Will Hutton

Will Hutton

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Chair, Big Innovation Centre

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Originally a stockbroker, Will joined Newsnight as economics reporter then became Editor-in-Chief at The Observer. More recently he published a review into fair pay in the public sector. In speeches he sets out the cultural and policy changes under way – and his agenda for reform. He sees no return to business as usual. So long as Government isn’t too wedded to austerity, Will believes inflation and transformative innovation will trigger sustainable recovery.


Will Hutton is the executive vice chair and former chief executive of The Work Foundation, an independent, not for dividend research based consultancy which is the most influential voice on work, workplace and employment issues in Britain.

Will began his career as a stockbroker and investment analyst, before working in BBC TV and radio as a producer and reporter. Prior to joining The Work Foundation, Will spent four years as editor in chief of the Observer and he continues to write a weekly column for the paper.

Will has written several best-selling economic books including
The World We’re In, The State We’re In, The State to Come, The Stakeholding Society and On The Edge with Anthony Giddens. In addition, he won the Political Journalist of the Year award in 1993.

In 2004, Will was invited by the EU Commission to join a High-level Group on the mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy and he acted as rapporteur for the report.

In addition to his role at the The Work Foundation he serves as Governor of the London School of Economics; Honorary Fellow, Mansfield College, Oxford; Visiting Professor, Manchester University Business School and Bristol University and is a member of the Scott Trust.

Will’s latest works are acclaimed analyses of the current world economy, The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21
st Century, and Them and Us.

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