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philip-staff-photoProfessor Philip Booth is Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham and Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. From 2002-2015 he was Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at Cass Business School. Previously, Philip Booth worked for the Bank of England as an advisor on financial stability issues and he was also Associate Dean of Cass Business School and held various other academic positions at City University. He has written widely on investment, finance, social insurance and pensions as well as on the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics.

Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. He has previously worked in the investment department of Axa Equity and Law and was been involved in a number of projects to help develop actuarial professions and actuarial, finance and investment professional teaching programmes in Central and Eastern Europe. Philip has a BA in Economics from the University of Durham and a PhD from City University.


220px-jeremy_browne_-_minister_for_crime_preventionJeremy Browne
is the former Member of Parliament for Taunton, and held ministerial positions in the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2010 – 2013. Since leaving parliament, Jeremy has held the position of Special Representative for the City of London to the Europe Union. His role is to represent the UK based financial and professional services sectors at the highest levels in Brussels and in EU Member States, with policy makers, regulators, central bankers, MEPs, commissioners and officials, national governments and other key opinion formers. He covers a range of EU issues including the UK EU Referendum and the Capital Markets Union.



steve-spDr Steve Davies
is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991).




Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith is the Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), and former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (DWP). He was elected Member of Parliament for Chingford in 1992, and re-elected in 1997 as Member of Parliament for the re-drawn constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green. Iain was promoted to William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet in 1997 as Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security, moving to Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in 1999.

In 2001 Iain was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. After stepping down in 2003 he set up the CSJ, an independent think tank which is committed to tackling poverty and social breakdown. He served as Secretary of State at DWP from 2010 till March 2016. During this time he undertook the most significant programme of welfare reform in modern times, transforming the benefit and pension systems, as well as employment services and support. Perhaps the most significant reforms were the introduction of Universal Credit, the Work Programme, bringing together private and voluntary sectors to get unemployed people back into work, and the introduction of the Single Tier Pension. Iain is married to Betsy, and they have four adult children.




Abigail Hall-Blanco is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Tampa. She received her PhD in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 2015, and graduated with a B.A. in economics and business administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.





img_4878-2Rev. Richard Turnbull is the Director of the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics. He has a wide range of experience in business, the church and public life, having spent over eight years as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young, the youngest ever member of the Press Council and was ordained into the ministry of the Church of England in 1994.

He has served on the General Synod and was a member of the Archbishops’ Council, the Chairman of the Synod’s Business Committee and chaired a number of church working parties as well as Principal of Wycliffe Hall (University of Oxford) from 2005-2012. He has authored several books including an acclaimed biography of the social reformer, Lord Shaftesbury, is a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.



wolfBaroness Alison Wolf
is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, and she sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce.

She has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills; writes widely for the national press and is a presenter for Analysis on BBC Radio 4; and in March 2011 completed the Wolf Review of Vocational Education for the Secretary of State for Education.




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