ECOBATE has a tradition of bringing together distinguished economists and academics hailing from leading universities, central bank resarch departments, think tanks and governments on the one hand, and experts and finance professionals with hands-on experiene of banking and finance on the other. Its unique feature is that the Conference aims to integrate local decision-makers, business leaders and civil society in general, by opening the late afternoon and evening programme to the general public.

Selected short speaker biographies:

Lord Adair Turner
Lord Adair TurnerSenior Fellow, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), London. He is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at Cass Business School, City University. Lord Turner was chairman of the FSA, 2008-2013; formerly Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (2008-2013) and Chairman of the Pensions Commission (2003-2006). He has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2005. He was Chairman of the Low Pay Commission from 2002 - 2006 and of the Overseas Development Institute. Until September 2008, Lord Turner was a non-executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank; from 2000-2006 he was a Senior Adviser, Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe, and from 1995-99, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. Prior to that, he was with McKinsey and Company from 1982-95, and between 1992-1995 built McKinsey's practice in Eastern Europe and Russia.


Sir John GieveSir John Gieve

Chairman of VocaLink, the main provider of payment systems in the UK, and an independent director of CLS Bank International, which settles most FX transactions world-wide. Trustee of Nesta, a Charity. Sir John was deputy-governor of the Bank of England from 2006 until February 2009. From 2001 to the end of 2005, Sir John was the Permanent Secretary of the Home Office. Before that he spent twenty years at HM Treasury, where he was private secretary to three Chancellors (Lawson, Major and Lamont) and rose to head the Budget and Public Services directorates.


Prof. John KayProf. John Kay

Fellow, St. John's College, Oxford. Visiting Professor, London School of Economics. Columnist, Financial Times. Advisory Board member, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Formerly Director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, Professor at London Business School and founder of consultancy London Economics. Author of many books, including The Truth about Markets (2003) and Obliquity (2010).


Ralf W. BarkeyRalf Barkey

Chairman of the Board, the Cooperatives Association in North Rhine-Westphalia. This is one of the largest association of cooperatives in Germany, of which the largest number of cooperatives are banks (Volksbank, Raiffeisenbank, Spar- und Darlehenskassen). Ralf is a trained and qualified lawyer (Germany). From 2000 to 2012 he was the managing director of the Chamber of Crafts, Aachen, which he joined in 1997. Prior to this he was deputy director and legal adviser of the West German Chamber of Crafts in Düsseldorf.   


Charlie HaswellCharles Haswell

Adviser to the Chairman of HSBC, and Global Head of the Financial Sector Policy Unit, which focuses on financial regulation, SME finance, finance for low carbon technologies and China Affairs, including the internationalisation of the RMB. Prior to joining HSBC in 2008 he worked int he Group Strategy function of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Before this, Charles worked for the Foreign Office in many functions, including as Director of Trade and Investment in China at the British Embassy in Beijing, and seconded to work for an earlier form of TheCityUK.  


Councillor Roy Perry

Leader, Hampshire County Council. Cllr Perry was MEP for the South East Region from 1994 to 2004, and in this function served, among others, as Vice President of the Petitions Committee, Budget Rapporteur for Culture and Education, at the European Parliament. From 2005 to 2009 Cllr Perry was the Chairman of the Hampshire Stragegic Partnership, and from 2006-2010 Co-Chairman of the Hampshire Interfaith Network. Prior to that, Cllr Perry served as Leader of Test Valley Borough Council (1985-1994). He is a Governor of King Edward VIth School in Southampton.


Kath Shimmin

Partner, Blake Morgan. Kath leads the Banking and Finance Team at Blake Morgan. She has over 25 years of experience in the finance sector, covering a broad range of client and transaction types. Her expertise encompasses banking and finance, financial services and social enterprise. Kath qualified with Slaughter and May in 1988. She became a partner in Blake Lapthorn in 1997. She now leads a team of 25 lawyers based in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast.


Fergal McCann, PhD

Economist at the Central Bank of Ireland. Fergal has worked in the Financial Stability Division since 2011. He holds a PhD from University College Dublin, and then worked as post-doctoral researcher at Universite Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. He is interested in firm-level finance, credit risk, international trade and its applications to development economics, labour economics and issues of credit access.


Andrea Lista, PhD

Lecturer in Law, University of Southampton. Andrea holds an Italian LLD, a University of London PhD, and an LLM from Southampton. He is a practicing advocate (Italy). Andrea has worked as a legal advisor to a multinational enterprise leading in underwater technology and has been a legal consultant to the European Parliament. He has lectured for several years in various areas of commercial law (international trade, competition law, internal market law and corporate law) in Southampton and London, and he is a very active legal consultant. Andrea has broad experience in EU law, corporate law, and international trade and international commercial arbitration, and he is a legal consultant to companies and law firms. He is also an active member of the European Law Research Group.


Professor Richard A. Werner, D.Phil. (Oxon)

Director, Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development, and Chair in International Banking at the University of Southampton. Chair of Local First CIC, a Community Interest Company dedicated to establishing not-for-profit community banks in the UK. Richard has been at Southampton for ten years. He has been senior managing director of a major US asset management firm, chief economist of Jardine Fleming Securities (Asia) Ltd., and a member of the asset allocation board of one of Japan's largest corporate pension funds. From 1997 to 2004 he was also assistant professor of international, monetary and development economics at Tokyo's Sophia University. In his 2003 book Princes of the Yen he warned that the ECB was likely to create credit and asset bubbles and subsequent banking crises and recessions in the eurozone. In his 2005 book New Paradigm in Macroeconomics he explained the money creation by banks and its implications, warned of pending crises and proposed effective solutions, which involve the concept of Quantitative Easing which he proposed in Japan in 1995.


Professor Neil Marriott, BSc, MBA, PhD, CPFA, FHEA

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, the University of Winchester. Priort to this, he was Faculty Dean, and Dean of Winchester Business School. He was Chair of the British Accounting and Finance Association from 2009 to 2011. His publications include five textbooks and tutor manuals covering financial and management accounting as well as a specialised work for NHS financial managers. Neil’s research interests include small business financial management and auditing, public sector accounting and accounting education. He is the editor of the International Journal of Management.


Professor Don Nutbeam, PhD, FFPH

Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton. Don is a world-renowned expert on public health and over his thirty-year research career has made a substantial international impact on the theory, science and practice of health promotion. Professor Nutbeam, originally a Southampton University Alumnus, has held leadership positions in universities, government and health services. Before becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton in 2009, he was Academic Provost at the University of Sydney. A Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, he is a highly cited author, with over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and two popular public health text books.