Thriving Together: Our Speakers

Speakers confirmed so far:

Jon Lawrence

Professor Jon Lawrence works on modern social, cultural and political history with a special interest in class and gender. Jon’s latest book, Me, Me, Me? The Search for Community in Post-war England was published in June this year and re-tells the story of England since the Second World War through the eyes of ordinary people―including his own parents― to argue that, in fact, friendship, family, and place all remain central to our daily lives, and whilst community has changed, it is far from dead.

Jon is based at the University of Exeter having previously taught at University College, London, the University of Liverpool, Harvard and the University of Cambridge.

Julia Unwin CBE

Julia Unwin was the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust from 2007 until the end of 2016. She also chaired the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society.

She was a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003 and also chaired the Refugee Council in the late 1990s. Julia worked as an independent consultant, for 15 years, operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. She has researched and written extensively on issues relating to philanthropy, the voluntary sector, and its relationship with government.

Fiona Garven

Fiona is Director of the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC). SCDC is a non-government organisation whose mission is to help create an active, inclusive and just Scotland where our communities are strong, equitable and sustainable. Fiona’s main areas of interest are community led approaches to health and wellbeing, community empowerment and democratic participation.

Mike Savage

Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. At the LSE Mike is co-director of the International Inequalities Institute which is leading the major Atlantic Fellowship Programme in Social & Economic Equity which seeks to challenge inequality across the globe.

He loves to enthuse people with ideas from social science, and his award-winning work with the BBC on the Great British Class Survey has attracted interest across the world.

Mike is also a Trustee of The Young Foundation.