• Ruth Lea

    Economic Adviser and Director

    Arbuthnot Banking Group plc

    In addition to her work with Arbuthnot Banking Group plc, Ruth is also a member of the IEA’s Shadow Monetary Policy Committee and Economic Advisor and Advisory Council Member of the People’s Pledge. She is the author of many papers on economic matters and has a high media profile including regular appearances on Question Time and Any Questions?. She was Director of Global Vision (2007-10), Director of the Centre for Policy Studies (2004-2007) and Head of the Policy Unit at the Institute of Directors (IoD) (1995-2003). Prior to the IoD, she was the Economics Editor at ITN. And prior to ITN, she worked in the City for 6 years. She spent over 5 years at Mitsubishi Bank, rising to Chief Economist, working on all the major economies. She was subsequently employed by Lehman Brothers as their Chief UK Economist, concentrating on the UK economy and markets. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Bank she spent 16 years in the Civil Service in the Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Central Statistical Office and the Civil Service College - with a break for teaching economics at Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich).


Thursday 27 June:
Oxfordshire Championship at Oxford Union, in partnership with Magdalen College School and Oxford Festival of Arts

Friday 5 July:
North East Championship at Durham Sixth Form Centre


Find a list of all our previous championship events here.


Bernie Whelan, our DM coordinator, is raising money for Debating Matters. To stage one of our Championships for six to 12 teams costs £6,000. Find out more on Bernie’s Wonderful fundraising page.


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