Will Hutton

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(economist, journalist, editor)
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Born21 May 1950
Alma materUniversity of Bristol, INSEAD
Member ofDitchley/Governors, Ditchley/UK

William Nicolas Hutton is a British academic and journalist, and former editor-in-chief for The Observer.

“Along with the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Conference, this (the World Economic Forum) is one of the key meetings of the year. No policy is made here; it is all talk, some of it banal and platitudinous. But the consensus established is the backdrop against which policy is made worldwide”
Will Hutton [1]

Early life

Although born in Woolwich, where his father had worked at the Royal Ordnance factory (Royal Arsenal), Will Hutton began his education in Scotland. When he was eight, his father moved to Bromley and Hutton attended Southborough Lane County Primary School in Petts Wood, Kent.[2]

Hutton studied at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in Sidcup, Kent where he was introduced to GCE A level economics by a teacher, Garth Pinkney. He only got average marks at GCE O-level, but enjoyed the sixth form more, studying geography, history and economics. He also organised the school tennis team. After studying sociology and economics at the University of Bristol[3], he started his career as an equity salesman for a stock broker, before leaving to study for an MBA at INSEAD at Fontainebleau near Paris.


Will Hutton moved on to work in television and radio. He spent ten years with the BBC, including working as economics correspondent for Newsnight from 1983 to 1988, where he replaced Peter Hobday.[4] He spent four years as editor-in-chief at The Observer and director of the Guardian National Newspapers before joining the Industrial Society, now known as The Work Foundation, as chief executive in 2000. In 2010 he was criticised for his handling of the Industrial Society by a number of publications including The Sunday Times and Private Eye, for having used the company for campaigning purposes rather than focusing on it as a business enterprise. The Work Foundation was sold to Lancaster University.[5]

As well as a columnist, author and chief executive, Hutton is a governor of London School of Economics, a visiting professor at the University of Manchester Business School and the University of Bristol, a visiting fellow at Mansfield College Oxford, a shareholder of the Scott Trust Limited which owns the Guardian Media Group, rapporteur of the Kok Group and a member of the Design Council's Millennium Commission.[6] In March 2011, he was appointed as Principal of Hertford College, Oxford,[7] taking up the post later in the year and retiring in 2020.[8] He sits on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press.[9]



Event Participated in

Bilderberg/199712 June 199715 June 1997US
Lake Lanier
Georgia (State)
The 45th Bilderberg meeting
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