Speakers Fellows Forum - Manchester

Henry Aldridge

CBI Head of Trade Associations

Henry leads the CBI’s work with their trade association members, who are vital in ensuring the CBI has a mandate to speak on behalf of every sector of the economy in an effective way. Since the referendum particularly it has been important that business speaks with one voice, and that the potential impacts on business are communicated to policy makers in an effective and impactful way. Previously Henry worked for a Political Communications agency and for the Press Association.


Callum Biggins

CBI Head of Campaigns

As the CBI’s Head of Campaigns, Callum leads on the CBI’s political and parliamentary affairs function, the coordination and delivery of the CBI’s policy plan and the building of a campaigning culture at the CBI.

Prior to taking up his current role, Callum worked in the CBI’s economics team, leading the organisation’s work on fiscal events. This included the coordination of the CBI’s pre-budget submissions to the Chancellor, orchestrating communication and campaign plans and working with key stakeholders within government to deliver policy wins for CBI members.

Callum joined the CBI in 2014 as a campaigns advisor and played a key role in developing the CBI’s compliance frameworks with UK electoral law ahead of the 2015 general election and 2016 EU Referendum.

Before joining the CBI, Callum worked as a campaigns organiser for a political party and as a parliamentary assistant in both the UK and European Parliaments.

Callum holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and a Bachelor’s degree in History with Economics from the University of York.

Anna Leach

CBI Head of Economic Intelligence

Anna leads the organisation’s economic intelligence team, helping companies understand trends and the outlook in UK and global markets via the CBI’s global macroeconomic forecast and the our highly regarded business surveys.

She is also a member of the UK2070 commission, which is exploring regional inequalities in the UK, and is on the advisory board for the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence, which looks at measuring the modern economy. She has been at the CBI for 10 years and has been a professional economist for nearly 20 years, having worked previously in the government economic service.

Roxanne Morison

CBI Head of Digital Policy

Roxanne leads the CBI’s work on digital & technology policy and is responsible for lobbying and policy development across the UK & Brussels on issues from data, to cyber security and internet regulation. Roxanne is the author of numerous technology reports and works with businesses, civil servants and senior government officials to support the UK’s digital economy. 

Previously Roxanne worked on SME and scale-up policy and has a degree in Politics, Psychology & Sociology from the University of Cambridge.

Jim Hubbard

CBI Head of Regional Policy

Jim Hubbard is Head of Regional Policy at the CBI leading its work on industrial strategy, UK Shared Prosperity Fund and devolution of powers in England. Previously he worked at the British Retail Consortium leading policy on business rates, property and planning and at the Royal Town Planning Institute and RenewableUK he worked on local growth, regeneration and renewable energy policy. He has authored Making a Success of Devolution, Creating Economically Successful Places and Fostering Growth.

Before arriving in the UK, he advised a U.S. Representative and worked on several political campaigns. Jim earned an MSc from University College London in Sustainable Urbanism and as an undergraduate studied journalism and politics at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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