About this event
Join us for an evening with Will Hutton: political economist, author, academic and columnist.
Will Hutton has an extensive CV; he is currently President of the Academy of Social Sciences (since 2021), is a regular columnist for The Observer (since 1996), co-chairs the Purposeful Company (since 2015), chairs the advisory board of the Fairness Foundation, is a Trustee of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, is a member of the Progressive Economic Forum, and on the editorial advisory board of Prospect magazine.
His now 50-year career spans a period as an investment banker, the Economics editorship of The Guardian and BBC2 Newsnight, the editorship of The Observer, the chief executive of the Work Foundation, and Principal of Hertford College Oxford. Along the way he has won awards for his journalism and as a thought leader in Human Resources.
He has written six major books on political economy including The State We’re In (1995), a critique of the impact of free market fundamentalism that has become one of the best-selling political economy books since 1945.
His other best-selling books include The Writing on the Wall (2007), The World We’re In (2002), Them and Us (2010), and How Good We Can Be (2015). He has a new book planned for 2024, entitled This Time No Mistakes: How Britain was Broken and How to Fix It.
Hutton has chaired two government Commissions – one on Public Sector Pay for the Coalition government in 2011 and one on the Creative Industries for the Labour government in 2007.
He was rapporteur for the EU’s Kok Commission in 2004, and was one of “twelve wise men and women” to reflect on the future of Europe at the request of President Prodi in 2002.
He has chaired, directed and/or founded four think tanks (The Employment Policy Institute, The Purposeful Company, The Big Innovation Centre, The Work Foundation), holds a degree in Economics and Sociology from Bristol University, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Hutton will share his thoughts and wisdom on the current state of affairs in an enlightening, intimate and thought-provoking evening. There will be a chance to ask questions and City Books will be on-site to sell copies of Hutton's books, which he is happy to sign in the lobby at the end of the evening.