Grace Blakeley is the economic commentator for the New Statesman and an economist at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She has recently competed a book ‘Stolen: How to save the world from financialisation’, which tells the story of the rise of global finance, focusing on how this change has affected the structures of the British and American economies. Grace is a prominent voice in the media and has recently appeared on shows such as BBC’s Question Time, Politics Live and ITV’s Good Morning Britain
Shane Connolly is the Founder and Artistic Director of Shane Connolly & Company. He has a lifelong interest in horticulture and has decorated some of the UK’s most prestigious venues for an eclectic range of private and corporate clients including London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Mr Connolly was asked by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to design her bouquet and flower arrangements for her marriage to HRH Prince of Wales and the service of dedication in Windsor Castle in 2005. In recognition of this, he was awarded a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales in 2006. In 2011, Mr Connolly was appointed as the Artistic Director for the wedding of TRH’s The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He was awarded a second Royal Warrant of Appointment, to HM The Queen in 2015.
Mr Connolly’s carer began under the influence of Michael Goulding OBE, one the great British floral designers. He trained at London’s Pulbrook & Gould and subsequently started his own business in 1989. He has become famous for his quirky, unpretentious style and has been heralded for its elegance and originality.
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Luke Edward Hall
Luke Edward Hall is a London-based artist and designer. He established his studio in the autumn of 2015 and since then has worked on a broad range of art and design commissions and projects and has collaborated with a variety of companies and institutions including Burberry, Christie’s and the Royal Academy of Arts. His colourful aesthetic is informed by a love of history, an appreciation of beauty and a sense of playfulness.
Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic. He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home. He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui. He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.