Mind the income gap

Speaker biogs – Mind the Income Gap: Growth from fair wages

The following speakers participated in the ‘Mind the Income Gap – Growth from fair wages‘ seminar on 1 July 2013: Frances O’Grady, James PlunkettRomain Ranciere and Howard Reed.

Photo of Frances O'Grady, TUC General SecretaryFrances O’Grady

Frances is General Secretary of the TUC.

Joining the TUC as Campaigns Officer in 1994, she launched the TUC’s Organising Academy in 1997.

Frances headed the TUC’s organisation department in 1999, reorganising local skills projects into unionlearn which now helps a quarter of a million workers into learning every year.

As Deputy General Secretary from 2003, Frances led on industrial policy, the NHS and the Olympics. In January 2013, Frances became the TUC’s General Secretary, the first woman to ever hold this post. She has served as a member of both the Low Pay and the High Pay Commissions, and the Resolution Foundation’s Commission on Living Standards.

Photo of James Plunkett, James Plunkett, Director of Policy and Development at the Resolution Foundation think tankJames Plunkett

James is Director of Policy and Development at the Resolution Foundation think tank. He oversees the Resolution Foundation’s policy work as well as developing new areas of work and partnerships. Previously, James ran the Commission on Living Standards, a wide-ranging investigation into the pressures facing people on low-to-middle incomes. Previously he was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. From 2008 to 2009 he worked in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street and prior to that in the Cabinet Office and as a strategy consultant in the private sector. He is a regular contributor to broadcast and print media and writes for a wide range of blogs.

Photo of Romain Ranciere, Professor of Economics at the Paris School of EconomicsRomain Ranciere

Romain Ranciere is Professor at the Paris School of Economics (PSE), a Research Affiliate of the CEPR (London), and the Scientific Director of the Banque de France Chaire at PSE. His research focus is international finance and economic growth. He has written extensively on financial fragility and financial crises and their long run growth consequences. His articles appear in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Development Economics.

The event will be chaired by Ben Chu, economics editor at the Independent newspaper.

Howard ReedHoward Reed

Howard Reed is Director of the economic research consultancy Landman Economics.

He is an economist with over a decade of research experience in quality research institutes such as the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Before leaving to found Landman Economics in May 2008, Howard’s most recent job was Chief Economist at the ippr.


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