Tom Bentley is an author and policy analyst based in Australia. Bentley was born and educated in the United Kingdom, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Bentley was formerly executive director for policy and cabinet for the Premier of Victoria, Australia,and was then deputy chief of staff to Prime Minister Julia Gillard and part-time director of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. Between 1998 and 2006 he was director of DEMOS - described by The Economist as ‘Britain's most influential think tank'. Prior to his role at Demos he was a special adviser to David Blunkett MP, then Secretary of State for Education and Employment, where he worked on issues including school curriculum reform, social inclusion, creativity, citizenship, adult skills and area-based regeneration. He has been a trustee and chair of the Learning Programme for the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and a trustee of the Community Action Network in London.
Bentley has been a regular contributor to The Guardian , The Observer ,the Financial Times and the New Statesman as well as regularly being interviewed for print and broadcast media.
Peter Robert Garrett is an Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and former politician.
Kevin Michael Rudd is an Australian former politician who was the 26th Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 3 December 2007 to 24 June 2010 and again from 26 June to 13 September 2013. He held office as the leader of the Australian Labor Party.
The Australian and its Saturday edition, the Weekend Australian, is a broadsheet newspaper published by News Corp Australia since 14 July 1964. As the only Australian daily newspaper distributed nationally, its readership as of September 2019 of both print and online editions was 2,394,000. Its editorial line has been described over time as centre-right to right wing. It is owned by News Corp Australia.
Julia Eileen Gillard is an Australian former politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She was previously Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 until 2010 and held the additional positions of Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and minister for Social Inclusion from 2007 to 2010. She is the first and only woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and leader of a major party in Australia.
Craig Anthony Emerson is an Australian economist and former Australian Labor Party politician who was the Australian House of Representatives Member for the Division of Rankin in Queensland from 1998 until 2013. Emerson served as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Minister for Competition Policy, Small Business and Consumer Affairs in the Rudd and Gillard Governments.
Wayne Maxwell Swan is an Australian politician who is National President of the Labor Party. He was previously the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party from 2010 to 2013, and the Treasurer of Australia from 2007 to 2013.
Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London (UCL). From 2011 to 2019 he was Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Visiting Professor at University College London, the London School of Economics, and the University of Melbourne.
Kim John Carr is an Australian politician who has been a Senator for Victoria since 1993, representing the Labor Party. He was a minister in the Rudd and Gillard Governments.
Nesta is an innovation foundation based in the UK.
John McTernan is a British political strategist and commentator. He has been a political adviser to the Labour Party.
Shreela Ghosh, a former dancer, actress and reporter, became publicly known in the United Kingdom when she was cast as Naima Jeffery in 1985, one of the original characters in BBC's soap opera, EastEnders. She has since given up performing to work as an arts executive. She was the first programme director for Arts and Heritage at the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and went on to become the Deputy Director for the Institute of International Visual Arts (InIVA). She now is the Director of the Free Word Centre.
Demos is a cross party think tank based in the United Kingdom with a cross-party political viewpoint. It was founded in 1993 and specialises in social policy, developing evidence-based solutions in a range of areas - from education and skills to health and housing.
Andrew Keith Leigh is an Australian politician, author, lawyer and former professor of economics at the Australian National University. He has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2010 representing the seat of Fraser until 2016 and Fenner thereafter. He briefly served as the Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013 and then served as Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Competition from 2013 to 2019. Leigh is not a member of any factions of the Labor Party.
Richard V. Reeves is a British writer and scholar and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
The Manchester Independent Economic Review (MIER) is believed to be the first independent economic review of a city-region. The Review was launched in June 2008 by Secretary of State Hazel Blears and Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling and published its findings on 6 April 2009.
The Gillard Government was the Government of Australia led by the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, of the Australian Labor Party. The Gillard Government succeeded the First Rudd Government by way of the Labor Party leadership spill, and began on 24 June 2010, with Gillard sworn in as Prime Minister by the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce. The Gillard Government ended when Kevin Rudd won back the leadership of the Australian Labor Party on 26 June 2013 and commenced the Second Rudd Government.
Luke Jerram is a British installation artist. He creates sculptures, large installations, and live arts projects.
Mark Ian Paterson is a senior Australian public servant. He is currently the Chief Commissioner of Australian Skills Quality Authority. He was the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services from June 2011 until April 2015. He also served on the board of Infrastructure NSW.
Marielle Catherine Feuerherdt Smith is an Australian politician. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and has served as a Senator for South Australia since 2019.
Sonia Priya Sodha is a British columnist working for The Guardian and The Observer. She was formerly a senior adviser to Ed Miliband when he was Leader of the Opposition.