Lord Adair Turner of Ecchinswell has combined careers in business, public policy and academia, and is a highly sought after keynote speaker in the corporate sector.
Lord Turner studied History and Economics at Caius College, Cambridge and he became the college supervisor in economics from 1979 to 1981. He began working for McKinsey & Co from 1982 to 1995, during this time he was part of the team building McKinsey’s practice in Eastern Europe and Russia. From 1995 to 1999 he became Director General of the Confederation of the British Industry; his next career move was to Merrill Lynch Europe where he was Vice-Chairman from 2000 to 2006.
Before 2008 he had also worked as a non-executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank, United British Media and Siemens UK and was Chair of the Overseas Development Institute from 2007 to 2010.
In April 2013, Lord Turner was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for new Economic Thinking (INET), prior to this he was the Chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority from September 2008 to March 2013. He also chaired the Climate Change Committee from January 2008 up until Spring 2012.
Lord Turner became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005, was the Chair of the UK Pensions Commission from 2003 to 2006 and Chair of the Low Pay Commission from 2002 to 2006. He is also a visiting Professor at a number of universities including the London School of Economics, Cass Business School and City University. He is a visiting Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and a Trustee and Chair of the Audit Committee at the British Museum.
Lord Turner has written two books, his first ‘Just Capital- the Liberal Economy’ was published by MacMillan in 2001 and his most recent title ‘Economics after the Crisis- Objectives and Means’ was published in 2012.
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