Tuesday 05 October | 17.45-18.45
Rt Hon Rishi Sunak | has been the Chancellor of the Exchequer since February 2020. He previously served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and has been the MP for Richmond since 2015. Prior to entering parliament, Rishi worked for Goldman Sachs and other investment firms. Rishi has a First Class degree from Oxford and a Masters Degree from Stanford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has a love of cricket and is also a Southampton FC fan.
Mark Littlewood (Co-Chair) | is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Since 2009, Mark has overseen the expansion of the IEA’s influence and media profile. Mark appears regularly on TV and Radio, often featuring as a guest on flagship political programmes such as BBC Question Time, Newsnight, Sky News and the Today Programme. He also holds a regular segment on Times Radio and writes a bi-weekly column for The Times.
John O’Connell (Co-Chair) | joined the TPA as an intern in 2009. Since then he has worked at every level of the organisation which made him uniquely qualified to become Chief Executive beginning August 2016. As a researcher, and later Research Director, he wrote major reports for the TPA on quangos, government capital procurement, regional business policy and local government pensions. He co-authored the influential paper How to Save £50 Billion: reducing spending for sustainable public finances, released in conjunction with the Institute of Directors. He also uncovered how local councils were spending Preventing Violent Extremism grants, finding more detailed information than could be gathered by Parliamentary Questions. John oversaw the work of the 2020 Tax Commission. He also wrote and edited several sections of its final report, The Single Income Tax, which won the Templeton Freedom Award from the Atlas Network. John frequently represents the TPA on television and radio, including prominent appearances on flagship broadcast programmes and documentaries. He also regularly speaks for the TPA at events, delivering speeches on the TPA’s campaigns and research. In April 2012 John completed the Think Tank MBA in America, an intensive training course offered by the Atlas Network. He has a BA from Nottingham Trent University and an MSc from University College London.