Hywel Ball

Hywel Ball, [br]Managing Partner, Assurance, [br]UK & Ireland, UK Head of Audit and UK board member

Hywel has been with EY for over 30 years, 20 of those as Partner providing services for clients across a range of sectors, including many FTSE 100 companies.

Before taking up his current role as Managing Partner for Assurance and Head of Audit, UK, Hywel was the firm’s Industry Leader for the Energy and Utilities sector for EMEIA and Chairman of the firm in Scotland.

He has extensive experience dealing with IPOs, re-financings, large acquisitions and disposal. He also has in-depth knowledge of regulation and dealing with regulatory change. His global experience means he is adept at dealing with clients who operate in IFRS, US and UK GAAP, and has first-hand IFRS conversion experience. He also has wide experience coordinating multinational assignments on large companies, in both an audit and non-audit capacity.

Stephen Haddrill,[br]Chief Executive Officer,[br]Financial Reporting Council

Stephen Haddrill became Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Reporting Council in November 2009. Previously he was Director General of the ABI from May 2005. 

In December 2008, Stephen was appointed as a member of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group (FCAG), the high-level advisory group set up by the International Accounting Standards Board and the Financial Accounting Standards Board to consider financial reporting issues arising from the global financial crisis. 

October 2007 to October 2011, Stephen was appointed Vice President and Chair of the Board of the Institute for Employment Studies, the UK's leading employment and human resources experts. 

Stephen was Director General, Fair Markets Group at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), where he was responsible for the development of the framework within which business operates, including the competition and consumer framework, employment relations, company law, women and equality issues, and also trade and European issues. He held this position from January 2002. 

Stephen studied history and economics at Oxford University and joined the Department of Energy in 1978 where he held a number of posts, principally on nuclear issues and as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Energy.
Laura Kuenssberg

Laura Kuenssberg,[br]Broadcaster and Journalist

Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC's Political Editor.  She was BBC's Newsnight Chief Correspondent and Presenter until the summer of 2015. She provides analysis of the latest stories, both in the UK and internationally from a political point of view.

Formerly Business Editor for ITV and prior to that Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC, Laura won acclaim for her coverage of the 2010 General Election and the formation of the Coalition government. 

Other major stories Laura has covered include Barack Obama's Presidential campaign, the build-up to the Iraq war and the accession of the Eastern European countries into the EU from Prague, Warsaw and Berlin.

Born in Italy, Kuenssberg spent much of her childhood in Glasgow before studying history at the University of Edinburgh. She then moved to Washington D.C., where she attended Georgetown University, this time studying journalism. During this time in the USA, Kuenssberg also worked on a political programme for NBC News.  Back in the UK, she began working on local TV and radio channels in Edinburgh and then moved on to become a reporter for the Channel 4 News. She joined the BBC in the year 2000.
Adair Turner

Lord Turner,[br]Chairman, [br]Institute for New Economic Thinking

Lord Turner is a world-renowned expert on global economic trends, global finance, macro prudential regulation and the Chinese financial system. Since 2013 he has served as Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), a new think tank founded by George Soros dedicated to re-thinking the field of economics in the wake of the financial crisis. Since 2015 he has served as Chair of the Governing Board.

Lord Turner served as Chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the regulatory body overseeing the financial services industry in the UK, from 2008 until its abolition in March 2013. He successfully rebuilt the institution’s reputation after the financial crisis and negotiated changes to the regulatory regime. Under his leadership, the FSA produced an influential report in 2009 (the Turner Review) recommending a rethink of global banking regulation in response to the credit crunch and collapse of global banking liquidity.

He became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005. 

Lord Turner has written two books, “Just Capital – The Liberal Economy” (2001) and “Economics after the Crisis – Objectives and Means” (2012). His book, “Between Debt and the Devil: money, credit and fixing global finance”, was published in 2015, and focused on how to reform the global financial system after the crisis.
Sophie Hackford

Sophie Hackford,[br]Director,[br]WIRED Consulting

Director of WIRED Consulting, Sophie taps into WIRED's collective brain to translate the complexities and opportunities of the future for corporate leaders across every industry. 

She re-launched and runs WIRED Consulting, bringing together senior executives with the private space entrepreneurs, microbiologists and artificial intelligence (AI) developers, who use technology to build the companies of tomorrow. 

Sophie previously worked in Silicon Valley at Singularity University, a group of futurists on the NASA campus, evaluating the impacts of robotics, AI, supercomputing, genetic sequencing and other accelerating technologies on business and society.

Before working in California, Sophie helped to transform the Oxford Martin School, an interdisciplinary research department at Oxford University, into a thriving academic community of experts from pandemics to food insecurity to systemic risk. 

Sophie is a curatorial consultant for the V&A’s ‘Future Design’ exhibition in 2017, mentors fast-growth companies, and has curated WIRED conferences including WIRED Retail and WIRED Money.  She speaks regularly on the merging of man and machine, and the impacts of technology on industries, companies and consumers.
Gavin Esler

Gavin Esler,[br]Conference Moderator[br]

Gavin Esler is a regular anchor on the BBC News Channel and of the BBC’s News at Five. He is perhaps best known for serving for over a decade as a main presenter on BBC 2’s Newsnight. He has worked on the News Channel, which has built up an audience of more than 6 million viewers a week since its launch.

Gavin previously served as BBC Chief North America Correspondent, in charge of shaping and directing coverage. He was accredited to the White House to cover both Bush and Clinton administrations, including the Lewinsky hearings.

Gavin presents Dateline London and HARDtalk Extra, broadcast on BBC World and BBC News Channel, as well as Four Corners for Radio 4. He received a Royal Television Society award for his reports on the military build-up in the Aleutian Islands.

The author of a number of books, Gavin has written acclaimed factual titles on leadership (Lessons from the Top) and trust (The Decline of Trust), as well as a book on American discontent, The United States of Anger, and regularly contributes to The Scotsman and The Independent.

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