FEATURED SPEAKERS
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Joanna Davinson

Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer
Home Office
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Ben Page

Chief Executive
Ipsos MORI
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Matthew Taylor

Chief Executive
RSA
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Gemma Tetlow

Chief Economist
Institute for Government

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Anita Anand

News and Politics Broadcaster
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Joanna Davinson

Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer
Home Office
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Sarah Howard

Vice President
CIPFA
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Ben Page

Chief Executive
Ipsos MORI
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Andrew Rawnsley

Chief Political Commentator and Associate Editor
The Observer
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Matthew Taylor

Chief Executive
RSA
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Gemma Tetlow

Chief Economist
Institute for Government
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Mark Wilcock

Director
Zomalex
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James Woudhuysen

Visiting Professor of Forecasting and Innovation
London South Bank University

Anita Anand

News and Politics Broadcaster

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Anita Anand is a BBC news and politics broadcaster. She took over from Jonathan Dimbleby as host of Radio 4’s debate programme Any Answers. She previously co-presented The Daily Politics with Andrew Neil and also Double Take, The Anita Anand Show and 5Live’s Sunday morning show exploring the stories behind the headlines.

Starting her career at Zee TV, Anita was one of the youngest news editors in the country. She went on to become the channel’s political correspondent and made a series of documentary films about the political aspirations of Asian communities in marginal constituencies before the 1997 election. She then became co-host of Radio 5 live’s Drive.

Combining wit and insight, Anita’s breadth of knowledge and skill at thinking on her feet make her a popular live host for a wide variety of audiences. Anita has also presented Beyond Westminster, the Westminster Hour, Midweek and Saturday Live for Radio 4, and Have Your Say on the BBC World Service. She has written for The Independent, Guardian, Asian Age and India Today, and is the author of the acclaimed Sophia – Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary, a biography of an Indian princess who was a key figure during one of the most fascinating periods of her country’s, and the British Empire’s, history. Her latest book, Koh-i- Noor, the story of the world’s most infamous diamond, is already an international bestseller.

Joanna Davinson

Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer
Home Office
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Joanna joined the Home Office in November 2017 following a 28 year career with PWC and IBM, where she focussed on delivering large Public Sector ICT programmes, often in the UK but also for governments across Europe and in the US/Canada. Before that Joanna enjoyed 5 years in the Civil Service in the National Audit Office and is delighted to now be back in central Government at the Home Office. She is the department’s Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, leading a team of over 3,000 employees reporting directly to the Permanent Secretary, with a seat at the departmental Board.

As Chief DDaT Officer her role is to provide exceptionally strong leadership and senior-level advocacy, internally within the Home Office and across Government, and externally, for the delivery of digital, data and technology solutions that support the department’s current and future business transformation programmes. In doing so she will bring a deep knowledge of the technology and digital landscape and marketplace to the Home Office, and ensure that the Home Office makes effective use of modern standards and solutions.


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Sarah Howard

Vice President
CIPFA
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Sarah is a partner and head of public sector at Grant Thornton. Sarah’s passion for the sector and strong support for CIPFA has seen Grant Thornton become the largest UK recruiter of CIPFA students and the first firm to launch the CIPFA apprenticeship scheme and adopt the new Integrated Qualification.

Sarah spends much of her time between the north of England and London, leading the firm’s public sector assurance and advisory practice. Sarah has been lucky to work with a variety of clients over the last 25 years, seeing most recently the devolution changes across Greater Manchester first hand. Previously Sarah was a partner at RSM Robson Rhodes, and before that was with the Audit Commission in Bristol and Yorkshire.

Sarah has been an active volunteer for CIPFA over much of her career, as an examiner, regional executive member and as an elected council member. Sarah’s volunteering efforts have been recognised by the Institute through both the Dr Hedley Marshall Award for outstanding contribution to regional activities and the Tom Sowerby Award for outstanding services to CIPFA students.


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Ben Page

Chief Executive
Ipsos MORI
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Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed hundreds of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour.

From 1987-1992 Ben worked in our private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts.

He became Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland in 2009.

Ben is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and serves on advisory groups at the Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Social Market Foundation (SMF), and is a Trustee at the Centre for London. He is also a commissioner on the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission. He was named in GQ’s 100 Most Connected Men of 2015.

He regularly appears on national TV and radio programmes.


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Andrew Rawnsley

Chief Political Commentator and Associate Editor
The Observer
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Andrew Rawnsley is Chief Political Commentator and Associate Editor of The Observer and a regular broadcaster on TV and radio on political issues.

Andrew presented the Radio 4 show, The Westminster Hour, securing a series of major newsmaking and agenda-setting scoops. Before that he was presenter of Channel 4’s highly popular, A Week In Politics. He later hosted ITV’s flagship political programme, The Sunday Edition. He has won a series of awards, including the prestigious What The Papers Say award as Columnist of the Year, and Journalist of the Year in both the Channel 4 and Public Affairs political awards.

Andrew is the author of the controversial political book, Servants of the People – a Biography of New Labour. His inside account provides an entertaining view and highlights Labour’s inherent problems. Andrew is considered one of the best informed commentators on the New Labour era and has written and presented a number of acclaimed programmes on the time including The Rise And Fall Of Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown: Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Matthew Taylor

Chief Executive
RSA
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Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006. During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 29,000 Fellows and has developed a global profile as a platform for ideas.  In July 2017 Matthew published the report ‘Good Work’; an independent review into modern employment, which was commissioned by the UK Prime Minister.

Prior to this appointment, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Previous roles include Labour Party Director of Policy and Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive of the ippr the UK’s leading left of centre think tank.

Matthew is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today Programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He had written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze.  He has posted over a thousand times on his RSA blog site and tweets as @RSAMatthew.


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Gemma Tetlow

Chief Economist
Institute for Government
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Gemma is chief economist at the Institute for Government. Before that she spent two years as Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times, covering economic developments in the UK and globally.

She started her career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where she spent 11 years, including leading the Institute’s work on public finances and pensions.


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Mark Wilcock

Director
Zomalex
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Mark is an independent consultant specialises in the analysis, visualisation and reporting of financial and economic data.  He runs London Business Analytics Group, a very popular, active meetup.  He is a Microsoft MVP on the Data Platform. He has a MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and an MBA from Imperial College, London.

James Woudhuysen

Visiting Professor of Forecasting and Innovation
London South Bank University
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James’ expertise spans IT, energy, construction, manufacturing, leisure and retailing. He has a proven track record of seeing trends before his peers and delivering counter-intuitive but highly pragmatic proposals on how to react. The former head of worldwide market intelligence at Philips questions our assumptions on everything from risk to industrial strategy. James also publishes essays and white papers addressing issues such as medicine, housing, cities and transport.

James Woudhuysen is visiting Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at London South Bank University. His ability to spot trends before many of his peers, and his habit of delivering often surprising conclusions and practical recommendations based on these trends mark him out as an iconoclast in the world of forecasting and innovation.

From the early days of IT when, in 1981, James stated that the main issue it had to tackle was that of the user interface, he has consistently warned and predicted correctly. He foresaw the dot com crash, the success of 3G, and the need for mass produced housing whilst many in their respective industries still held contrary views. With an understanding of every sector from telecoms to transport, energy to economics, retail to construction, the only areas he avoids in his forecasts are the weather, the stock market, and personal predictions of health, wealth and happiness.

Starting his career in journalism, James then joined the innovation and design consultancy Fitch as its head of research. Later he was chief of global market intelligence for Philips consumer electronics. He also founded consultancy on IT and on cities at The Henley Centre for Forecasting, WPP, and was a director of the acclaimed product design practice, Seymour Powell. Today, he writes and speaks on innovation in the fields of work, IT, energy and the environment, international trade, consumers, and – in the first place – business.


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