Director of Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing at the RSA
Keynote: Economic challenges facing Plymouth and the South West and the power of digital economy.
Tony is the Director of Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing at the RSA. He is a chartered accountant and former investment banker with experience both in business and in the NGO sector, and is a regular media commentator on economic issues, in particular banking and finance.
Tony’s experience ranges from banking and accountancy with PwC, Barclays Bank and Credit Suisse, through small business start-ups to working with social and environmental NGOs. He was previously Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation and is author and co-author of many books and reports on economic reform including best-selling economic textbook “Where Does Money Come From?: A Guide to the UK Monetary and Banking System”, a report on local economic development, “People Powered Prosperity: Ultra-local Approaches to Making Poorer Places Wealthier” and a 2013 proposal for using QE for investment in public infrastructure – “Strategic Quantitative Easing: Public Money for Public Benefit”.
Tony is also a Trustee of Transition Network, a global grassroots movement for social and environmental change and is an alumni of Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
In his keynote speech, Tony will highlight the current economic challenges facing Plymouth and the South West, the value and power of digital economy as well as some lessons which can be learned from Tech North and the Digital Powerhouse.