• The outlook for Interest rates and UK growth?• When will inflation peak?• What key economic assumptions should businesses include in their business plans?• What are the upside and downside risks to the UK's economy• What is the global economic outlook• The continuing drag on the economy of Brexit and Covid
John is a Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director who has extensive public and capital market experience including a specific knowledge of China where he has worked for over 20 years.John’s background covers operations, acquisition integration and management internationally in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia (Japan, China and Thailand) and Australasia. Additionally, through his capital market experience, he has a strong practical knowledge on corporate governanceJohn has been a member of the IoD since 1991, is a Chartered Accountant and was previously with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) in both London and New York.More recently in 2018, John became Chair of the leading UK national charity, Carers Trust which works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. He also sits on the Board of The Princess Royal Respite Fund for Carers and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal Board.In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list, John was honoured with an OBE for services to British business interests and the development of civil society in China.
Kitty Ussher is a UK macroeconomist and public policy research professional and the Chief Economist at the Institute of Directors.A former MP for Burnley, she served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (“City minister”) during the early phase of the financial crisis and subsequently as a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.She then moved to the private sector, delivering public policy thought leadership research projects for large corporates and charities. She has served on the FCA consumer panel and in addition to her work at the IoD is also a NED for an asset manager and a fast-growing fintech.
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