Jason Butler is one of the UK’s best qualified and most experienced personal finance experts. As well as being a Fellow of both the Personal Finance Society and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, he had a 25-year career as a successful financial adviser to wealthy families.
He is author of editions 1 & 2 of The Financial Times Guide to Wealth Management: How to plan, invest and protect your financial assets and (with Lien Luu, Jonquil Lowe & Tony Bryne) Essential Personal Finance: A practical guide for students. His next book - Every Last Drop - is due out in autumn 2017.
Justin Urquhart Stewart
Justin Urquhart Stewart, is Co-Founder and Head of Corporate Development at Seven Investment Management. He is one of the most recognisable and trusted market commentators on television, radio, and in the press. Having trained as a barrister, Justin took up international corporate finance, working in both Africa and Singapore then back in the UK. This led Justin to help found Broker Services in 1986, which went on to become Barclays Stockbrokers where he was Corporate Development Director. In early 2001, he co-founded 7IM.
Merryn Somerset Webb
Merryn Somerset Webb is the editor in chief of MoneyWeek. After gaining a first class degree in history & economics at Cambridge, she moved to Japan in 1992 to continue her Japanese studies and to produce business programmes for NHK, Japan’s public TV station.
In 1993, she became an institutional broker for SBC Warburg. Returning to the UK in 1998, Merryn became a financial writer for The Week. Two years later, in 2000, MoneyWeek was launched and she took the job of editor.
James Pickford is deputy editor of FT Money and writes about property for the newspaper’s Personal Finance section, including buy-to-let, mortgages and the rental market. He is a regular contributor to the section’s Serious Money column. James’s previous roles at the FT include London and Southeast Correspondent, UK News deputy editor, and editor of Business Life, the FT’s daily management section.
Henry Pryor has been an estate agent for 32 years now acting for buyers of property across the UK sourcing homes from £1m - £50m. Bidding on a house every week and buying one once a month Henry expects to complete his 1000th transaction this year. Having been one of the few people to correctly call the top of the market in the pages of the FT in January 2007 Henry once again called ‘peak property’ in the FT in March this year before ‘Brexit’ and when our biggest concern was whether we would get a hot summer! Henry is a familiar face as the BBC’s favourite property expert often explaining the market mood on Breakfast TV or the Today Program. He is a fierce negotiator helping clients with the purchase of other assets as well as property. He is also a vocal critic of political failings in the housing arena, a consumer champion using the pages of FT to shine a light into the murky world of property and a thorn in the side of the establishment - most recently over London’s unenviable reputation as the worlds money laundering capital giving evidence earlier this year to the Home Affairs Select Committee. Henry lives on a farm in Hertfordshire where he keeps rare breed pigs.
Lord John Lee
John Lee was born in 1942 and educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester. He entered the House of Lords in 2006 and sits on the Liberal Democrat benches. He is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Tourism Group. Lord Lee is a company director, investor and financial journalist. He is the Chairman of Wellington Market Plc and a non-executive Director of Emerson Developments (Holdings). He contested Manchester Moss Side for the Conservatives in October 1974 and became the Conservative MP for Nelson and Colne from 1979-83 and for Pendle from 1983-92. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Industry, 1981-83; and to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 1983. He was a Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, 1983-86; Department of Employment 1986-89; and Minister for Tourism 1987-89. He was Chairman of Christie Hospital NHS Trust, 1992-98; and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, 1990-2001. He has been a Member of the English Tourist Board, 1992-99; Vice-Chairman of the NW Conciliation Committee Race Relations Board, 1976-77; and Chairman of the Council of the National Youth Bureau, 1980-83. He has been Chairman of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions since 1990. He was appointed the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 1995, and the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester in 1998. His most recent publication, How to Make a Million – Slowly was published in 2014.
Lucian Cook is a head of Savills’ UK Residential Research department. He is one of the UK’s leading and most quoted commentators on the UK housing market. He edits The Residential Property Focus and has written extensively on the prime housing markets, proposals for the reform of the taxation of high value property, the demand for private rented housing and opportunities for institutional investment in the residential sector.
He joined the research department in 2007 and is jointly responsible for formulating and presenting Savills views on the residential property and development land markets to a range of clients and journalists. He provides consultancy advice to landowners, developers, housebuilders and investors.
Lucian joined Savills in 1993 after completing a degree in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1995. As a practising surveyor he specialised in the provision of valuation advice for taxation, loan security and dispute resolution purposes and strategic management advice for a range of private and institutional clients.
Baroness Altmann is an expert on later life issues – particularly pensions and retirement policy, investment, savings, annuities and social care funding. She is an economist by training and worked in fund management in the City for many years. She has advised Governments, regulators, industry bodies, corporates, finance firms, trustees and consumer groups and was Director-General of Saga Group from 2010 to 2013. She has devoted much of her career to highlighting financial injustice, helping ordinary members of the public pro bono and explaining complex financial or economic issues for the layperson. Baroness Altmann was recently appointed a CBE for services to pensioners and pension provision and is the UK Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers.
Baroness Altmann has won numerous industry awards and honours including Pensions Personality of the Year (twice), Industry Guru of the Year, Women in Public Life Award, The Times ‘Business Bigshot’ and was one of the UK’s top 50 Most Influential People in Pensions in 2013 according to Pensions Insight.
Baroness Altmann has a first class honours degree in Economics from University College London, a PhD degree in Economics from London School of Economics and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate from University of Westminster. She is a Governor of LSE, a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, and Chairs the Lord Chancellor’s Strategic Investment Board for the Ministry of Justice. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as being an adviser to the International Longevity Centre and was recently appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Independent Press Standards Organisation.
After editing Pensions World magazine for 28 years, Stephanie Hawthorne is now a freelance journalist. A law graduate of King's College, London and winner ofseveral prizes for journalism, Stephaniestarted her career as a researcher/marketing specialist for a national independent financial adviser and subsequently a leading life office, she then moved onto the Financial Times'Money Management (deputy editor).
She has appeared on BBC, Sky TV as well as on radio. Stephanie has contributed articles to most of the national press and numerous magazines as well as being a former editor of Counsel: Journal of the Bar of England and Wales.
Her freelance work includes articles for The Times, Financial Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Financial Adviser, FTAdviser. The CA (ICAS Journal), Human Resources, Expat Investor, Charity World, What House and Resident Abroad), The People’s Friend and numerous magazines, mainly on pensions, property, law and personal finance.