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Will Hutton

Will Hutton



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Will Hutton is the Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford and Chair of Big Innovation Centre. Regularly called on to advise senior political and business figures and comment in the national and international media, Will is today one of the pre-eminent economics commentators in the country.

He began his career in the City, as a stockbroker and investment analyst, before moving to the BBC, where he worked both on radio, as a producer and reporter, and on TV as economics correspondent for Newsnight. Prior to joining The Work Foundation, Will spent four years as Editor-in-Chief of the Observer, for which he continues to write a weekly column. He also regularly contributes to the Guardian and the Financial Times.

Will’s books include The State We’re In (1996), which was seen at the time as setting the scene for the Blair revolution. His latest book, Them and Us: Changing Britain – Why we need a fair society, was published in 2010 by Little, Brown.

Will is also is a governor of the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Scott Trust board and a fellow of the Sunningdale Institute. He was the Chair of the Commission on Ownership which delivered its findings in 2012. He also led the Public Sector Fair Pay Review, which published its final report in March 2011.

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Related Reports

Credit Where It's Due: How to revive bank lending to British Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
This report suggests an innovative system of credit easing to boost lending to small and medium enterprises.

Will Hutton and Kenneth Peasnell
28 November 2011

Making the UK a Global Innovation Hub: How business, finance and an enterprising state can transform the UK
The government must act now to avoid a ‘lost decade of stagnation’. They must adopt a strategy of collaborative, entrepreneurial investment in those areas likely to bring the greatest dividends in growth and jobs.

Birgitte Andersen, Ian Brinkley, Will Hutton
08 September 2011

The Discouraged Economy
This report argues that the UK’s financial sector is systematically failing SMEs which could provide the greatest source of innovation, jobs and growth.

Will Hutton, Paul Nightingale
08 September 2011

Related Events

Will Hutton and Birgitte Andersen at Oxford Venturefest 2012
Our Chair and Director, Will Hutton and Birgitte Andersen, spoke at Oxford Venture Fest 2012

19 April 2013

Related Blogs

A new phase for Big Innovation Centre
Big Innovation Centre enters a new phase as an independent company

Will Hutton and Birgitte Andersen
11 August 2014

Will Hutton's speech at the European Innovation Convention 2011
Watch Will Hutton's speech at the European Innovation Convention 2011.

Big Innovation Centre
15 December 2011

A step-change for UK growth and innovation
The UK economy is seriously underperforming with two dangerous twin deficits – one the gap between public spending and revenue, the other between our visible exports and imports.

Professor Birgitte Andersen and Will Hutton
07 September 2011

Related Journals/Articles

The City and the cities: ownership, finance and the geography of recovery
This article argues that failures in the national structure of ownership have had significant consequences in local economies where important companies were based. Published in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

Will Hutton and Dr Neil Lee
17 September 2012

Related Videos/Podcasts

Spending Review 2013
View a video of Ian Brinkley, Will Hutton and Prateek Sureka explaining their thoughts on the 2013 Spending Review

Ian Brinkley, Will Hutton and Prateek Sureka
05 July 2013

Will Hutton at #openoxford
Will Hutton speaks on open innovation at Oxford's conference Rigour and Openness in 21st Century Science, 12th April 2013.

12 April 2013

Related PressReleases

The Big Innovation Centre backs calls for policy which supports innovation-led growth
With support from the Big Innovation Centre, the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (Nesta), today (10 September) published, ‘Plan I: the case for innovation-led growth.’ Professor Birgitte Andersen, director of the Big Innovation Centre, said: “The group have set out a compelling narrative on how policy could further support innovation. The only chance we have to recover from the recession is through action to support innovation.”

Will Hutton and Birgitte Andersen
10 September 2012

Related NewsCoverage

British capitalism is broken. Here’s how to fix it
Will Hutton in The Guardian

Will Hutton
11 February 2015

Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings
Column by Will Hutton in The Guardian

Will Hutton
25 January 2015