Dame Frances Cairncross DBE


Frances Cairncross is one of the UK’s most respected economic commentators. Being a member of staff for The Guardian from 1973 until 1984, Cairncross draws on a wealth of experience as a journalist. Prior to working at The Guardian, Cairncross spent periods of time on the financial staff at The Times, The Banker as well as The Observer.

Cairncross spent twenty years on the staff of The Economist; most recently as management editor. Additionally to this, Cairncross chaired the Economic and Social Research Council between 2001 and 2007 and was also president of the British Science Association – a highly prestigious position to hold.

Cairncross’ book, The Company of the Future, was published in 2002 by Havard Business School Press. In march of 2003, Cairncross won the Institute of Interal Auditors annual award for business and management journalism. Cairncross has multiple books in economy and global communications, her other book, The Death of Distance studies deeply into the social and economic effects of the global communications revolution.

It was first published in 1997 and was later re-published, in a new edition in 2001. In 2004, Cairncross became the Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, a role in which she relinquished ten years later, in 2014. As well as this, Cairncross is a non-executive director of Stramongate Ltd, and a presenter of BBC Radio 4‘s Analysis programme. A truly inspirational person, Cairncross also held the honorary post of High Sheriff of Greater London.

To book Frances Cairncross as the after dinner speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Dame Frances is known to cover the following topics:

  • Political Speaker
  • World & Current Affairs
  • Journalism
  • World Economy
  • Inspirational Speaker

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