Brand New Britain? report

Click here to download your electronic copy of our latest report ‘Brand New Britain?’ – published on 29th June 2010 to coincide with out inaugural Comment Conference.

The report offers a range of comment and opinion on the central idea of a Brand New Britain across the key themes of business, innovation, communication and international relations – and contributors include Camila Batmanghelidjh of Kids Company, Justine Roberts of Mumsnet, performing arts promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Martin Bright of New Deal of the Mind, and many more (see below for full list of contributors).

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Nick Barron, Deputy Managing Director, Edelman.
Nick led the development of the Creativity & Business International Network (cabinet) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sports. In addition to working for the DCMS, his team supports clients including Leo Burnett, the Technology Strategy Board and Music Technology Ltd.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founder and Chief Executive, Kids Company.
Camila Batmanghelidjh is the founder of two children charities - The Place 2 Be (now national) and Kids Company, She trained as a psychotherapist and has become an advocate for vulnerable children

Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica.
Phillip Blond is director of ResPublica, a new public policy think tank, launched by David Cameron MP in November 2009. Phillip is a research fellow at NESTA. His book ‘Red Tory: How Left and Right have Broken Britain and How we can Fix It’ was published by Faber and Faber in spring 2010.

Mihir Bose, writer and sports journalist.
Mihir Bose is an award winning journalist and author. He is currently working on range of projects including a weekly “Big Sports Interview” for the London Evening Standard, a book on the power of modern sport, and other projects for radio and television covering social and historical issues as well as sport. Until recently he was the BBC’s first Sports Editor where his job involved investigating and analysing sports stories for BBC outlets including the flagship Ten O’clock News, the Today programme, Five Live and the website. He has written for nearly all the major UK newspapers, including spending 12 years as chief sports news correspondent for the Daily Telegraph where he created an innovative weekly column, Inside Sport. Prior to that he edited the Inside Track column for the Sunday Times. Bose has written 22 books, including A History of Indian Cricket and Manchester Disunited.

Martin Bright, Founder, New Deal of the Mind.
From 2005 to 2009, he was the New Statesman's political editor. He now writes a blog for The Spectator on line and is the Political Editor of the Jewish Chronicle. In January 2009, Bright formed New Deal of the Mind, a coalition of artists, entrepreneurs, academics and opinion formers.

William Eccleshare, President and CEO, Clear Channel International.
In 2000, William joined McKinsey & Company as a partner and leader of the European Branding Practice. In 2002 William returned to the advertising industry WPP's Young & Rubicam as European Chairman and CEO.In 2005, he became Chairman and CEO of BBDO EMEA.In September 2009 William joined Clear Channel International - the world’s largest outdoor media owner - as President and CEO.

Stuart Fraser, Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee, City of London.
Stuart Fraser is the City of London Corporation's Policy Chairman. Stuart is currently a divisional director of Brewin Dolphin Securities, the UK’s largest independent quoted stockbroker responsible for the management of Private Client, Charitable and Trust investment portfolios.

Andrew Gimson, Parliamentary Sketch Writer for the The Daily Telegraph.
He has recently published the updated paperback edition of "Boris - The Rise of Boris Johnson", a ground-breaking study of the Mayor of London, published by Pocket Books.

Harvey Goldsmith CBE, British performing arts promoter.
He is best known as promoter of rock concerts, charity concerts, television broadcasts for the Prince's Trust. In 1985 Harvey Goldsmith produced Live Aid with Sir Bob Geldof, which raised £140 million for the starving in Africa.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community.
Stephen joined Business in the Community as Managing Director in September 2005. His appointment followed eight years as a supporter and national partner of BITC’s Business Action on Homelessness initiative.

Howell James, Barclays Corporate Affairs Director.
Howell joined Barclays in September 2008. Prior to this he was Permanent Secretary, Government Communication, in the Cabinet Office. He was a Founding Partner and Director of Brown Lloyd James, a corporate PR Company from 1997-2004. Howell was Political Secretary to the Prime Minister between 1994 and 1997.

Jonathan Kestenbaum, Chief Executive of NESTA.
Jonathan previously worked as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Apax Partners, Sir Ronald Cohen. Together they built The Portland Trust which developed a $500 million fund for small and medium sized businesses in the Middle East. He sits on the Innovation Advisory Board at Imperial and the Technology Advisory Board at Qineti.

Sarah Lyall, London Correspondent for the New York Times.
Her first book is The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British. Appearing a half-century after Nancy Mitford’s Noblesse Oblige, Lyall’s book is a witty account of twenty-first-century Britain.

Shyama Perera.
Shyama Perera is a writer and broadcaster, a novelist, and a specialist in strategic communications, helping organisations refine lines of information for maximum impact.

Daniel Ritterband, Mayor’s Director of Marketing.
Daniel spent the first six years of his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, producing communications for brands such as the NSPCC, Sony, Visa, Lexus and Proctor & Gamble. In 2005 he moved into politics - working as the Campaign Director of Boris's election campaign for Mayor of London.

Justine Roberts, co-founder and MD of
Justine Roberts co-founded Mumsnet in January 2000 with Carrie Longton. has grown rapidly with one million visitors each month clocking up 18 million monthly page impressions or hits.

Zad Rogers, CEO/Founder at Atomized Entertainment.
Atomized is a new Social Media company that produces, distributes and monetises content for the web. Previously Rogers was the Founder and Creative Director at RDF Digital and Co-Founder and Creative Director of IWC Media.

Philippe Sands QC, Author of ‘Lawless World’.
Philippe Sands is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and the European Court of Justice. He frequently advises governments, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector on aspects of international law. In 2003 he was appointed a Queen's Counsel.

Stefan Stern, Columnist, Financial Times.
Stefan Stern writes a weekly column on management for the Financial Times. He has been writing about business, finance and management for the past 17 years. He has won awards for his work from the Work Foundation and the Management Consultancies Association.

Luke Syson, Curator of Italian Painting before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery.
He is also the author of Renaissance Siena: Art for a City and Objects of Virtue: Art in Renaissance Italy with Dora Thornton.

Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, Arts & Business.
Colin Tweedy has been Chief Executive of Arts & Business (formerly the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts, ABSA) since 1983. He is Chairman of CEREC. Colin Tweedy is a director of the Headlong Theatre and the Mariinsky Theatre Trust.

Simon Warr, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Jaguar Land Rover.
Simon is Communications and Public Affairs Board Director at Jaguar Land Rover, a role he has held since February 2007. In recent years, he brought a more strategic communications approach to Ford Motor Company's luxury division, Premier Automotive Group, encompassing Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo.

Sandy Walkington, Liberal Democrat candidate for St Albans in 2010.
In 2005 he was Director of General Election Communications for the Liberal Democrats. He was Director of Public Affairs for both BT and TfL.

Peter York, Editorial Intelligence Associate and Social Commentator.
Peter is one of the UK’s leading strategic researchers. Also known as Peter Wallis, he co-founded the influential management consultancy SRU with Lord Stevenson. His latest book ‘Cooler, Faster, More Expensive – The Return of the Sloane Ranger’, co-authored with Olivia Stewart-Liberty, was published in 2007.

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Brand New Britain?

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