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Alastair ran Labour’s communications for ten years. He now advises on both political and organisational strategy. He’s also written a slew of books including Winners, drawing inspiration from high achievers in sport, business and politics. In presentations Alastair explains what to do when you come under pressure: “Challenge your basic assumptions, put yourselves in your opponent’s shoes, devise a tight plan from the centre... and then pursue it with aggression.”

Anthony is one of the most influential thinkers of the age. He believes in applied ethics - philosophical debate on everyday issues from leadership to profit. In his speeches Anthony explores ‘the lessons of war for the business of life.’ He also considers the different forms of wealth, and how to achieve and use them: “Wealth of any kind (material, moral or intellectual) is pointless unless it’s applied.”

Professor Greer has carved an entire career out of speaking her mind. Since priming a whole seventies generation with The Female Eunuch, Germaine has sparked debate on everything from aboriginal rights to male nudes. 40 years after the arrival of feminism she sees the female narrative disappearing from the media: “We should be angry, but women are put off by ‘the ugliness of rage.’” Her solution is to mobilise along the lines of a WI pressure group.

Lorraine was the first female Controller of BBC One. Armed with the £300m budget she launched Spooks and Strictly, reinvented Dr Who and introduced new idents – changing the feel of the network. She then achieved hits at Talkback Thames with X-Factor, BGT and The Apprentice. “It’s not just about taking risks, it’s about the risk of not taking decisions.”

The self-confessed technology tourist fronts the guide to the latest gadgets and computer industry news, which airs around the world.

The former Newsnight reporter sums up his brief as ‘profit, people and planet.’ In presentations he sets out the risks facing business and policy makers, and the growing clash between network and hierarchy. Paul explores how economic crisis, social networking and a new political consciousness have combined to create waves of activism – from online campaigns to the rise of populist parties across the UK and Europe. He sizes up the economic and social implications.

As the PA’s man in Brussels, Geoff charted Europe’s twists and turns for over three decades, witnessing shifting allegiances and the odd scandal. With an insider’s knowledge and ability to encapsulate the multi-layered world of European politics into straightforward language, Geoff reveals what’s really happening in the financial and political crises sweeping Europe. As well as providing ready analysis, Geoff enjoys dispelling 100 European myths in 30 minutes. For instance, despite charges of lavish over-staffing, all EU institutions put together employ fewer people than Cardiff City Council!

The presenter and media owner accepts the saying about Scotsmen and rays of sunshine. In 2017 he brings a wry humour to the French and German elections – and turns the 188-year old Spectator into a cutting edge digital business. After dinner Andrew sheds light on the backstairs deals.

Michael controlled public spending as Chief Treasury Secretary, then led both Employment and Defence. He’s now an accomplished broadcaster. As well as cosying up to the opposition on the late night TV sofa, Michael has travelled America’s railroads. The ex-Conservative Cabinet Minister also weighs in on the debate in radio’s Moral Maze. After dinner Michael confesses that he often has problems with today’s politicians.

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