Ruth Rogers was born in New York City in 1948. She was educated at The Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Bennington College, and the London College of Printing.
Ruth worked in the art department of Penguin books with David Pelham and later at Piano and Rogers Architects in Paris.
Ruth and Rose Gray opened The River Cafe in 1987. The restaurant has been awarded the ‘Best Italian Restaurant of the Year’ and a Michelin Star in 1997, which they have retained ever since.
In 1995 Ruth published her first cookbook with Rose Gray, The River Café Cookbook, and presented a 12-part series for Channel 4, The Italian Kitchen. They published a further 10 cookbooks, all of which have been on the best seller list.
In 2010, Ruth was awarded an MBE. She is on the panel of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award and is a trustee for the charities Refuge and Index on Censorship. Ruth also supports Maggie’s, The Dyslexia Institute and Democrats Abroad.
Kelly Hoppen MBE
With 40 years’ experience at the forefront of the design industry, Kelly Hoppen is one of the most celebrated and sought after interior designers in the world. It was her relentless passion for design, at 16 ½ years-old, which kick started her iconic career. Her first commission, to design a family friend’s kitchen, has led to multiple awards and numerous publishers and businesses continuously seeking her unparalleled expertise.
Kelly’s globally renowned and ever-evolving style is underpinned by a subtle coordinated fusion of East meets West; clean lines and neutral tones, blended with charming warmth and sumptuous opulence. She has put her stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients all over the world and now focuses on commercial projects including hotels, bars, restaurants, offices, and tower blocks. With thousands of projects spanning the last four decades, Kelly’s portfolio boasts a diverse selection of projects. She has launched anything from one of the most sought after and exclusive addresses in China on Shenzhen Bay to the most impressive cruise ship to date with Celebrity Cruises Edge Class; helping to redefine travel.
Kelly is honoured to be the recipient of copious design awards and the proudest point in her career to date came in 2009, when she was made an MBE for her services to interior design.
Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality.
Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Mr Heatherwick founded Heatherwick studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace.
Mr Heatherwick leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collabora-tion with a team of 200 highly-skilled architects, designers, and makers. His unusual approach applies artistic thinking to the needs of each project, resulting in some of the most acclaimed designs of our time. Based in London, Heatherwick studio is currently working in four continents on projects valued at over £2 billion. Following the success of the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Heatherwick studio has gone on to win exciting design briefs including the Learn-ing Hub at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, and the new Google campus in Silicon Valley.
Mr Heatherwick has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Royal Academician and in 2004 became the youngest Royal Designer for Industry.
Nicky Haslam was born at Great Hundridge Manor, Buckinghamshire, England, third son of diplomat William Heywood Haslam, and Diana Ponsonby, grand-daughter of 7th Earl of Bessborough. Educated at Eton College, in 1961 he went to New York with photographer David Bailey and the model Jean Shrimpton. Here he worked on American Vogue with Diana Vreeland. At this time starred in Andy Warhol’s film “Kiss”. Throughout this period, he was decorating his own and friends’ apartments. Nicky Haslam returned to London in 1972, having been asked to decorate a townhouse for Lord Hesketh. This led to and the establishment of NH Design, of which diverse clients have included, Mr Rod Stewart, Sir Mick Jagger, Mr Ringo Starr, Mr & Mrs Konstantin Kagalovsky, Mr & Mrs Peter Aven and Miss Natalie Wood. He has also designed parties for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lord Sainsbury, Sir Evelyn & Lady de Rothschild, The National Gallery, Kensington Palace and The Royal Palace in Prague and restorations to listed Grade II stately homes.
Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as 'one of America’s most important novelists'. She is the author of the international bestsellers, Great House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the Saroyan Prize for International Literature and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, and was shortlisted for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 she was chosen by the New Yorker for their 'Twenty Under Forty' list. Her fiction has been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.
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Sir David Tang
David Tang was born in Hong Kong and educated locally and in Britain. In 1983, he lived in China and taught at Peking University. He worked in oil exploration off-shore China, and gold mining in Africa and Australia. He founded Shanghai Tang, the China Club, Pacific Cigars, ICorrect and TangTangTangTang. In London, he has been a Trustee for over 21 years of the Royal Academy of Arts, Chairman of the Tate’s Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Adviser to the London Symphony Orchestra. In Hong Kong, he was Founding Chairman of the HK Cancer Fund and HK Down Syndrome Association, and Patron of the Royal Geographical Society HK and the HK Youth Arts Foundation.
With 15 years experience of living and working in over 60 countries, Natalia Cohen has chosen to follow an unusual and fascinating path. Her broad range of professional experience within the travel industry includes adventure tour leading, operations management, teaching/training, volunteer and project coordination, as well as working within the Super Yacht industry and Eco-lodge management, running a remote Safari lodge in Tanzania. Natalia is no stranger to being outside of her comfort zone and has made an art of embracing and adapting to change. Her understanding of team dynamics, the importance of a positive mindset and the ability to live in the moment led her to become part of the first all-female team to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean.
Ms Cohen and the crew completed this challenge in January 2016 setting two world records and gaining an international following. This was a journey of just under 9,000 miles from San Francisco, USA to Cairns, Australia in a 29ft ocean rowing boat. The expedition was not only a challenge of extreme conditions and perseverance but also a journey within to better understand the strength of human spirit, the importance of being aligned with your values, developing mental resilience, the diversity within a team and enjoying the journey.
Ms Cohen’s vision is to empower others to reach their potential, push through their self-limiting mental boundaries and meet and overcome the challenges that life throws at them.
While she may have crossed her literal Pacific, we all have our own Pacific to cross.
Claer Barrett is the Financial Times’ Personal Finance editor, as well as the editor of FT Money and FT Thrift. Prior to this, she was the deputy UK news editor, specialising in UK retail and consumer stories, mid cap and non-food sectors. She joined the paper in January 2011 as retail correspondent from the Investors Chronicle magazine where she was associate editor, and edited its weekly property section.
Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books - Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the search for the good life - were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success.
Bettany is a Research Fellow of King's College London, a Tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuing Education and a Visiting Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities and has been honoured with numerous awards including the prestigious Norton Medlicott Medal for History.
She has made a number of documentaries on history, culture and philosophy for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and The History Channel, including ‘Byzantium Unearthed’. Her programmes have now been seen by over 250 million worldwide. Her recent series for Radio 4 ‘Ancient Ways’ tracked the old Roman Road, the Via Egnatia, from Albania to Istanbul.
Hussein Chalayan is an internationally renowned fashion designer and artist whose collections are acclaimed for innovative design, bold use of technology and elegant minimalism. He was named British Designer of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Throughout his career Chalayan has partnered with musicians, actors and members of the design, art, theatre and fashion fields and his work is regularly shown in major galleries including Musée Des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre, London Design Museum and National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. He directed and designed dance production Gravity Fatigue for Sadler’s Wells, which premiered in 2015 and he has also previously presented three fashion shows at the venue.
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Janan Ganesh is political columnist for the Financial Times, and gives his incisive take on UK politics in a weekly column. Previously, he was a political correspondent for The Economist for five years, and a research fellow at Policy Exchange, the influential London think tank for two.
Mr Ganesh regularly appears on TV and radio, including a weekly slot on BBC 1′s Sunday Politics, and he is a frequent commentator on BBC 4′s Westminster Hour. His book George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor (2012), was the first published biography of George Osborne, the UK chancellor. He also co authored Compassionate Conservatism with Jesse Norman MP (2006). In 2013, he was a finalist in the British Journalism Awards, Politics Journalist of the Year.
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.
Gillian de Bono
Gillian de Bono is the Editor of How To Spend It and Assistant Editor of the Financial Times. Ms de Bono joined the Financial Times in 1994 to set up a magazine department following the success of a trial issue of How To Spend It for FT Weekend. Previously, she spent 13 years launching, relaunching and editing women’s glossy magazines.
Ms de Bono spent her formative journalist years at Consumers Association, publishers of Which? magazine where, as a writer, she won the first Rosemary Goodchild Award in 1986 for the year’s best article on women’s health.
She has received three British Society of Magazine Editors awards – as Launch Editor of the Year in 1986 for Essentials magazine and as Newspaper Magazine Editor of the Year in 1999 and 2004 for How To Spend It. How To Spend It was voted Colour Supplement of the Year at The 2017 Newsawards, the fifteenth time the magazine has won this award. How To Spend It is also the only colour supplement to have won all three major industry awards in a single year: The British Press Awards 2004, the British Society of Magazine Editors 2004 and The 2004 Newspaper Awards.
Ms de Bono is also editor of howtospendit.com which was voted Best Lifestyle Website in the 2014 Lovie Awards and Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site, The 2015 Drum Online Media Awards.
Robin Lane Fox
Robin Lane Fox has written the gardening column for the Financial Times weekly since 1970. He is an Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford and has written many books, including Thoughtful Gardening (2010) based on pieces for the FT. He runs the gardens of New College, Oxford and his own garden west of Oxford.
Evan Davis is a well-known broadcaster, presenting the current affairs programme Newsnight, on BBC 2; The Bottom Line on Radio 4 and Dragons’ Den on BBC 2. Mr Davis was a presenter on Radio 4s The Today programme for six years and prior to Today he was the Economics Editor of the BBC.
Tyler Brûlé is the Editor in Chief of Monocle and Founder and Chairman of Winkreative. Born in Canada and moved to the UK to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent. He worked as a reporter for the BBC, before turning to print journalism where he wrote for The Independent, Stern, The Sunday Times, The Observer and Vanity Fair.
In 1996 Mr Brûlé launched Wallpaper*. The magazine won numerous awards for its design, international relevance and use of typography, and in 2001 Mr Brûlé became the youngest ever recipient of the British Society of Magazine Editors Lifetime Achievement Award.
In May 2002 Mr Brûlé sold his stake in Wallpaper* to focus on developing Winkreative, the full- service branding and design agency he set up in 1998. This award-winning business is distinguished by its international focus, editorial authority and global reach.
Monocle has become the second ground-breaking publication of Mr Brûlé’s career. It is a monthly international briefing on current affairs, business, culture and design read by over 80,000 paying readers across the globe, with an additional one million people tuning into its radio service, Monocle24, every month.
In 2011, Mr Brûlé was awarded Ad Age’s ‘Editor of the Year’ trophy, an unprecedented award for an international editor. In 2012 Monocle was named ‘Best brand for living the good life’ in Ad Week’s annual ‘Hot List’.
Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.
Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Art historian, university professor, FT contributing editor and prize-winning author of sixteen books, Simon Schama has written widely on music, art, politics and food. As a populariser of art history, he believes in bringing history to the people and his television work as writer and presenter for the BBC has achieved exactly that. Stretching over two decades it includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain and the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art.
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.
Alan Hinkes OBE is the first Briton to climb the world's highest mountains. These are the 14 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours. They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet. Alan is part of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have achieved this feat, which is the same number of people who have stood on the moon. Many have perished attempting this challenge.
Alan began his mountaineering career whilst at Northallerton Grammar School, North Yorkshire. He progressed to the Alps with ascents of many difficult mountains, including the notorious North Face of the Eiger, eventually graduating to the Himalaya.
He works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines and lectures on his exploits. He is an accomplished cameraman (filming 11 documentaries), photographer, author, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide. His book 8000 Metres Climbing the World's Highest Mountains won TGO Awards Outdoor Book of the Year.
Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours. He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshireman of the Year; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; Honorary Doctor of the University of York, Honorary Doctor of Professional Studies, University of Teesside and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. He is involved in charitable work including : Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue.
Alan lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys being in the hills, rock climbing and fellwalking. You will regularly see him in the Lake District and Yorkshire tramping the fells and moors, clinging to a rock face or climbing a frozen waterfall.
Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. His book The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Have Still to Learn—from the Financial Crisis was published by Penguin in 2014.
Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, New York, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Wolf was joint winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism for 1989 and again for 1997. He won the RTZ David Watt memorial prize for 1994, and the “Commentator of the Year” award at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards of 2008. He was placed 15th in Foreign Policy’s list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in December 2009 and the “Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary” for 2009. He won “Commentariat of the Year 2009” at the Comment Awards, the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012 and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium” for 2013.
Mr Wolf is also the author of Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004) and Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its “Financial Book of the Year” for 2009.
Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University.
Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of Messy and the million-selling The Undercover Economist, a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less and the iTunes-topping series Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy. He has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House. He is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
Mr Harford was named Economics Commentator of the Year in 2014, and won the Society of Business Economists writing prize 2014-15, and the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006 and 2016.
Alice Lascelles is a journalist, author and drinks expert. She has been a regular contributor to FT How to Spend It since 2010 on subjects ranging from Japanese whisky and Art Deco barware to vintage champagne, single estate tea and whisky investment. She also writes for FT Weekend and is a drinks columnist for The Idler and fine wine magazine Le Pan. Her columns and articles have also appeared in The Times, The Sunday Times, Time Out, Vice, Prospect and many of the industry’s leading trade titles, and she is a regular talking head at literary festivals, cultural events and on the radio. In April 2015 she published her debut Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking (Saltyard), a spirited tour of the cocktail cabinet inspired by more than a decade travelling the world in pursuit of the mixed drink. When she's not writing, she has a second life as a musician which has included touring with the White Stripes and releasing an album. She read English at Cambridge.
Having been part of the youngest and fastest team to ever reach the South Pole in 2002, Patrick Woodhead went on to lead the first ever East to West traverse of Antarctica, covering 1850km in a total of 75 days. Outside of the Polar World, he has been on many successful expeditions, summiting unclimbed mountains in Tibet and Kyrgyzstan, kayaking down unchartered rivers in the Amazon and being part of the team to set the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2015, he broke the record for the fastest traverse of Greenland. Patrick is a noted author of a series of adventure books and in 2006 founded White Desert, a luxury travel company which arranges adventure expeditions to the Antarctic with wife Robyn Woodhead. Since its inception, the company has gone from strength to strength and is currently the only company in the world to fly a private jet into the interior of Antarctica. Operating a ‘zero-impact policy’, White Desert offers an experience that is as adventurous as it is luxurious. When he is not in Antarctica, Patrick divides his time between South Africa and London.
Ed Stafford is the Guinness World Record-holding first man to walk the Amazon. He was European Adventurer of the Year 2011.
On the 9th August 2010, Ed walked into the Guinness Book of Records after becoming the first man to walk the length of the Amazon River. Sir Ranulph Fiennes described his expedition as being “truly extraordinary… in the top league of expeditions past and present.”
Lucy Kellaway is the FT’s management columnist and associate editor. For the last decade, her weekly Monday column has poked fun at management fads and jargon and celebrated the ups and downs of office life.
In her 20 years at the FT she has been energy correspondent, Brussels correspondent, a Lex writer, and an interviewer of business people and celebrities for the Lunch with the FT series.
Ms Kellaway has won various prizes including the Industrial Society WorkWord Award (twice) and the Wincott Young Financial Journalist Award. Her book, Sense and Nonsense in the Office, was published by FT Prentice Hall in 1999. Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry(TM) was published in July 2005 by Penguin. She was named columnist of the year at the 2006 British Press Awards.
Alec Russell is the Editor of FT Weekend, he has held this position since April 2016. Prior to this, he worked as: news editor, comment and analysis editor, world news editor and the Johannesburg bureau chief.
Before joining the FT, Mr Russell was the Daily Telegraph's Washington Bureau Chief from 2003 to 2006. He was also an assistant editor at the Telegraph and oversaw its coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq.
Previously, he served as the Telegraph's Johannesburg bureau chief from 1993 to 1998, covering the end of apartheid, the election of the African National Congress, the genocide in Rwanda and the fall of the veteran Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
Mr Russell was stationed in Bucharest from the Romanian revolution until 1993, covering the Croatian and Bosnian wars, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Kurdish exodus from northern Iraq.
Mr Russell's work has earned him 2004 UK Press Gazette award for coverage of the Iraq War. He was highly commended in the 1992 UK Press Gazette awards for coverage of the Croatian war and the 1991 awards for his coverage of the Romanian revolution, and won an award in 2007 for Business Feature about Africa.
Mr Russell is the author of Prejudice and Plum Brandy (1993) and Big Men, Little People: The Leaders Who Defined Africa (1999) and After Mandela (2009).
As Fashion Director of How To Spend It, Damian Foxe conceives, directs, styles and also often photographs the magazine's fashion shoots. He is an alumni of Central Saint Martin’s, where he gained an MA in fashion journalism and received a discretionary award for excellence in writing. Prior to that he studied international marketing and languages at business schools in both Ireland and France.
As both a writer and stylist Damian has contributed to every broadsheet newspaper in the UK as well as major magazines including Vogue, GQ, Elle and Wallpaper. He has also held the position of Editor in Chief of FHM Collections magazine and Editor of Harrods Magazine and appeared on television and radio in numerous countries.
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Lucia van der Post
Lucia van der Post turned the How To Spend It pages of the Financial Times into cult Saturday reading and then oversaw its migration to glossy stock in 1994 as Founding Editor. Currently Associate Editor, her many awards include the Luxury Briefing Award for Excellence, the Walpole Medal of Excellence and several Jasmines for perfume features in How To Spend It.
Jane Owen is the FT Weekend’s deputy editor and has run the FT’s House & Home section for seven years. She is a Yale Poynter Fellow 2015, a Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, and was awarded the FT’s NED Diploma earlier this year. Ms Owen has presented various prime time BBC and ITV TV series and written six books on gardens.
Associate Editor of the FT Weekend Magazine
Creator of the finest fragrances in the world, Master Perfumer Roja Dove is widely regarded as the most complete and provocative voice of perfumery, delivering the secrets of scent with risqué anecdotes in his inimitable way. Renowned for working with only the finest quality raw materials available, Roja has collaborated with a large number of brands and organizations including Rolls Royce, Laurent-Perrier and The Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011 Roja restored luxury into the world of commercial perfumery when he launched Roja Parfums. In honour of his creative prowess, Roja was appointed an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain Campaign in 2013.
Robert Shrimsley is the Managing Editor of FT.com and an Assistant Editor of the Financial Times. He oversees the FT’s digital content output and development including interactive, data, video and social media. He writes two weekly online and newspaper columns, one for the comment page Notebook slot and another for the FT Magazine. In 2013 Mr Shrimsley was instrumental in overseeing the launch of fastFT, a new digital product providing market-moving news and views, 24-hours a day. Before that he also led the editorial team in the development of the FT web app. He is a member of the FT.com executive and product council teams, which set the direction and provide oversight on all FT product initiatives.
Mr Shrimsley joined the FT as Chief Political Correspondent in 2000 and was the News Editor before taking up his current job in 2009. Between 1989-2000, he worked at the Daily Telegraph, latterly as Chief Political Correspondent. His first role in national newspapers was as a general reporter at the Sunday Telegraph. He started his career on local papers, working on the Darlington Evening Despatch and Kentish Times. He graduated from the London School of Economics in 1985.
Tom Robbins has been Travel Editor of the Financial Times since 2010. Prior to joining the FT he was Travel Editor of The Observer and Motoring Editor of The Sunday Times. He started his Fleet Street career in 1998, working as a news reporter on the Sunday Times, focusing particularly on home affairs. He has travelled extensively on assignment and is a specialist on winter sports and adventure travel. Books include White Weekends (2008).
Peter Aspden is the Financial Times’ arts writer, having previously been its arts editor for five years. He joined the paper in 1994, as deputy books and arts editor and a general feature writer on Weekend FT.
He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, before going into journalism. He joined the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1985, where he went on to become deputy editor.
Mr Aspden has been writing the Revolver column, a weekly commentary on contemporary culture, since January 2004. The name of the column comes from a famous quote attributed to Hermann Goering – “Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver” – as well as being the name of the greatest (Beatles) pop album of all time.
Described by Decanter magazine as 'the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world', Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.
An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.
She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.
Mr Hunter-Tilney is the Music Critic for the Financial Times
Professor Steve Westaby is a world famous heart surgeon who is renowned for being the first surgeon in history to fit a patient with a new type of artificial heart, claiming a place in medical history. During his 35 year career as a surgeon he worked at several of the UK’s top hospitals and performed over 11,000 heart operations. He won the Ray C. Fish Award for Scientific Achievement (2004). In 2004 Steve Westaby was featured in the BBC documentary Your Life in Their Hands, alongside Henry Marsh - a longrunning series on the subject of surgery. He has recently retired from the paediatric cardiac unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Fragile Lives, his Sunday Timesbestselling memoir, was published earlier this year.
Henry Marsh was one of Britain’s foremost brain surgeons, and worked as Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London for thirty years. Since retiring from full-time work in the NHS, he has continued to operate and lecture abroad, in Nepal, Albania and Ukraine. His memoir Do no harm, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. Winner of the JR Ackerley Prize and the South Bank Award for Literature, it was also shortlisted for the Costa, Wellcome, and Guardian First Book awards, and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He has been the subject of two award-winning documentary films, Your Life In Their Hands and The English Surgeon. He was made a CBE in 2010.
Alexander Gilmour writes the London Life column for FT Weekend. He is associate editor of House & Home. In his twenties, he acted on stage and screen (very occasionally).
Jo Ellison is fashion editor of the Financial Times and editorial coordinator of the FT’s annual Business of Luxury conference.
Ms Ellison is the author of Vogue: The Gown, an overview of evening dresses in British Vogue over the last century. In 2013 she was named Features Writer of the Year by the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards.
As features director at British Vogue between 2008 and 2014, she wrote and commissioned the title’s main features and interviews for both the magazine and website, across topics including food, beauty, politics and health. She is a former features editor at the Independent and started her career at the Irish Examiner. She holds an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh.
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.
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.
Simon Kuper is a columnist for the Financial Times. He was educated at Oxford University and Harvard and has been working for the Financial Times since 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper.
He is British but lives with his wife and three children in Paris. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (2003), The Football Men (2011) and – as co-author with Stefan Szymanski - Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries.
Vanessa Houlder is Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times since 2004. She focuses on tax issues and also writes The Accountancy Column that appears in Thursday's paper. Previously, Ms Houlder was the Environment Correspondent and before this she wrote on technology, management and commercial property. Her first job at the FT was as a companies reporter. She started her career at Account and the Investors Chronicle. Ms Houlder has a post-graduate diploma in journalism and a degree in natural sciences.
Lord John Lee
John Lee 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
Laura Battle is Deputy Editor of House & Home
Brooke Masters was appointed Companies Editor for the Financial Times in September 2013 and she became an Assistant Editor in March 2016. Previously she was the Chief Regulation Correspondent for the Financial Times, covering the UK Financial Services Authority and working with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this posting she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business. From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education, and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times, appointed in November 2004. She joined the FT in 1999 as the literary editor. Previously, she was literary editor of the Independent on Sunday for eight years, and has written arts and literary journalism for fifteen years. Before becoming a journalist, she worked in publishing.
Jan has judged literary prizes including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread, the Hawthornden prize and the Encore Prize. Her latest book is Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire, a study of the Black Hole of Calcutta, published by Penguin in 2006.
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.
Robert Armstrong is the Financial Times’ Chief Editorial Writer as of November 2016. Previously, he was head of the FT’s esteemed Lex Column, as well as a Lexcolumnist based in New York, providing insight on US technology, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods companies. Prior to joining the FT, Mr Armstrong was a senior columnist at Dow Jones Investment Banker, covering health care and technology. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal in the US and Europe and in Barron's. Prior to this, he served as an equity securities analyst at Seminole Capital Partners. Mr Armstrong earned his PhD in Philosophy at Columbia University, New York, where he taught undergraduates, and a BA, also in Philosophy, at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is a CFA charter holder.
Erica Wagner was born in New York City. She is the author of Gravity: Stories, Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure, a novel; she is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. Chief Engineer, her biography of Washington Roebling, the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge, has just been published by Bloomsbury. Twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, she was literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar, a contributing writer for the New Statesman, as well as writing for the Financial Times, the Economist and the New York Times. She was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and she is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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Alan Livsey joined the FT's Lex column in 2014 after twenty five years working in finance. He attended both Oxford University and University of Maryland and holds the CFA designation. He now lives in London, but his heart remains in the country.
Having organized and led over 100 expeditions, former Royal Engineer John Blashford-Snell, has a reputation as one of the world’s most renowned and highly respected explorers.
In 1968 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia invited the British Army to send a team to explore and make the first descent of the infamous Blue Nile. Captain John Blashford-Snell of the Royal Engineers was invited to select, train and lead the 60 strong party. The success of this immense expedition led to even tougher assignments such as the first vehicle crossing of the complete Darien Gap in 1971-2 and in 1974-5, navigating almost all the 2,700 miles of the great Zaire (Congo) River. Both these ventures had strong environmental, medical and scientific objectives, which led to JBS and his colleagues forming the Scientific Exploration Society which today encourages young people to be “pioneers with a purpose” through an award programme.
In 1978 JBS, with support of Prince Charles, launched Operation Raleigh and by 1992 over 10,000 young men and women from 50 nations had taken part in challenges and worthwhile expeditions all over the world, returning home intent on putting something back into their own communities.
He works closely with a number of charities to help disabled youngsters and is President of the Just a Drop charity providing drinking water for remote communities.
Currently he organizes and leads expeditions with people of all ages to help in the developing world. Recently he delivered an ambulance boat to the remote tribe in Colombia’s Amazonas region and in January 2018 he will take an expedition to carry out wildlife studies on horseback and give aid to a community on Mount Kenya.
Rebecca Abrams was born in Cambridge in 1963. Her first book, When Parents Die, was shortlisted for the MIND award and has since become a highly respected classic in its field. Her most recent book, Three Shoes, One Sock and No Hairbrush, was a UK best-seller. Awarded an Amnesty Prize for her reportage on children in war, Rebecca is a regular contributor to the Guardian and a former columnist for the Daily Telegraph. Touching Distance is her first novel.
Victor Mallet is the Financial Times’ South Asia Bureau Chief, based in New Delhi. Prior to this role he spent four years as Madrid Bureau Chief, and before that he was the Editor of the FT’s Asia edition. Mr Mallet joined the FT in 1986 and has had a variety of overseas roles, including Southern African Correspondent from 1998 to 2001, South-East Asia Correspondent from 1992 to 1994, and Africa Correspondent from 1986 to 1988. Mr Mallet has also been Deputy Features Editor, Middle East Correspondent, Paris Correspondent and Chief Asia Correspondent. Before joining the Financial Times, Mr Mallet was a correspondent for Reuters in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Paris. He is the author of The Trouble with Tigers: the Rise and Fall of South-East Asia, which was published in 1999. He received the Society of Publishers in Asia’s award for opinion writing in 2005 and 2006. Mr Mallet is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a degree in English.
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.
Dr Anna Keay is the Director of the Landmark Trust, one of Britain’s leading building conservation charities. Since 1965 Landmark has been rescuing endangered historic buildings, carefully restoring them and offering them to all as remarkable holiday accommodation. Anna is a writer, historian, curator and TV presenter; with a special interest in 17th-century British history. Before joining Landmark, Anna was a curator at Historic Royal Palaces and a Properties Presentation Director at English Heritage. Born in the West Highlands of Scotland, Anna was educated at Oban High School in Argyll and Bedales in Hampshire. She read history at Magdalen College, Oxford and completed a PhD at the University of London.
Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.
How To Spend It contributing editor Jonathan Margolis is a journalist and author based in London and New York. Building on an early ability with a soldering iron, he became the UK’s first mainstream media consumer technology journalist in 1991 and started reviewing technology for How To Spend It in 1995.
As well as his Technopolis column which appears in the magazine, he presents Technopolis TV video reviews for howtospendit.com and writes a weekly column, Talking Tech, for the Financial Times.
Jonathan is the author of a successful book on futurology, A Brief History of Tomorrow, published by Bloomsbury in 2000. He gives talks on the subject at conferences and dinners around the world.
Dr Jonathan Foyle is a regular contributor to FT House and Home on heritage and crafts. A presenter of numerous television programmes on architecture and history, and former Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain, he iscurrently writing the fourth in his series of monographs on English cathedrals.
Lorien Kite is the books editor of the Financial Times. He has been at the newspaper since 2000, working most recently as deputy comment editor before taking on his current role in 2011. He was a judge for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction