Previous Business Leaders Lecture Series: Simon Walker

Previous Business Leaders Lecture Series: Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors

Is politics becoming more, or less, friendly to business?

Date: Thursday 3 March 2016

Lecture details
Politicians have always had a conflicted attitude towards business. On the one hand, they need a successful private sector to create jobs and tax receipts; on the other, the standing of banking – and business more generally – was severely damaged by the financial crash and the deep recession which followed. There are plenty of politicians prepared to use populist anti-business rhetoric to win support from angry voters. In this lecture, Simon Walker discussed the political environment in the UK, and analysed the current government's business policies.

Simon Walker became Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in October 2011 as the public face of the IoD, and the most senior representative of the membership.

He previously served as Chief Executive of the BVCA, the organisation that represents British private equity and venture capital, from October 2007 to March 2011.

Between 2003 and 2007 Simon worked at Reuters as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing. He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2003 and earlier served as Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways. From 1996-1997 Simon worked as a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street.

Simon was born in South Africa, and has worked as a journalist and consultant in New Zealand, Belgium, and the UK.

Simon Walker