Demonstrating public value - Speaker biographies
John Eatwell has taught economics at Cambridge since 1970, and became President of Queens' College, Cambridge in 1997. He entered the House of Lords in 1992 where, from 1993 to 1997, he served as Principal Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs. Along with Clive Hollick, John set up the Institute for Public Policy Research - now one of Britain's leading policy think-tanks. As well as acting as Chairman of the British Library, John is a Trustee of the IPPR, he chairs the Commercial Radio Companies Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Opera House with particular responsibility for the Royal Ballet.
Jeremy Skinner joined the Treasury in 2002. He is the Treasury's lead advisor on issues relating to appraisal and evaluation. In his previous careers he was a consultant in government and public services with PA Consulting Group, and before that qualified as an accountant with the Audit Commission. He has worked for and with a range of public sector bodies, in the NHS, Home Office, and local government.
Caroline Pung is the Head of Strategy and Planning at the British Library. She was originally a research chemist but moved from science to work for McKinsey and Company, a global strategy consulting firm. With McKinsey she worked with corporations and non-profit organisations from the UK, Europe, and the US on key strategic, organisational and operational issues. Since joining the British Library Caroline has been leading a corporate strategy review. In addition to her work relating to measuring the economic impact of the Library, Caroline has been focusing on the Library's work in science, technology and medicine.
Tabitha is a partner and one of the founding members of Spectrum Strategy Consultants. Spectrum provides strategic and operational support exclusively to the media, telecommunications and public sectors. With 15 years of industry experience, Tabitha's work now focuses on regulatory dynamics, changing economics and new business development.
Phillipa Marks is a Director of Indepen, an independent management consultancy specialising in addressing the challenges of innovation, restructuring and change. Phillipa focuses on the analysis of economic, public policy and regulatory issues in the media, telecommunications and utility industries. Her earlier career included a spell at the Institute of Transport Studies and as a director of the National Economic Research Associates (NERA) leading assignments in the media, telecommunications and utility sectors.
James Thickett is Controller of Business Strategy at the BBC - responsible for all the BBC's performance and measurement functions, as well as leading editorial and business process change across the organisation. He is currently involved in the BBC's charter review process and the 'Making it Happen' culture change project. Prior to joining the BBC, James held a number of senior strategy and marketing roles at The Walt Disney Company.
Tony Travers is director of LSE's Greater London Group, which carries out research into subjects relating to the government and economy of cities. Along with Stephen Glaister, he was commissioned - by the National Museum Directors' Conference (NMDC) - to prepare a major report on Valuing Museums; impact and innovation among national museums, which was published in March 2004. Tony has held a number of official posts, including acting as a member of the Audit Commission and as an advisor to several Parliamentary committees.
Magnus is Senior Consultant at AEA Consulting, a management consulting practice specialising in strategic, operational and facilities planning in the cultural sector. In 1999 he was the co-author of Creative Industry, the first comprehensive review of commercial income generation in museums and galleries undertaken in the UK. He is a member of the board of EU Consult, the European Association of Consultants to the Not-for-Profit Sector. Prior to joining AEA, Magnus worked in investment banking at S.G. Warburg, as an international economist and in corporate finance.