Will Hutton has been Principal of Hertford College, Oxford since September 2011. He also chairs the Big Innovation Centre, a charity devoted to promoting open innovation. Will is also director/trustee of the Scott Trust which owns the Guardian and Observer newspapers, and chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Board for EDF Energy. He writes a column for the Observer and appears regularly on television and radio commentating on economic, financial and business issues. Previously, he was executive vice chair of The Work Foundation, a leading voice on work, employment and organisation issues in the UK.
Will began his career in the City, as a stockbroker and investment analyst where he worked at Phillips and Drew. He then moved to the BBC where he worked extensively as a producer and reporter.
He has co-authored numerous independent reports to government and written a number of policy papers and books, the best-known of which is probably ‘The State We’re In’. He has also lectured and given public addresses widely and been invited by Government to give evidence on a range of economic, financial and industrial issues.
Will was invited by the EU commission to join a high-level group on the mid-term review of the Lisbon strategy and acted as rapporteur for the report published in November 2004. He is a governor of the London School of Economics (LSE), a school governor and a visiting professor at Bristol University.
He is married and has three grown up children, is an active sportsman and enjoys a wide range of cultural and creative interests.