Past Speakers include:


Jon Stern — click for full biography

Jon Stern is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy (CCRP) in the Department of Economics at City University, London. He is also a Panel Member at the Competition and Market Authoruty (CMA) and an Associate Researcher at EPRG, Cambridge. Previously, Jon Stern was a Senior Advisor at CEPA (Cambridge Economic Policy Associates) and an Associate Director of the Regulation Initiative at the London Business School.

Jon has worked extensively as an economic consultant and before that he spent over 15 years as an economist in the UK Government Economic Service. He has published a sizeable number of papers on infrastructure industries and their regulation in both developed and developing countries as well as co-authoring a major World Bank book. He is a member of the Office of Rail Regulation academic panel.


Professor Lilian Edwards — click for full biography

Professor Edwards is a leading academic in the field of Internet law. She has taught information technology law, e-commerce law, and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence since 1985. Her current research interests, while broad, revolve around the topics of online privacy, intermediary liability, cybercrime, Internet pornography, digital assets and digital copyright enforcement.

Since 2012, Edwards has been Deputy Director of CREATe, the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology, a £5m Research Councils UK research centre about copyright and business models. She is also a frequent speaker in the media and has been invited to lecture in many universities in Europe, Asia, America, Australasia and most recently, South Africa.


Professor Michael Pollitt — click for full biography

Professor of Business Economics

Director of Studies in Management and Economics and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University

Dr Pollitt is co-editor of Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy and a member of the editorial board of the Review of Industrial Organization and Competition and Regulation in Network Industries. He is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research (CBR) and a member of the Faculty of Economics. He is currently a member of the Office of Rail Regulation's expert advisory panel. Since 2000 he has been convenor of the Association of Christian Economists, UK.

Dr Pollitt has advised the UK Competition Commission, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, Ofgem, Ofwat, ESRC, the Norwegian Research Council, the DTI, the World Bank and the European Commission. He has also consulted for National Grid, AWG, Eneco, Nuon, Roche and TenneT. He is the Coach on the Cambridge MBA's Energy & Environment concentration, and the University's Energy Champion for Policy, Economics and Risk. He is Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group, and a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network.


Dr Paul Wragg — click for full biography

Associate Professor, School of Law, Leeds University

I joined the School in 2009 having previously taught at Durham University and the University of Birmingham. I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and worked in practice in London, Leeds and Birmingham. In October 2012, I was appointed as an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2012-2015). I have held visiting fellowships at the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne.

My research focuses on aspects of media law. I am the Media and Communications section convenor for the Society of Legal Scholars and the previous author of the section on privacy in Westlaw’s Insight legal encyclopedia. I was shortlisted for the Society of Legal Scholars Best Paper Prize in 2012. The Australian Law Reform Committee quoted my work in its recent report on privacy. I have also been assisting the Impress Project in its bid to become a Leveson-compliant press regulator.


Dr. Adesina Iluyemi — click for full biography

University of Portsmouth

Dr Adesina Iluyemi is knowledgeable in mHealth, eHealth and Telemedicine innovation and policy and has published in these domains and he is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and meetings. He has advised different national and international multilateral, public, private and voluntary organizations and has provided technical assistance to developing countries on National eHealth Policy & Strategies development. Adesina has made notable contributions to Global mHealth & mHealth. He contributed to the report on mHealth in Developing Countries in 2008 commissioned by the United Nations Foundation and also to the United Nations ESOSOC process on eHealth in Africa in 2009. He recently co-authored a book titled 'Making national eHealth policies and strategies work', published by the Commonwealth Secretariat and a report titled 'mHealth Review: Joining up healthcare in a wireless world'.

He trained as a Dental Surgeon and has a postgraduate diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He has submitted a PhD thesis at the University of Portsmouth on eHealth and a Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine and African Science Institute. He is a Co-Founder and Vice President at MoDiSe, working to bring low-cost mobile clinical diagnostic devices to African and developing countries and was selected a Judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, 2012.


Dr Helena Wray — click for full biography

Associate Professor, School of Law, Middlesex University

Dr Helena Wray has a strong record of research and publication in the area of UK migration law and policy, particularly as it affects families. She has provided expert evidence in several legal challenges, including to the compatibility with human rights of the pre-entry language requirement for partners, recently heard in the Supreme Court, and of the minimum income requirement for partners which was heard in the Court of Appeal last year and is likely to be heard by the Supreme Court. She is managing editor of Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law and one of the UK country experts for the European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship. In March 2013, she gave oral evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration during their investigation of the new family migration rules.


Heather Ward — click for full biography

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, UCL

Heather Ward is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL and is also an independent consultant.

Heather has worked in road safety research at UCL for the EU, National and Local Governments, the OECD, UK charities and Trusts, and research organisations in Australia.

Heather has also worked in the international and national health area in relation to inequalities especially in injury occurrence and prevention. She chaired a NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) Group which published Guidance on Strategies to Prevent Unintentional Injuries among under 15s.

Her key experience is in evaluation of road engineering schemes; speed management; vulnerable road user safety; inequalities, and in understanding and improving data quality for all injuries but especially those relating to road casualties.

Heather is also Chair of Trustees at the Child Accident Prevention Trust, and Chair of the Road Environment Working Party for PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety)


Rolf Alter — click for full biography

Director - Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, OECD

Mr. Rolf Alter is Director for Public Governance and Territorial Development of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He leads a team of 150 staff to support governments in improving their public sector performance for the well-being of citizens and the competitiveness of their economies. Key areas include institutional reform, innovation, transparency and integrity in the public sector, results-oriented budgeting, regulatory reform, and the economics of regions and cities. Under his leadership, the Directorate pursues a rich programme of co-operation with non-member countries and international institutions to advance the research on empirical evidence and good policy practices of public sector economics and governance.

Previously, Mr. Alter was Chief of Staff of OECD Secretary-General Mr. Angel Gurría. He joined the OECD in 1991. Throughout his career with OECD he held different positions in the Economics Department and the Department of Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs. Between 1996 and 1998, Mr. Alter was an advisor to the Executive Director of the OECD, Mr Jean-Jacques Noreau.

Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Alter was an economist in the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C. He started his professional career in 1981 in the German Ministry of Economy in Bonn. He is currently a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr. Alter holds a doctorate degree from the University of Goettingen, Germany, following post-graduate work in Germany and the United States.


Paul Bang — click for full biography

Petroleum Safety Authority, Norway

Mr. Paul Bang has been working in Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) (from 2004 when these institutions were separated) since 1987. He has held several positions throughout the years including line management, and member of the senior management team for following up safety in the Petroleum activities in Norway.

He has also been engaged in Norway's work with aid in third world countries for many years through the Norwegian aid program Oil for Development. He works particularly with regulatory issues giving advice in regulation making and enforcement of regulation in petroleum activities, especially in Africa.

Paul Bang holds a B.Sc. in Political Science from University in Bergen and has been widely used as a speaker on national and international conferences and has also been giving lectures at the University of Stavanger for many years, where he present give lectures in Regulatory development and Management of safety, health and environment in the petroleum sector of Norway.

Present he is working with regulatory development and - affairs as a senior strategic advisor for PSA Norway, responsible for special projects, including assisting the Ministry in preparing White Papers, studies and reviews.


Graham Russell MBE — click for full biography

Chief Executive, BRDO

Graham Russell is responsible for leading the drive for better local regulation in the UK. As Chief Executive of LBRO, Graham led the organisation through the Public Bodies Review and the transition to BRDO. Under his leadership LBRO worked to support local authorities in improving regulatory services and with national government to improve the underlying system of local regulation.

Graham worked in local authority regulatory services for more than 20 years and his last post before joining LBRO was Head of Trading Standards and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council. He also chaired the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CeNTSA), and the Staffordshire Moorlands Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, sat on the West Midlands Business Crime Forum and worked with the government on the Hampton and Rogers reviews and on developing Consumer Direct, regional intelligence units and the ScamBusters initiative.


Milan J N Meetarbhan — click for full biography

HE Ambassador of Mauritius to the United Nations

Milan J.N Meetarbhan was appointed Chief Executive of the Financial Services Commission - the integrated regulator for all financial services other than banking - in December 2005.

Mr Meetarbhan has long been associated with the development of the financial services sector in Mauritius.

He acted as legal adviser to the Ministry of Finance from 1986 to 1990 and was involved in the setting up of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. He was subsequently appointed as a member of the Stock Exchange Commission. He served as the Chairperson of the Financial Services Consultative Committee, set up by Government in 1997 to review a comprehensive set of legislation relating to the financial services sector.

Prior to his appointment at the Financial Services Commission, his legal practice focused mainly on corporate law. He advised a number of international corporations operating in the global business sector and has also served as a director on the boards of several companies and funds.

Mr Meetarbhan was Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Government’s Policy Unit from 1995 to 1998. He served as Chairperson of Mauritius Telecom from 1998 to 2000.

Formerly Associate Professor of Law and Head of the Law School of the University of Mauritius, Mr Meetarbhan was conferred the title of Honorary Fellow in Law by the University of Mauritius in October 2007.

Prior to starting his career in Mauritius, Mr Meetarbhan served for four years as an Executive in the Legal Department of an inter-governmental organization based in Paris.

Mr Meetarbhan studied law in London and Paris. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple and then obtained a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies en Droit des Relations Internationales et des Organisations Internationales from the Sorbonne, a Diplome d’Etudes Superieures Specialisées en Diplomatie et Relations Internationales from Université Paris XI and a Doctorate in International Law from the Sorbonne.


Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town — click for full biography

Opposition Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office

Diane hayter was raised to the peerage as Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, of Kentish Town in the London Borough of Camden 2010.

In the House of Lords, she has been an Opposition Whip, and Opposition Spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills (Consumer Affairs), and also the Cabinet Office.

Baroness Hayter is a Labour Peer and in the party she has held many senior positions, including being on the Executive Committee of the London Labour Party, the National Constitution Committee, and the National Executive Committee.

Outside of politics and in the regulatory sphere, she has been a member of the Financial Reporting Council's Board of Actuarial Standards, the Pensions Regulator’s Determinations Panel, the Surveying Ombudsman Service, and the Insolvency Practices Council.

She is also chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel and was formerly vice chairman of the Financial Services Authority Consumer Panel and chair of the Consumer Panel of the Bar Standards Board.

Her political interests include trade unions, consumer affairs, and women’s issues.


Robert Goebbels MEP — click for full biography

Member, Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis

•  Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [See]

•  Committee on Industry, Research and Energy [See]
•  Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis [See]

•  Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs [See]
•  Special committee on the policy challenges and budgetary resources for a sustainable European Union after 2013 [See]
•  Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly [See]

Curriculum vitae
•  President of the Luxembourg Journalists Association (1972-1974).
•  Secretary-General of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party (1970-1985).
•  Member of Luxembourg City Council (1976-1984 and 1999-2004). Vice-President of the GATT Ministerial Conference at Punta del Este (Uruguay Round). Signed the Single European Act on behalf of Luxembourg (1986). President of the Intergovernmental Conference that concluded the Schengen Agreement (1985).
•  State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (1984-1989). Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of Transport and Minister of Public Works (1989-1994). Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of Public Works and Minister of Energy (1994-1999).
•  Member of the European Parliament (since 1999).


Dr Jon Bell CB — click for full biography

Dr Jon Bell worked for the UK government on the development and implementation of agri-food policy and legislation for over 30 years. After 25 years with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, he helped to set up the UK Food Standards Agency in 2000 and became its first Director of Food Safety Policy and Deputy Chief Executive. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2002. On retiring from the Agency in April 2006, he set up his own company, Jon Bell Associates, to provide scientific and regulatory advice to the public and private sectors on agriculture and food matters from farm to fork. He also advises on risk assessment, management, and communication, crisis management and ways of improving organisational efficiency in the public sector. He has advised a wide range of overseas companies and organisations including the governments of Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Macedonia, Turkey, Kuwait, Ireland and China.


Lynne Dorward — click for full biography

Regulatory Affairs Consultant; President LADCOMM Corporation


LADCOMM Corporation
August 2011 – Present (1 year 6 months) Ottawa, Canada Area

International telecommunications consulting firm with a wide range of M & A and regulatory projects over the last 18 years on all 6 inhabited continents.

Head - International Affairs

Telecommunications Management Group, Inc.
2011 – Present (2 years)

TMG is a consulting firm comprised of experts in the information and communications technology sector that develop and implement regulatory, technical, policy and financial strategies for private sector companies and governments

Group Chief Regulatory Officer

April 2007 – August 2011 (4 years 5 months)Bahrain and Kuwait

As Group CRO, regulatory oversight, governance and support for 23 operating companies in Africa (until June 2010 sale to Bharti Airtel) and the Middle East.

Senior Consultant

2003 – 2007 (4 years)

Regulatory and bid development support and consulting to operators and regulators.

Senior Consultant

TIW Group Ltd
2000 – 2003 (3 years)Montreal

International telecom bid strategy, preparation and project management.

Asst VP Telecom Development

Bell Canada International
1991 – 1994 (3 years)

International M&A in Europe, Latin America and Asia.


Ian Rennie — click for full biography

Former civil servant, MCIM and FCIPD

2010 - present, Principal Consultant
Delivery of a portfolio of services for UK and overseas customers. This includes working with the UK's Department of Energy on policy options after it secured £1bn from the Treasury to pay for the development of demonstration technology to capture and bury carbon emissions from power plants. As well as working with the Legal Services Board on regulation policy and how to leverage influence and manage negotiations, Ian worked with the Georgian Electoral Commission on developing electoral policy, processes and systems.

2005 - 2010, Deputy Director, Leadership Development
Responsibilities included the delivery of a portfolio of leadership development and high potential development programmes in the public sector. This includes managing the development and delivery of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) leadership programme for its senior civil servants and supporting grades 6 and 7 as well as the continued development and delivery of the prestigious internally and externally recruited fast stream development programme. As well as working with Cabinet Office on the development of policy and delivery of the Professional Skills for Government agenda, Ian developed an executive coaching function used by senior officials in Department of Health, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DTI. Successes in this period included ensuring that risk and risk management were firmly embedded in the policy process of the organisation, by developing learning solutions and awareness material as well as working with members of DTI's Executive Board on risk appetite. Ian also led the British Embassy team in Paris through a change programme that included developing the team's objective setting and business planning skills. Having developed the relevant skills Ian facilitated the application of business planning techniques within each team and then supported the re-engineering of the unit, including the delivery of displacement training and team building support. This work has substantially contributed to the Embassy cementing its position at the top of the UKTI comparative data league. On the basis of this work, Ian was sought out by the First Secretary Spain to facilitate the integration of the Spain and Portugal commercial teams into a joint Iberian team. Ian was also sought out to help progress policy on better ways of managing workplace conflict in the UK working with Michael Gibbons (author of "the Gibbons Review") the TUC, CIPD, ACAS, Federation of Small Businesses and other union and employer representatives to discuss the way forward on the new dispute resolution arrangements intended to resolve employment problems using mediation to avoid going to tribunal. ACAS subsequently invited Ren to work with the senior management team work on the project plan for delivering the required new ways of working that were a consequence of these changes.

1999 - 2002, Assistant Director, Delivery
Whilst managing the delivery of all charged services, as a consultant in his own right Ian's successes included positioning the organisation to take full advantage of the growing interest in the EFQM Excellence Model. Ian became a British Quality Foundation licensed Business Excellence Model Adviser and used the model to manage strategic change with customers in the public sector. After further research, this was matched this with a balanced scorecard approach and many customers still use this method to manage headline objectives today. Successes also included being sought out by the United Nations International Labour Organisation to deliver a 5-day programme on the Globalisation of Human Resource Management at its training headquarters in Turin. At this time Ian also worked with the UK's National Audit Office and Ernst and Young to develop the successful "Risk and Success in Policy Making" programme.

1998 - 1999, Assistant Director
Ian managed a strategic review and re-structuring learning delivery function, communicating and managing the changes to deliver increased volumes of work whilst continuing to deliver its full economic costs despite a reduction in overall personnel complement. At this time, Ian also developed and delivered a leadership development programme for the Northern Ireland Office Senior Civil Service. A successful pilot of the development programme with Permanent Secretary Sir Joe Pilling and his senior team, which included multi source feedback, ensured that it was delivered to the entire NIO SCS population in support of its commitment to the principles of the Modernising Government White Paper.

1996 - 1998, Head of Training Delivery
Responsible for the allocation of a team of development consultants Ian ensured that a £1.8m target turnover was delivered. This role was pivotal in ensuring products were developed and delivered by appropriate consultants to agreed standards. At the same time Ian remained an active development consultant himself, developing the IVCA award winning video on the relationship between Ministerial Private Offices and policy officials in different Departments. Ian project managed the entire process from research through to the delivery of a script to screen service and "Getting it Together" is still used in many Government Departments today.

1995 - 1996, Head of Distance Learning Interventions
Responsible for the identification of distance learning opportunities, and the design and delivery of non-classroom interventions. Successes at this time included the authoring of a computer based training package on equal opportunity that sold widely throughout the public and private sector. At this time Ian also designed and delivered the highly successful Industrial Relations programme that brought together Official Side Secretariat and Trade Union personnel to learn alongside each other. This programme successfully delivered its objective of enhanced relations as well as delivering valuable learning on negotiation techniques, employment law issues and the work of employment tribunals.

1992 - 1994, Investors in People Consultant
As a member of the Training Adviser Service, Ian identified Investors in People (IiP) as an area of interest for its main customers and sought and gained Investors in People Assessor qualification. In subsequently delivered IiP advice to public sector customers, enabling them to successfully prepare for assessment and IiP recognition.

1990-1992, IT Training Consultant
Ian delivered the learning that supported the roll out of the first tranche of PC's and networked machines to be used in DTI. This work included evaluating the short listed Information Technology providers and actively informed the Department's policy decision in identifying the successful provider. Ian then managed the design and delivery of hardware and software learning packages in support of the newly introduced technology.

1986 - 1990, Policy Official
Responsible for providing advice to various Secretaries of State and their Ministerial teams on industrial policy and regional policy issues. Ian managed Board level negotiations with private sector organisations with vested interest in the area of stimulating economic recovery in the less favoured geographic areas of the UK economy. Ian was also responsible for urban economic regeneration delivered via a Government funded non Departmental Public Body and managed its service level agreement with the (then) Department of Trade and Industry as well as the corporate Governance associated with its £10 million per annum grant in aid.

1983 - 1986, Policy Official,
Working in particular with Sections 7 and 8 of the Industrial Development Act, Ian's role involved the delivery of written and oral policy advice to the Secretary of State and Ministers on regional policy issues and providing the draft answers to parliamentary questions, speeches and correspondence. Specifically, this involved the formulation of objectives and strategies supporting the DTI's work on industrial policy issues, a review of the Assisted Areas map and a revised regional development grant scheme.


Steve Douglas — click for full biography

Partner at Altair Consultancy and Advisory Services Ltd

Steve specialises in leadership and change management of diverse and complex organisations. He offers wide experience of housing, regeneration and community development at both a strategic and an operational delivery level. He has a long career in the sector, and is an expert speaker on affordable housing.

Steve, who has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, began his career in housing as an intern at the New York City Department of Planning and Urban Development. Since then, he has held a number of senior regeneration and development positions, as well as being chief executive at two housing associations and the Housing Corporation.

As chief executive of the Housing Corporation, Steve headed up the agency which had responsibility for an £8.4 billion three-year budget to deliver 155,000 affordable homes and regulate England’s 2,000 housing associations, led on the creation of the National Affordable Homes Programme and was responsible for managing the successful separation and transfer of the Corporation’s role and functions into two new agencies.


Sarah Veale — click for full biography

Head, Equality and Employment Rights Department, TUC

Sarah Veale is Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the TUC, where she has worked since 1985 . The Department covers women's equality, equal pay, race equality, disabled workers' equality, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, and equality on the basis of religion and age; the Department also leads on employment rights, both individual and collective.

Before becoming Head of Equality and Employment Rights, Sarah was Senior Employment Rights Officer, in which role she was responsible for the development of TUC policy on employment law. She co-ordinated TUC activities in relation to the introduction of the Employment Relations Act 1999 and wrote the TUC Guide to the Act. She was also responsible for various TUC submissions to the Government, and was a member of the TUC team which negotiated the national framework agreement with the CBI and the Government on the Information and Consultation Regulations. She regularly briefs senior union officers on developments in employment and equality law. She is co-author of "Your Rights at Work", the TUC's book on employment rights.

Sarah is a member of the ACAS Council and the Government's Better Regulation Task Force.

Sarah's interests include her family, music, reading and politics.


Tony Cash — click for full biography

Former Dept for Business Official

Tony has 20 years experience of leadership and delivery in the civil service, and many years training and coaching experience. His extensive track record of working across central government in diverse roles gives him an excellent understanding of the challenges facing public sector officials at all levels. His career experience includes: deputy director of the training consultancy PTSC, head of strategy and communications in trade policy, assistant director of the Enterprise Bill team and assistant director for the Low Pay Commission. He is an expert on policy making and regulatory reform issues. He is passionate about coaching and helping managers use coaching skills. He has delivered many successful learning and development projects:

Recent Achievements
Design and delivery of Policy Impact Assessment training programmes for hundreds of people in the Department for Business (BIS) and Department for Transport and their agencies. Also provided Equality Impact Assessment training.

Development and delivery of economics training across BIS and elsewhere.

Facilitating groups of Fast Stream/Accelerated Development Programme delegates on the widely acclaimed development schemes (for BIS, Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the Departments for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Children Schools and Families).

Design and delivery of management and leadership training e.g. coaching skills, diversity for key leaders, feedback skills and objective setting.

Development and delivery of comprehensive Welcome to the Civil Service induction programme in an innovative accelerated format.

Innovative telephone-based 360 degree feedback programmes for senior civil servants. Interview-based feedback programme to review effectiveness of impact assessment peer review group.

Tony Cash holds a Msc in Organisation Development, BA in Economics and Sociology and a CIPD Certificate in Training Practice. He is a certified Master Practitioner of NLP, Prince 2 Practitioner registered, MBTI accredited and holds a certificate in Executive Coaching.