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Professor Simon Deakin

Director, Centre for Business Research

Mr Michael Kitson

Assistant Director, Centre for Business Research

Ms Stephanie Saunders

Administrator, Centre for Business Research

Dr Mia Gray

Research Associate, Centre for Business Research

Dr Andrea Mina

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Business Research

Dr Kate Barker DBE (Chair of the Advisory Board)

Dame Kate Barker is a business economist. She is presently a non-executive director of Man Group, and Chair of the Trustee Boards of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme. She is also chair of the Jersey Fiscal Policy Panel.

Previously, Kate was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) from 2001 until May 2010. During this period, she also led two major policy reviews for Government, on housing supply and on land use planning. Before joining the MPC she was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI, and prior to that Chief European Economist at Ford of Europe.

Professor Catherine Barnard

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Dr Catherine Barnard is Professor of European Union Law at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Law.

Visit Professor Catherine Barnard’s profile on the Faculty of Law website

Dr Ha-Joon Chang

Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

Ha-Joon Chang is one of the leading heterodox economists and institutional economists specialising in development economics. Currently a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge, Chang is the author of several widely-discussed policy books, most notably 2002’s Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank as well as to Oxfam and various United Nations agencies. He is also a fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.

Visit Dr Chang’s profile on the Faculty of Economics website

Dr Frederique Dahan

Head of Financial Institutions Operations, Policy Dialogue and Grant Management, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Financial Institutions

Frederique Dahan presently serves as Head of Financial Institutions Operations, Policy Dialogue and Grant Management at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In this capacity, she oversees all policy engagements that the Bank undertakes in relation to the financial sector, more particularly the banking sector. She is also managing a team in charge of developing, managing and reporting on grant-supported programmes implemented by the Financial Institutions Business Department at the EBRD.

She was previously Chief Counsel and Head of the Financial Law Unit (FLU) in EBRD Legal Transition Team, which provides legal reform assistance to the countries of central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and in the southern and eastern Mediterranean countries, where she supervised all legal reform projects concerning secured transactions and access to credit, insolvency and creditors’ rights, corporate governance and securities markets. She has personally led many secured transactions projects, including country-specific projects in Hungary, Moldova, Morocco, Slovakia and Russia, among others. Frederique is a recognised expert in the subject matter, having personally worked on some of the key EBRD standards setting projects on secured transactions, collateral registers and mortgage lending. She was one of the authors of the EBRD study Mortgages in transition economies, published in 2008, and the Editor (with John Simpson) of the work on Secured Transactions Reform and Access to Credit, 2008, Elgar. She edited the Research Handbook on Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions, which was published in 2015 by Elgar (with the paperback edition published in 2016).

Professor Simon Deakin

Centre for Business Research

BA and PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge; Bigelow Fellow, University of Chicago Law School, 1986-87; Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary College, London, 1987-90; Lecturer, then Reader, in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge between 1990 and 2001; Robert Monks Professor of Corporate Governance, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 2001-6; Acting Director, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, Jan 2005-Dec 2006; Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, and Senior Research Associate, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 2006 onwards. Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia University, 2003, 2008; Visiting Professor of Management and Omron Fellow, Doshisha University, Kyoto, 2004-onwards; Visiting Fellow, Nantes (1993, 1995), Melbourne (1998), European University Institute, Florence (2004). Elected Fellow of the British Academy, 2005. ILO Social Policy Lecturer, Central European University, Budapest, 2001; Tanner Lecturer, University of Oxford, 2008. Present research projects include work on law, finance and development; reflexive governance in the public interest; gender equality and corporate social responsibility; pension fund activism; and capabilities and labour markets in Europe.

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Gill Dix

Head of Strategy at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)

Gill Dix is Head of Strategy at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas). Prior to this she held the post of Head of Research and Evaluation Acas. She has a background in social policy and employment relations research, holding previous posts in the University of York, the Arts Council for England and various voluntary sector bodies. Her work at Acas has been wide-ranging focusing on the conduct of studies measuring the effectiveness and social and economic impacts of Acas as well as studies focusing more broadly on employment relations. Gill was an author on the 1998 and 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Study reports and is currently a sponsor representing Acas in the 2012 WERS study. Her research interests including dispute resolution, consultation and representation at work and decision making and service delivery. In her current role Gill leads a programme focused on public policy analysis and research.

Tom Goodwin

Assistant Director for WTO, Department for International Trade

Tom Goodwin is a civil servant at the Department for International Trade where he is responsible for advising ministers on multilateral trade policy and UK relations with the World Trade Organization.

He previously served as head of the trade team at the UK Mission to the WTO where, in addition to overall responsibility for the World Trade Organization affairs he chaired the WTO Committee on Trade in Financial Services. He was for two years Senior Counsellor at the World Intellectual Property Organization, advising on intellectual property, health and development.

Tom Goodwin studied economics at Warwick University, law at Middlesex University and EU affairs at South Bank Polytechnic. He joined the Centre for Business Research upon its establishment and undertook research and published on trust in interfirm contracting before moving into government service.

Professor Morten Hviid

ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

Morten Hviid was appointed Director of the CCP in August 2011. He previosuly joined the UEA Law School in September 2004 as a Professor in Competition Law. He has held posts in the Economics Departments at University of Copenhagen and University of Warwick and in the School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia. Professor Hviid researches and teaches in the areas of competition law, contract law and tort law. Within the Centre for Competition Policy he primarily works on issues relating to cartels and the role of private enforcement in competition law. He is a past editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and a past associate editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Visit Professor Morten Hviid’s profile on the University of East Anglia website

Michael Kitson

Centre for Business Research

Michael Kitson is Assistant Director at the Centre for Business Research. He is Director of the Management Studies Tripos and University Senior Lecturer in International Macroeconomics at the Cambridge Judge Business School and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College. He is a co-editor of the Cambridge Journal of Economics. He has been an expert witness for the House of Lords enquiry into globalisation. Previously he was a Research Officer at the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge and a College Teaching Officer at St Catharine’s College Cambridge. His research interests include macroeconomic policy and performance; international trade; industrial economics; regional economics; corporate performance.

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Professor Iain MacNeil

School of Law, University of Glasgow

Iain MacNeil joined the School of Law at the University of Glasgow in 2003 and was appointed to the Alexander Stone Chair of Commercial Law in 2005. His early career was in the investment-banking sector in the City of London. Iain’s primary interest and expertise lies in corporate governance and financial regulation. He is a member of the editorial board of the Capital Markets Law Journal and has served as general editor of the Law and Financial Markets Review. In 2012 Iain served as a special adviser to the House of Lords EU Committee for their review of MiFID II. In 2014 he served as a member of the UK Research Evaluation Framework (REF) Panel for Law and in 2018 was appointed Deputy Chair of the REF 2021 Law Panel and Deputy Convenor of the Hong Kong RAE 2020 Panel. From 2013-19 he served first as Deputy and then as Head of the School of Law at Glasgow. He has acted as Senior Adviser on several EU DG FISMA commissioned projects examining national compliance with EU financial sector Directives.

Visit Professor Iain MacNeil’s profile on the University of Glasgow website

Simon Marsh

Education & Employment Policy Director, Chemical Industries Association

Simon Marsh is a Director at the Chemical Industries Association. The Association acts as the key source of advice and as the collective voice of chemical businesses located across the UK. Simon has a broad remit of Communications Director, Company Secretary and Education & Employment Policy Director. His work currently focuses on the governance of the Association – where Board membership is drawn from member companies, dialogue with the chemical industry’s stakeholders and the education & employment policy positioning for the sector. His policy responsibilities include lobbying on education & employment matters, spreading best practice across chemical companies on workforce issues and a national relationship with the trade unions that operate in the sector.

Professor Jacqueline O'Reilly

Professor of Comparative HRM, University of Sussex Business School

Co-Director, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre

Jacqueline O’Reilly is full Professor of Comparative HRM at the University of Sussex Business School and Co-Director for the ESRC £8 million investment in the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (2020-24).

She is the UK lead on the Horizon 2020 EUROSHIP project on social protection in Europe (2020-23). Previously, she co-ordinated EU STYLE: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe (2014-17) and was UK lead on the EU NEGOTIATE project (2015-18).

Her most recent research focuses on the digital transformation of work, labour market policy and international comparisons of gender, ethnicity and labour market transitions across the life course.

She completed her doctorate at Nuffield College, University of Oxford on an Anglo-French comparison of employment practices in the banking sector. She worked for ten years at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Germany, and at Sciences Politiques in Paris, London, Manchester and Brighton Universities in the UK.

In 2000 she was awarded a Jean Monnet Research Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence. She is a visiting research fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Sciences Politiques, Paris, and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Wirthschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftes Institut (WSI), Dusseldorf.

She has served on the editorial board of the BJIR, Socio-Economic Review, and Work, Employment and Society where she was also Chair of the editorial board. She was elected twice to the Executive Council of SASE, and is President-elect of SASE. In 2019 she was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences for her distinguished contribution to the field of interdisciplinary research.

She has been consulted by HM Treasury, Full Employment Team and the UK Cabinet Office Open Innovation Unit on equal pay and youth employment. She is an Evaluation Rapporteur for the European Commission Horizon 2020 research programme, was invited as an advisor to the ILO Work4Youth programme funded by The MasterCard Foundation, and was an evaluator on two occasions for the German Excellence Initiative of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (€151 million investment).

Professor Jennifer Rubin

Chief Scientific Adviser and Director General Science, Technology, Analysis, Research and Strategy, Home Office

Professor Jennifer Rubin is the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser and Director General Science, Technology, Analysis, Research and Strategy. She joined the Home Office from her role as Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), leading on both National Security and Diversity and Inclusion for UKRI.

Jennifer was a postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at Harvard after completing her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge in Social and Political Sciences, and has since built and led research programmes and institutes inside and outside academia. She is Professor of Public Policy at King’s College London, Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and UK subject expert on NATO’s taskforce on ethnic intolerance in the military. Before becoming a Professor at King’s, Jennifer was Executive Vice President of RAND’s European offices, and has advised the Executive offices of the UK and other European governments, the US, New Zealand and the European Commission. Jennifer has also provided research, evaluation and strategy advice to NGOs and foundations nationally and internationally.

Isabelle Schömann

Confederal Secretary, ETUC

Isabelle Schömann was elected Confederal Secretary at the ETUC’s 14th Congress in Vienna in May 2019. She heads ETUC policy on workers’ participation, industrial policy, legal affairs and human rights, single market legislation and digitalisation.

Previously, she was a principal adviser to the Regulatory Scrutiny Board of the European Commission providing quality control of all impact assessments and major evaluations by Commission services.

From 2005 to 2016, she was a senior researcher with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels, covering European social dialogue and European and comparative labour law, corporate governance and workers’ participation, fundamental social rights. She carried extensive research on the impacts of the 2008 crisis on workers’ rights and on the Commission’s Regulatory and Fitness Performance Programme (REFIT) on labour rights. Isabelle was legal advisor to the European Economic and Social Committee Workers’ Group on the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Former research fellow of the Berlin Social Science Center, Germany, she holds a postgraduate degree in social and labour law from the Sorbonne in Paris and has authored and co-authored a wide range of authoritative studies on trade union issues.

Isabel Taylor

Partner, Specialist in Competition Law, Slaughter & May

Isabel is a partner at Slaughter and May.  She specialises in competition law and advises across a range of industries, including regulated industries, as regards merger control, general competition law, sectoral regulatory requirements, and public procurement. She has a particular interest in State aid law. Before joining the firm as a trainee solicitor Isabel worked as a research assistant at the Law Commission.

Visit Isabel Taylor’s profile page on the Slaughter and May website

Janet Williamson

Senior Policy Officer, Specialist in Corporate Governance, TUC

Janet is a Senior Policy Officer in the TUC’s Economic and Social Affairs Department responsible for policy on corporate governance, institutional investment, executive pay and corporate social responsibility. She is the Chair of Trade Union Share Owners, an initiative that brings together union funds to collaborate on voting and engagement at company AGMs, and a trustee of the TUC Superannuation Society. Janet also contributes to TUC pensions policy and campaigning.

Chair: Dr Pippa Rogerson

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Professor Catherine Barnard

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Dr Brendan Burchell

Faculty of Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge

Professor Simon Deakin

Centre for Business Research

Professor Mauro F Guillén

Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Professor Andrew Harvey

Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

Dr Sean Holly

Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

Mr Michael Kitson

Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

Professor Ron Martin

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Dr Tim Minshall

Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor Pete Tyler

Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Ms Stephanie Saunders

Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge