Dame Frances Cairncross DBE

Frances is Chair of Court for Heriot-Watt University, a former journalist for The Economist and was also their award winning Environmental editor between 1989 and 1994. She is also the former Rector of Exeter College Oxford.

Frances formerly chaired Britain's Economic and Social Research Council. She was also the Management Editor of The Economist until 2004. Frances is the author of numerous books in which she examines the challenges and opportunities technology places on corporate structure, the economic and social effects of the global communications revolution, the environment and the transformations in business and government directions. Her books have achieved high acclaim and one was shortlisted for the MCA Management Book Award. In her keynote speeches she examines similar issues and how companies, governments and environmentalists can have a common cause.

In her time on The Economist, she wrote widely on management topics, including on the future of corporate boards, on family firms and on issues around executive pay. During her time as environment editor of The Economist between 1989 and 1994. She won the first Reuter's-Alpe Action award for her coverage during that period.

In 2015 Frances was awarded a CBE for services to Social Sciences. She previously held posts as principal economic columnist on the Guardian newspaper, and as editor of The Economist's Britain section.

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