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Sir Richard Lambert

Director General of the CBI

Richard Lambert was appointed Director-General Designate of the Confederation of British Industry and he assumed the role of Director General of the CBI in 2006. He was editor of the Financial Times until 2001. From 2003 he was one of the nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, which sets the interest rate for sterling. Among a number of other non-remunerated roles, Richard is also a trustee of the British Museum and became Chancellor of the University of Warwick in 2008.

"Richard Lambert combines a formidable intellect with great charm"

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In detail

After studying at Oxford, Richard joined the Financial Times in 1966, as trainee companies' reporter and joined the Lex investment column, becoming its editor in 1976. Three years later he was appointed financial editor. In 1982 he became New York bureau chief to broaden his international experience. After a year he returned to the UK as deputy editor and in 1991 he took over the editorship. In 1997 he moved back to New York for a year to launch a US version of the FT, while remaining in overall charge of the UK version too.

What he offers you

Richard has considerable management skills and through his role at the Bank of England he has met hundreds of businessmen and women around the UK on his regular regional visits. He is well versed in all aspects of business management as well as being an expert on European and world business markets.

How he presents

Richard is described as an insightful intellectual and this is reflected in his well researched presentations in which he skilfully highlights the most valuable and relevant information.


He presents in English.

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  • The Economic Battles Facing UK Businesses
  • Europe and Global Markets
  • The Future of British Business
  • Wealth and Job Creation
  • Fiscal Policy
  • European Reform

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