CSFI Young Economists Group: A dinner discussion with Lord Turner of Ecchinswell

Held on Thursday, April 25, 2019


  • Lord Turner of Ecchinswell



There are some people who clearly never sleep, and I assume Adair Turner must be one. His resume is truly astounding – and, I imagine, far from complete.

From Cambridge (where he was President of the Union and of the Conservative Association), he went on to BP and Chase before decamping to that hotbed of extraordinary talent, McKinsey. From there, it was but a short step to the CBI, where he was D-G, to Merrill Lynch, to Standard Chartered, and thence to the FSA, which he chaired from 2008 to 2013. Enough? Not a chance. He also chaired the Low Pay Commission, the Pensions Commission, the UK Climate Change Committee, the ESRC, the ODI Council and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Although he will step down from the Board of the Pru later this year, he still chairs the Energy Transitions Commission and Chubb Europe, and is still a senior fellow at the INET – as well as a Trustee of the British Museum, und so weiter…

Did I say that he also writes? His most recent book (2015) was Between Debt and the Devil, but you can read him regularly on Project Syndicate. And that he teaches? He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies in Frankfurt, a visiting professor at LSE and Cass, and a Visiting Fellow at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Awesome… So I am delighted that he has agreed to share his thinking about the big issues of the day with our little group. What he chooses to focus on is up to him, but what I can guarantee is that it will be lively, provocative and (as the Guide Michelin says) well worth a detour.

If you (or a colleague who meets our fairly relaxed criteria*) would like to join us, please let us know by emailing alex@csfi.org or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. We only have a couple of dozen spaces, so an early response would be appreciated. As usual, I can promise excellent food and drink (thanks to the hospitality of our friends at Ruffer.)


Many thanks,

Andrew Hilton




*notionally, under 40, and (at least) “interested” in economics.