Former journalist and businesswoman Baroness Wheatcroft graduated from the University of Birmingham with an LLB Law degree and went on to work on several national newspapers, most recently as the Editor-in-Chief at Wall Street Journal Europe. A prize winning reporter, winner of the Wincott Award for Senior Financial Journalism and London Press Club Business Journalist of the Year, Baroness Wheatcroft launched Retail Week, a specialist trade magazine in 1988, and is a former Business Editor of The Times and a former Sunday Telegraph Editor.
She is a Conservative life peer and a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Corporate Reputation. She is also on the Board of St James’s Place plc and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and is Deputy Chairman of the British Museum.
Professor Ian Hargreaves is the Chair of Digital Economy at Cardiff University, supporting research on issues arising from the impact of the internet. A former editor of the Independent, deputy editor of the Financial Times, director of BBC News & Current Affairs and a founding member of the Ofcom board, his interests include the impact of digital communications technology on journalism, media, intellectual property issues and the creative economy.
In 2010/2011, he was invited by UK Prime Minister David Cameron to lead a review of intellectual property, published in May 2011 as Digital Opportunity: a review of intellectual property and economic growth. The recommendations of this review have been adopted as the basis of UK Government policy.
Prof Hargreaves is a member of the management board of REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technologies) and responsible for its engagement within Wales. He is also Principal Investigator in a research project, Media, Community and the Creative Citizen, funded by the AHRC and the EPSRC under the Connected Communities programme.
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012 for services to the creative economy and higher education.
John Ridding is the CEO of FT Group, a role he has held since 2006. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operation, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Alpha Grid, Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments and Assanka, renamed FT Labs.
During his more than 25 years at the FT, John has served as managing editor, deputy editor, companies reporter, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent.
Before joining the FT, John worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.
John is a non-executive director of The Economist and sits on the board of Bonnier Business Press, part of the international media conglomerate Bonnier AB. He is also a member of the Global Board and Chairman of the UK Advisory Board of Room to Read, a charity that supports education and literacy in developing countries.