Sarah O’Connor writes about the changing world of work for the Financial Times, where she is an investigations correspondent and columnist. She joined the FT in 2007 as a graduate trainee, and in the subsequent decade she has covered the US economy from Washington, the UK economy from London and the financial crisis from Reykjavik. Her coverage of the labour market won the Wincott Prize for Financial Journalism in 2017, while her regular op-ed column won Economics Commentator of the year at the 2017 Comment Awards and Business Commentator of the year at the 2018 Comment Awards. Her story about “Shit Life Syndrome” in Blackpool won the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils in 2018.
Rosie Millard OBE is CEO of Children and the Arts, a national charity which works to engage all children with great art across the country. One of HRH Prince of Wales’ charities, Children and the Arts has worked with over 10,000 children to enable them to have transformative, inspiring and creative arts experiences in all fields of art. She is also Chair of BBC Children in Need, the BBC’s charity which every year helps bring happiness and transform outcomes for children across the UK.
From 2014-2018 Rosie Millard was the Chair of Hull City of Culture 2017, a £32.5 million programme which opened in January 2017. Darren Henley, CEO of the Arts Council of England has called Hull’s year an “unmitigated, rip-roaring, awe-inspiring, life-enhancing success.” Being City of Culture has had a transformative effect on the Yorkshire city, achieving 90% engagement amongst its citizens, involving every single one of its 55,000 children and bringing in millions of tourists. Rosie was called upon to speak at a vast array of public events on a national level, championing Hull and its unique cultural offer in the national media including all the broadsheets, the Today programme, BBC News, Sky News, and ITV. She is a Trustee of Opera North, which brings opera to communities and audiences largely (but not exclusively) across the North of England.
A bestselling author, journalist, editor and broadcaster Rachel Johnson has been in national newspapers since the age of 23, when, after leaving Oxford, she became the first female graduate trainee at The Financial Times. She has worked for the BBC, the Foreign Office, and has written weekly columns for Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, the Sunday Times, and the Evening Standard among others and was editor of The Lady from 2009 – 2012.
Rachel is the author of The Mummy Diaries (2004), Notting Hell (Penguin, 2006, a top bestseller in France) and Shire Hell (2008), and A Diary of The Lady (2010) – charting her first year as Editor of the world’s oldest women’s weekly – Winter Games, (2013) and Fresh Hell ( 2015). Rachel is married and has three children. She divides her time between her homes in London and Exmoor.
Nick is a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, where he works on a range of policy projects. Between 1996 and 2011, he was Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times. He is also the author of The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State (new edition, 2017).
Professor Suzanne Franks is head of the Journalism Department at City, University of London, which educates over 500 young journalists a year – from all over the world. She is a former BBC broadcaster who has also published widely on international news and women in the media, including Women and Journalism, for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, where she was a visiting fellow in 2015. She teaches an ethics class and one on Humanitarian Communication. Her latest book is an edited volume, Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century. She appears regularly in the media and contributes to panels, speaking on questions including contemporary journalism education and journalism ethics.
Sir David Bell is a non-executive director of the Economist. He retired as a director of Pearson plc and Chairman of the Financial Times at the end of 2009 after thirteen years on the Board. David was appointed Chief Executive of the Financial Times in 1993 and became Chairman in 1996. In July 1998 he was also appointed Pearson’s Director for People with responsibility for the recruitment, motivation, development and reward of employees across the Pearson Group & in June 2003 he became Chairman of Pearson Inc in New York. David, born 30.9.46 in Henfield, Sussex was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Pennsylvania is married with three children and lives in Islington. David received his knighthood for services to industry, the arts and charity.
Elinor Mary Goodman is a UK journalist, best known as political editor of Channel 4 News from 1988 to 2005. Goodman joined Channel 4 News as political correspondent in 1982. Prior to her employment at Channel 4, she worked for the Financial Times. Goodman was appointed in 2005 to chair the Affordable Rural Housing Commission established by DEFRA. When she retired, she acted as a regular presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme The Week in Westminster she served as one of six panel members of the public inquiry led by Lord Justice Leveson into the hacking of phones by News International.
Farrah Storr was appointed Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan in July 2015 and has since grown the brand to become the No.1 UK women’s glossy. Previously, Farrah was the launch Editor of Women’s Health magazine. Under her direction, Women’s Health became the most successful women’s magazine launch of the decade. Her achievements were recognised by the British Society for Magazine Editors when she won the prestigious award ‘New Editor of the Year’ in 2014. Most recently, Farrah was awarded Editor of the Year at the 2018 PPA Awards, Editor of the Year (Men’s & Women’s category) at the 2018 BSMEs, and was also named as one of the 36 BAME people on the Guardian’s list of the 1,000 most powerful people in Britain. She is one of the judges for the Orwell Foundation’s, Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils and is also the author of The Discomfort Zone (Piatkus).
Felicity Lawrence is a special correspondent for the Guardian and author of the bestselling exposés of the food business, Not on the Label and Eat Your Heart Out. Felicity was the winner of The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils 2017 for her reporting on the world of migrant gangwork in Wisbech.
Campbell joined the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust as Chief Executive in January 2017. Before joining JRF and JRHT, Campbell was the Chief Executive of Shelter for seven years. As Chief Executive, he led the organisation through one of the most challenging periods in its history. This included building a sustainable, fundable model of integrated advice and support that is helping more clients than ever before, a growth in independent income and leading the organisation’s response to some of the biggest changes to housing and welfare policy in generations. Prior to joining Shelter, Campbell was the first Director General of the Office of the Third Sector, an adviser to The Treasury and was previously Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Campbell is a trustee of Care International UK – www.careinternational.org.uk. In November 2017 he was awarded an Honorary degree from York St John University.
Lorien Kite is the books editor at the Financial Times. He started at the newspaper in 2000 and worked as an editor on the Comment and Analysis pages before taking on his current role in 2011. In 2014 he was a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize (now Baillie Gifford) Prize for Non-Fiction.
Alex Clark is a critic, journalist and broadcaster who lives in London, and the current Artistic Director for Words and Literature at the Bath Festival. She writes on a wide range of subjects for the Guardian, the Observer, the Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement. She has judged many literary awards, including the 2008 Man Booker prize. She regularly chairs live events, appears on radio and is the host of a monthly podcast for Vintage publishing.
Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother, who was a foster carer and a Caribbean father. She worked for fifteen years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels. She used to advise Social Services on the care of foster children, and has written training manuals on adoption and foster care. Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015 and the SI Leeds Literary Reader’s Choice Prize 2014. Her first novel, My Name is Leon, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award in 2016. Her second novel, The Trick to Time will be published by Penguin Random House in March 2018.
I’m absolutely delighted to be one of the judges of The Orwell Prize for 2017. It’s such a privilege to read such outstanding books that illuminate a life, a country, an issue. It’s never been more important to read and understand the world around us and to stay informed.
Lord Adonis is chair of the National Infrastructure Commission and a Labour peer. He was previously an adviser to Tony Blair, heading the Policy Unit from 2001 to 2005. After joining the Lords, he became Minister of State for Education, and then Transport, before joining the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Transport. Before his political career, he was a journalist at The Observer and the Financial Times. He is an avid reader and writer, having published books on: his mission reforming the state education system, the aristocratic system in Britain at the turn of the twentieth century, and the post-2010 election coalition negotiations.
Julian is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, a post he has held since 1993. Between 2003 and 200, he was a senior Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Julian is a Founding Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and a Trustee of the Kings Fund. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (D.Litt) by the University of Sussex. In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently chairman of Health England. Julian is the author, co-author or editor of eighteen books, the author of over 100 articles and writes regularly for the national and international press.
Claire leads communications and influencing for JRF and JRHT. She leads work on understanding the social and political attitudes of people in poverty, and chaired the task group of the anti poverty strategy. Prior to joining in November 2013, Claire worked in public affairs and communications in the public and voluntary sectors, and for the UK’s largest trade union. Claire has a BA in Politics from the University of York and a MSc in Global Politics from the University of London. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association and part of their Communications and Engagement Advisory Group.
Alan is a former BBC researcher, reporter and special correspondent. He joined the BBC in 1983, and reported for Radio 4’s Today Programme. He is the co-author of the acclaimed book The Death of Yugoslavia. Alan has reported for Baghdad, Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, Johannesburg and Moscow. In 2014, Alan led the BBC’s coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. Alan is chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and has won several awards including a Sony Documentary Gold Award in 2000.
Bonnie is a distinguished playwright, novelist and critic. She was Arts Council playwright in residence at the Soho Theatre and has written many plays for radio and the stage and an opera, Yes, written for the Royal Opera House. She is the author of two novels, Hanging by Her Teeth and Entropy, and three works of non-fiction, Obama Music, Langston Hughes: The Value of Contradiction and A Parallel Life. She contributes to The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. Bonnie has appeared as a panellist on Newsnight Review and Question Time and has been a trustee of the British Museum, the Royal Opera House and the London Film School. Bonnie is Chancellor of Kingston University. Bonnie was awarded an OBE in 2010.