Speakers in the news 17th November

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Chartwell Speakers have been featuring in the news this week. See our ‘Top Five’’ picks below. If you are interested in booking any of these speakers please contact us here.



  • Merryn Somerset Webb is Editor-in-Chief of MoneyWeek and a respected commentator on economics, financial markets and personal finance. She has been named the Personal Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2017 prestigious Harold Wincott awards.
  • This week, the Queen’s financial advisers have been criticised for bringing the “monarchy into disrepute” after it was revealed she had £10m invested in an offshore tax haven. In light of this, Merryn wrote an article outlining the differences between immoral and illegal tax avoidance and suggested that the tide is turning against avoidance, not just evasion.  


  • Dr. Sebastian Gorka is a British-born American military and intelligence analyst, who was a deputy assistant to US President Donald Trump. He resigned in August this year when he felt certain White House officials were undermining the Make America Great Again platform cultivated by him and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
  • Fox News has hired Sebastian Gorka, two representatives for the network told POLITICO Wednesday. The move was first announced by Fox News host Sean Hannity on his daily radio program during an interview with Gorka, in which Hannity unveiled Gorka’s new role as a “national security strategist” for the network.


  • Joseph Stiglitz is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest economic thinkers. He has made major contributions to macroeconomics and monetary theory, development economics and trade theory, public and corporate finance, the theories of industrial organisation and rural organisation, and the theories of welfare economics and income and wealth distribution.

  • Joseph is in London this week to promote his new book, Globalisation and Its Discontents Revisted:Anti-Globalisation in the Era of Trump. Speaking to The Guardian he said that for the past six or seven years he has been growing increasingly disturbed by America’s growing inequality and the simmering anger it has caused. “I began to say ‘if we didn’t fix this problem we are going to have a political problem’ and historically a Trump figure, a fascist kind of figure arises.” Asked whether he really thinks Trump is a fascist, he says: “I certainly think he has those tendencies. He is restrained by our institutions and every day those institutions work we feel relieved. We don’t know what the bounds are and we don’t know how far he would push those bounds.


  • Sherry Coutu is a former CEO and angel investor who now serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. Sherry chairs Artfinder and is a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press and NESTA Investments. As an angel investor, Sherry works with entrepreneurs to solve problems that matter and specialises in consumer internet, information services and education. She has made angel investments in more than 35 companies and holds investments in 2 venture capital firms. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of, Seedcamp and She was voted by TechCrunch as the best CEO mentor/adviser in Europe in November 2010.
  • Sherry has just launched her new app, Workfinder, that matches secondary school pupils with local businesses, allowing for meaningful work experience and for students to share feedback with their peers. When asked how she had the idea, Sherry said it came to her  three years ago, from a young girl called Maitri who was doing a paid internship with founders4schools. We asked her what experience she had before she came to us, and she said she’d worked for a large company and had a terrible time. She said she wished there was something like TripAdvisor for work experience so she could share what she thought, and I said there should be an app for that.


  • Janan Ganesh is political columnist for the Financial Times, and gives his incisive take on UK politics in a weekly column. Janan’s analysis of the Coalition Government and the dynamics behind UK political debate has been described as “forensic” and “incisive”.
  • Writing on the subject of Brexit this week, Janan said leave voters are intelligent and civic-minded, yet their politicians are a fiasco.