Former Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London
Jo served as a Government Minister for 6 years until his resignation over Brexit in November.
His last Ministerial role was as Minister of State at the Department for Transport, and also Minister for London. From May 2015 – January 2018 he served as Minister of State for Universities & Science. Before this he was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board, from April 2013 until May 2015, as well as Parliamentary Secretary, then Minister of State in the Cabinet Office.
Prior to his election to Parliament in 2010, Jo spent thirteen years at the Financial Times, working in a variety of roles, including Associate Editor & Editor of The Lex Column, South Asia Bureau Chief (2005-2008) and Paris Correspondent.
In conjunction with Pro Bono Economics we present renowned author and economist, Stephen King.
Stephen’s third and latest book, Grave New World: The end of globalisation, the return of history was published in May 2017. It was long-listed for the FT-McKinsey Business Book of the Year and later picked as a ‘book of the year’ by the Financial Times.
His previous books, When the Money Runs Out and Losing Control, also received several awards and accolades and have been widely translated.
Peter is Co-founder and Chairman of Global Counsel, a regulatory, political risk and public policy advisory business based in London, Brussels and Singapore.
He is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round.
Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Blair and Brown governments. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990.
Peter is an independent director of Global Ports Holding, the world’s largest cruise ports operator, and Senior Adviser to Lazard. He chairs the Design Museum and is Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University as well as being President of Policy Network.
Educated at an Essex state school and Oxford University, the Chancellor came to politics from a wide-ranging background of hands-on business experience in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, property, construction and oil and gas, both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
He was first elected as a Conservative MP in 1997. Since then he has served in various shadow cabinet roles and as Secretary of State for Transport (2010-2011), Secretary of State for Defence (2011-2014), Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs (2014-2016) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (July 2016 to the present).