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Nils Blythe Speaker

Nils Blythe

London, UK

Outstanding moderator and conference host

Executive Director of Communications, Bank of England (2011-14)

BBC News correspondent and presenter on global business, finance and the economy (1988-2011)

“Nils’ speech was perfectly pitched for this audience, with a lovely combination of witty but not too indiscreet anecdotes. His personal experience, on both sides of the media and corporate institutional fence, also meant his talk was supremely well-informed and sympathetic to both constituencies.” CIPR

Nils Blythe is a highly experienced journalist, media consultant and communications strategist who offers unique reflections on how the media, the corporate world, politics and monetary policy intersect.

Most recently, as an Executive Director at the Bank of England from 2011 to 2014, Nils was responsible for planning and executing the Bank’s communications strategy during a period of significant change, including the arrival of a new Governor. With board level experience of leading a large directorate and acting as a close personal advisor to senior figures, he continues to act as a consultant the Bank.

Prior to joining the Bank of England, for over 20 years Nils was a BBC journalist and presenter, specialising in global business, finance and the economy. He was Business Correspondent of the Today programme for four years, made numerous television documentaries, launched a daily business news discussion programme for the BBC News Channel and played a leading role in the coverage of the financial crisis. His daily dialogues with Eddie Mair on the Radio 4 PM Programme – under the title of “Upshares, Downshares” – were much acclaimed for providing an insight into complex issues in plain English.

As a well-known BBC journalist, Nils was a regular keynote speaker and/or chairman at many business conferences in Britain and Europe. He has substantial experience of running panel discussions and conducting on-stage interviews.

Our Comment

"An expert communicator, Nils offers valuable insight into the causes and consequences of the financial crisis, recent developments in the UK economy and the management of change in a high-profile organisation. His extensive experience in the BBC and financial world also make him a gifted facilitator across a wide range of topics."

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