Currently browsing - The times

Ed Balls used a war game to test plans prior to the financial crash

TodEd Balls speaking outay The Times published an extract of Ed Balls’ soon-to-be-published memoir, Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics, where he recounts playing a war game with Mervyn King and Callum McCarthy to test their strategy for a financial crisis.

Interesting to note that this game was played only a few short months before the collapse of the US housing market and the consequential financial crash experienced across the world. 

From Ed’s memoir:

It was a Thursday afternoon in late 2006. Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, Callum McCarthy, the head of the Financial Services Authority, and I were being presented with a dangerous and fast-changing financial war-game scenario, designed by our officials at my request to test out our mechanisms for dealing with a future financial crisis should one arrive. Read more >>

John Hulsman War Games speakerWar games are something we know well at Chartwell. We represent Dr John Hulsman, one of the world’s leading war game practitioners for events worldwide. Find out more about what war gaming can do for your events.

John has led War Games with many of the city’s leading political, financial and strategic minds to play out the geopolitical risks and strategies happening behind today’s headlines. If you’d like to host a war game for your colleagues or clients, do send us an email.




get in touch

We’re here to help.

If you can’t find the right speaker you need, or would like speaker ideas tailored to your event,

talk to us on the details below.

For UK, Europe and general enquiries, please contact

Rob Higgins

+44 207 293 0864

For US enquiries,

please contact

Ellis Trevor

+1 646-844-8287 

For Middle East, Asia & international enquiries

please contact

Raleigh Addington

+852 5819 2227