Prior to this he spent a decade at the Guardian, rising to become chair of the editorial board after spells writing daily editorials on social policy and then economics. He also ran the newspaper's opinion polling and presented a successful weekly podcast. Tom has edited one book, and written two more – most recently 'Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath' (Yale University Press, 2015), a study of the social fall-out of the financial crisis in the UK and the US.

Lynn Collins FRSA

Lynn was appointed Regional Secretary of the TUC in the North West in 2013, the first woman to hold that position. As Regional Secretary Lynn coordinates and represents around 850,000 workers in 49 different trade unions. She serves as a member of the North West Leaders' Board and pursues her personal determination to tackle poverty and inequality as a member of Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission. In 2017, she was appointed as Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham's Advisor on Equalities, Fairness and Social Justice, and chars the Mayor's Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board. She is passionate and committed to building an inclusive society and developing economic policies to support that. Lynn began her career as a computer scientise in the telecoms industry before working for a number of different trade unions in roles relating to organising and equalities. Lynn is also a trustee at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, and was appointed as the Chair of Healthwatch Liverpool in 2015. She is also chairs Mandela8, a community campaign for a lasting memorial to Nelson Mandela in Liverpool.

Cllr. Asher Craig

Asher has over 30 years’ experience as a community activist, leader, management consultant and now politician. She has championed the needs of the voiceless, with a particular emphasis on the social-economic development of BME and under-represented communities. She has led and chaired a number of major partnerships and organisations at local, regional and national level and has worked in the field of employment & training, education & skills, recruitment, advocacy, equality & diversity within local government and third sector. Asher was elected as the Labour Councillor for the ward of St George West, Bristol in May 2016 and was appointed to the Cabinet with the wide reaching portfolio of Neighbourhoods in August 2016. In March 2017 Asher was asked to step into the new created role of Deputy Mayor for Communities, bringing into & elevating the issue of Public Health as part of this new portfolio. Asher is a school governor at Bristol Futures Academy, a board member of ASDAN, a curriculum development organisation and awarding body; the Skills Education Group and the Friends of Fairfield House. She is also the proud mother of 3 daughters.

Professor Yvonne Doyle

Professor Yvonne Doyle joined PHE in December 2012. Yvonne Doyle qualified as a doctor and has worked in senior roles in the NHS and Department of Health, and in the academic and independent sectors. Since 2013 she provides leadership for health, prevention of ill health, health protection and reduction of inequalities at city-wide level to the population of London. Her recent international work on behalf of the Mayor of London has been to accelerate London’s ambition to become the healthiest and fairest global city. She has acted as an adviser to the WHO on Healthy Cities and has recently been appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to Public Health. As Regional Director for PHE London she ensure the quality, responsiveness and consistency of the services PHE centres provide. She also has an assurance role for emergency planning and response and is responsible for workforce development across the wider public health system.

Laura Gardiner

Laura joined the Resolution Foundation in March 2014, and is now a Research Director. She oversees the organisation’s work in a range of areas including the labour market, taxes, welfare and social mobility. She also specialises in intergenerational issues, and during 2016-18 was secretary to the Intergenerational Commission. Prior to joining the Resolution Foundation Laura spent four years at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, where she worked on unemployment, young people, welfare reform and housing.

Laia Gasch

Born in Barcelona and living in London for more than 25 years, Laia Gasch is a cultural activist and anthropologist. She is senior advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Culture and Cultural Industries in London, where she has helped position culture as an essential ingredient in the capital’s strategic policies. She has developed new and bold initiatives including the creation of the Night Czar to champion the night time economy, the establishment of ‘Creative Enterprise Zones’ to retain and attract artists in the capital and long-term investment in a new London Games Festival as part of the creative industries portfolio. She has been instrumental in ensuring culture is firmly embedded in the planning strategy for London with new policies to protect and grow culture and heritage in the capital; she has championed informal culture and instigated the first ever Cultural Infrastructure Plan. She is also Director of Global Partnerships for the World Cities Culture Forum, a network of over 38 global cities that champion culture and innovation in urban policy. Previously, she was a creative producer for the London 2012 Olympic Games developing large scale interventions and international exchanges, was a project manager for the BBC developing the award winning BBC Blast programme, and had led projects for a number of like-minded organisations including Tate Modern, Southbank Centre and London International Festival of Theatre.

Martha Gill

Martha Gill is a freelance political journalist and former lobby correspondent. She occasionally writes for the Guardian and has worked as a staffer at the Economist and the New Statesman.

Professor Anne Green

After completing an undergraduate degree in geography, Anne has spent nearly all of her career conducting applied research of relevance to academia and policy in research centres/ institutes in the higher education sector.She started her career at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) in Newcastle. Apart from a short stint at the Department for City and Regional Planning in Cardiff she has spent most of her time at the Institute for Employment Research (IER), University of Warwick. She joined the University of Birmingham as Professor of Regional Economic Development in June 2017. Her research interests span employment, non-employment, regional and local labour market issues, skills strategies, urban and rural development, migration and commuting, associated policy issues and evaluation. She has published in high profile journals and has written numerous reports for UK Government Departments and agencies. Anne is experienced in disseminating the results of her research to academic, policy and practitioner audiences.

Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC has specialised in all forms of regulatory law for approximately the last 30 years. Stephen is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the fields of Health and Safety Law and Energy and Natural Resources, where his experience includes appearing for TOTAL UK in the health and safety prosecution arising out of the Buncefield explosion. His practice also encompasses in particular environmental law – making and resisting public law challenges to environmental decisions, appearing for claimants/defendants in environmental cases in the common law courts, for example nuisance, and prosecuting and defending in major pollution cases. Stephen’s practice incorporates too a significant element of local government work, and he has appeared for and advised local authorities in every part of the country on a regular basis, on issues such as town and country planning and internal governance.

Jennifer Howells

Jennifer Howells is the Regional Director for the South West providing senior leadership on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improvement to this large and diverse geography. Jennifer’s joint role was the first to be established under a trial of integrated working between NHS Improvement and NHS England. Prior to this, Jennifer was the Regional Director of Finance for the whole South region, building on a career as a strategic leader in roles within the NHS and, prior to that, the private sector in the UK and US, where her expertise lay in mergers and acquisitions.

David Hughes

David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion. From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). At the LSC and SFA David led the funding and improvement relationships with colleges and providers and successfully took on trouble-shooting roles to rescue crises in capital funding and Educational Maintenance Allowances. Prior to that, David worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, cooperatives, welfare, regeneration and community development. David has held many Board and Committee roles, including a few years as Vice-Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly in the 1990s. He played a leading role in establishing the new Education and Training Foundation in 2013 and has established and supported several third sector organisations.

Michael Jacobs

Michael is the Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice. Michael is an economist and visiting professor in the School of Public Policy at University College London. From 2004–2007 he was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers at the Treasury, and from 2007–2010 a special adviser to the prime minister, with responsibility for energy, environment and climate policy. From 2010–2015 he advised governments and others on international climate change policy in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015. He was a founder and senior adviser to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, for whose reports Better Growth, Better Climate (2014) and Seizing the Global Opportunity (2015) he was a lead author. Michael is a former general secretary of the Fabian Society, an academic at Lancaster University and the LSE, and managing director of an employee-owned consultancy business. He has written widely on environmental economics and politics and social democratic thought.

Liz Kendall MP

Liz Kendall has been the MP for Leicester West since 2010. From 2011-2015 she served as the Shadow Minister for Care and Older People. Prior to her election she worked as Director of the Ambulance Service Network – the national organisation that represents all NHS ambulance services – and Director of the Maternity Alliance charity, where she campaigned to improve maternity and paternity pay and leave, give parents more rights to flexible working, and provide better health services and childcare for new parents and their babies. Liz stood to be leader of the Labour Party in 2015

Danny Kruger

Danny is an expert adviser on civil society at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Prior to been appointed, Danny was a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute think-tank. He worked for eight years until 2016 as a charity Chief Executive, founding and leading two organisations working respectively with prisoners and ex-offenders (Only Connect) and with children and young people (West London Zone). He now chairs these charities, as well as sitting on the boards of the Young Foundation and the social business Catch 22. Prior to his charity work he was chief speechwriter to David Cameron, chief leader writer at The Daily Telegraph, and director of research at the Centre for Policy Studies. He has an M.A. in history from Edinburgh University and a D.Phil from Oxford University. He is the author of On Fraternity: Politics beyond Liberty and Equality (Civitas, 2007). He was awarded an MBE for services to charity in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Matt Leach

Matt is Chief Executive of Local Trust. Matt oversees the operations of Local Trust, leading the staff team and working closely with the board on strategy and governance. Matt also develops Local Trust’s partnerships across the public, private and voluntary sectors. 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.

Ben Lucas

Founder and Managing Director of Metro Dynamics, Ben is an expert on the political and economic drivers that are needed for growth and how to shape narratives that best reflect these. He advises places on governance, inclusive growth and how best to work with Westminster and Whitehall. Before becoming a Founding Director of Metro Dynamics, Ben had a long career in public policy and communications, advising cities, businesses and charities on how best to achieve their public affairs objectives. He has worked with Ministers, Officials and Local Government Leaders on a range of public policy issues, has set up and run a public affairs consultancy and two highly influential Commissions, the 2020 Public Services Commission and the RSA City Growth Commission. He is an adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a member of the Post Office Advisory Council and a Trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation. Ben is a graduate of Liverpool University, with a Joint Honours BA in History and Politics.

Professor Henrietta Moore

Henrietta L. Moore is the Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, where she also currently holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design. A distinguished anthropologist and cultural theorist, she has focused her recent work on the notion of global sustainable futures. By rethinking how knowledge is produced, challenging current economic models, and identifying overlooked social and political dynamics, Professor Moore’s approach places notions of wellbeing, institutional change, citizenship, and social justice at the focal point of her research. She is actively involved in the application of social science insights to policy at all levels. Formerly William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, the LSE Deputy Director for research and external relations, and Director of the Gender Institute at the LSE from 1994-1999.

Chris Murray

Chris is Director of Core Cities UK, and has worked previously in a number of cities in the UK and abroad on a wide range of urban issues. He is a visiting Professor of Practice at Newcastle University, an Honorary Fellow of the Heseltine Institute at Liverpool University, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Prime Ministers’ Regeneration Investment Organisation. Earlier in his career Chris also worked in education, community work and as a psychiatric social worker. Chris holds qualifications in art and design, teaching, business and marketing and European cultural planning. He has published and contributed to a number of books about cities.

Richard Murray

Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, Richard leads the policy team and his responsibilities at the Fund include overseeing the policy work programme and contributing to the wider work of the Fund, particularly to understand the key challenges and opportunities facing health and care. Before joining the Fund in January 2014, Richard was chief analyst at NHS England and had held a number of roles at the Department of Health, including senior economic adviser, director of strategy, director of financial planning and chief analyst, and director of finance, quality, strategy and analysis. Richard initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this he spent four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co. Richard was recently appointed as the new Chief Executive of The King’s Fund. He will succeed Professor Sir Chris Ham who steps down at the end of 2018.

Sarah O'Connor

Sarah O'Connor writes about the changing world of work for the Financial Times, where she is an investigations correspondent and columnist. She joined the FT in 2007 as a graduate trainee, and in the subsequent decade she has covered the US economy from Washington, the UK economy from London and the financial crisis from Reykjavik. She won the Wincott Prize for journalism in 2017 for her coverage of the labour market, while her regular op-ed column won Economics Commentator of the year at the 2017 Comment Awards. Her story about "Shit Life Syndrome" in Blackpool won the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils in 2018.

John Penrose MP

John has been the MP for Weston, Worle and the Villages since 2005 and in 2015 he achieved the biggest majority on record in his constituency. He is currently the co-chair of the All Party Group on Best Brexit – a group of MPs committed to honouring the referendum result and delivering the best deal possible for the UK as a whole – as well as being a member of the European Research Group. He is also actively campaigning to make homes more affordable and to save green fields by axing planning restrictions on the height of urban buildings as well as to introduce a UK Sovereign Wealth Fund. From 2010-2016, John held various Ministerial posts. In 2015 he was Minister for Constitutional Reform, from 2010-12 he was Tourism & Heritage Minister and between 2013-2015 he was a Government Whip. John had an extensive and successful business career before he entered Parliament, working for a variety of large, blue chip companies.

Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She holds a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy for Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy of Management. She sits on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce. Her books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don't Get It”; “It's the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; and “Redesigning Manufacturing”, with Nielsen and Beverland. She is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London and sits on the City’s Members Diversity Working Party.

Emma Revie

Emma Revie is the Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust, a charity that supports a network of over 420 foodbanks to provide emergency food to people in crisis, offer additional support and campaign for change. Previously she was Chief Executive at youth charities Ambition and Landmark, and Head of Donor Services at international aid charity Tearfund. She has also run her own freelance consultancy and training business, and is treasurer of The Centre for Youth Impact, a community of organisations working together to progress thinking in youth work.

Pat Ritchie

Pat Ritchie has delivered a programme of transformational change since joining Newcastle City Council as chief executive in 2013, within the organisation as well as working with local and regional partners across all sectors to create the conditions for sustained economic growth in the city. Having worked in national and local government she continues to influence housing and economic development policy nationally and played a leading role in securing the multimillion-pound investment deal to bring Legal and General to Newcastle’s flagship Science Central development. Pat worked closely with police and other partners to respond and support victims as part of Operation Sanctuary and led the high profile media response on conclusion of the trials. She led on negotiations with government for the North of Tyne devolution deal and is the interim chief executive of the new North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Neil Sherlock CBE

Neil Sherlock CBE is a Senior Adviser, PwC and Joint Chair of the French Chamber of Commerce Brexit Forum. In Government 2012-13 Neil was Special Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. He has served on four groups looking at the role of business in society, The Lord Mayor’s Trust Advisory Group (2017-18); The Centre for Social Justice inquiry (2015-16); Fair Access to the Professions chaired by Alan Milburn (2009) and the Carnegie Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society (2008-10).

Gemma Tetlow

Gemma Tetlow is Chief Economist at the Institute for Government. The institute aims to improve the effectiveness of government through providing rigorous research and analysis, topical commentary and offering a space for discussion and fresh thinking. Gemma joined the organisation in April 2018 and works across the institute’s programme areas. Between 2016 and 2018, Gemma was Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times, reporting on and analysing economic developments in the UK and globally. Before that, Gemma led the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ work on public finances and pensions. Gemma has a PhD in economics from University College London.

Professor Tony Travers

Professor Tony Travers is Director of LSE London, a research centre at The London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a Visiting Professor in LSE’s Department of Government. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. Professor Travers is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government: The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City.

Olivia Utley

Olivia Utley is Deputy Editor at TheArticle. She has written for The Times, The Telegraph, City AM, CapX, The Sun and Standpoint. She was the former News Editor at Reaction.

Nigel Wilson

Nigel was appointed Group Chief Executive of Legal & General in 2012 having joined as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009. He won the ‘Most Admired Leader’ award at Britain's Most Admired Companies Awards 2017, for Management Today. He was also City AM “Business Personality of the Year” in 2014. In 2015-2016 Nigel was a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. Nigel was Chairman of the Investment Association’s review of Executive Pay (2016-2017) and the governments review of Mission Led Business (2016- 2017). He was also a member of the governments Patient Capital Review Industry Panel (2017–2018) and a Commissioner in the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission (2017–2018). Nigel is currently a member of the expert group advising on the government’s Social Care Green Paper. Qualifications include a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a Kennedy Scholar, and a recipient of the Alfred P Sloan research scholarship. He also worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).