City Group event at Aviva HQ, London | 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd March
6:30pm | Drinks and nibbles
7pm | Welcome from the Principal
8pm | Talks conclude
8:30 | Event concludes
The economist, writer and broadcaster Duncan Weldon (2001, PPE) will join us ‘in conversation’ about his recent book Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The surprising story of Britain’s economy from boom to bust and back again , described by the Financial Times as “A readable and comprehensive history of the rise and fall of the country’s economic power, from the Corn Laws to Brexit”. The event will be hosted by the Principal, at Aviva HQ, London.
Duncan Weldon is a writer and broadcaster. He was previously the Britain Economics Correspondent at the Economist, the Economics Correspondent for Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship nightly current affairs show and a columnist for Prospect magazine. He has written and presented several documentaries for BBC Radio 4, including World War Two: The Economic Battle. An economist by background, he began his career at the Bank of England, before working in asset management and then public policy as the senior economist at the Trades Union Congress. Aside from The Economist and Prospect he has written for the Financial Times, New Statesman, Guardian, Political Quarterly and City AM, and is a regular commentator on television and radio.
Duncan will be joined by Peter Mandelson. Peter is Co-founder and Chairman of Global Counsel. 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 held a number of Cabinet posts under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown including Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. 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.
As well as Chairman of Global Counsel, Peter is a member of the International Advisory Committee of BlueVoyant, a cyber security company and member of the Group Holding Board of the Bank of London. He is a Governor and Member of the Council of Management at the Ditchley Foundation. Peter is Chairman of the Design Museum in London and Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University.