Chaired by Dame Kate Barker, the commission includes these prominent experts in the fields of business, academia and economics.


Dame Kate Barker

Dame Kate Barker is one of Britain’s foremost economists. Kate was an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for three terms between 2001-2010. In 2003, Kate was commissioned by the government to conduct a major independent policy review of the UK Housing Supply, leading to a final report in 2004. She was subsequently asked to conduct a similar review of Land Use Planning and her final report was published in 2006. Kate was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI between 1994-2001.


Dr David Cleevely CBE

Dr. David Cleevely CBE, FREng, FIET is the Chairman of Raspberry Pi. David is an entrepreneur who has founded a series of companies including Abcam, Analysys, 3waynetworks and others. He also co-founded Cambridge Network, Cambridge Wireless, Cambridge Angels, the award-winning restaurant Bocca di Lupo, as well as acting as government advisor and founding the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.


Professor Diane Coyle CBE

Diane Coyle is the new Bennett Professor of Public Policy at Cambridge, having previously been Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. She is a member of the Natural Capital Committee, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, and researcher at the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence.


Lord David Willetts

The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts is the Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation. He served as the Member of Parliament for Havant (1992-2015), as Minister for Universities and Science (2010-2014) and previously worked at HM Treasury and the No. 10 Policy Unit.


Sir David Arculus

Sir David Arculus has had a wide ranging career in media and business, both in Cambridgeshire and nationally. In the Media and Communications sector he has been Group MD of Peterborough based Emap plc followed by spells based in London as Chairman of IPC Media and then Chairman of O2. Earlier in his career he had worked in broadcasting as a BBC Scriptwriter.


Warren East

In July 2015, Warren East became Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce succeeding John Rishton.  He was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee.


Dame Carol Black

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England. She chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers.


Matthew Bullock

Matthew Bullock is Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He read History at Peterhouse. In his earlier career, he was heavily involved as a banker in the Cambridge Phenomenon and technology finance, and subsequently was Chairman of TAP Biosystems plc.


Professor Andy Neely

Professor Andy Neely is Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and of the Manufacturing and Management Division of Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance.


Mark Dorsett

Mark is the UK Director for Caterpillar coordinating and leading the company’s business interests, government affairs and corporate social responsibilities agenda in the United Kingdom. Mark is also a global HR director for Caterpillar’s human resource services.

Caterpillar employs more than 90,000 employees globally, including 10,000 across 19 UK facilities.


Professor Alan Hughes

Professor of Innovation, Imperial College Business School, London, Distinguished Visiting Professor Lancaster University Management School, and Margaret Thatcher Professor Emeritus, Judge Business School University of Cambridge. Professor Hughes is a Life Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and a former Director of the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge and of the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) a joint-venture between the Centre for Business Research and Imperial College Business School.


John Shropshire OBE

John is Chairman of the G’s Fresh group of companies which now has sales of £500 m per annum in the UK, Europe and the USA.  Integral to its business, is its expertise in growing and together with the members of the G’s Growers Producer Organisation, grows 13,300 hectares of salads and vegetables in the UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and Senegal.