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Brendan Barber is General Secretary of the TUC, which represents 60 unions with a total membership of around 6.5 million working in all sectors of the economy. After working for an industrial training board for a year he joined the TUC in 1975, becoming Head of the Press Department in 1979 and the Industrial Relations Department in 1987 before being appointed Deputy General Secretary in 1993. He was elected General Secretary in 2003 and has served on a number of public bodies, including the ACAS Council. He is currently a Non Executive Director of the Court of the Bank of England. Ian Brinkley is Director of the Knowledge Economy programme at the Work Foundation. He previously worked at the Trades Union Congress between 1980 and 2006 where he was Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department from 2004 to 2006 and TUC Chief Economist from 1996 to 2006. He has been a member of the Low Pay Commission, the body that sets the UK's National Minimum Wage (NMW), from 2004 to 2007. He has worked in a wide range of economic and industrial policy and research areas, including economic policy, public spending and public service reform, labour markets, energy and the environment and manufacturing policy, and produced numerous submissions to government and analytical papers. David G. Green is the Director of Civitas. His books include The New Right: The Counter Revolution in Political, Economic and Social Thought, Wheatsheaf, 1987; Reinventing Civil Society, IEA, 1993; Community Without Politics: A Market Approach to Welfare Reform, IEA 1996; Benefit Dependency: How Welfare Undermines Independence, IEA, 1999; We're (Nearly) All Victims Now, Civitas 2006 and Individualists Who Co operate, Civitas 2009. He writes occasionally for newspapers, including in recent years pieces in The Times and The Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph. Ruth Lea is currently Economic Adviser and Director of Arbuthnot Banking Group plc and Director of Global Vision. Her previous jobs include the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, Head of the Policy Unit at the Institute of Directors and Economics Editor at ITN. She also worked for six years in the City and 16 years in the Civil Service. Ian Fells has been Professor of Energy Conversion at the University of Newcastle since 1975 and has published some 250 papers. He was elected fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering in 1979 and was elected fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1996. He was awarded a CBE in June 2000. Ian Fells was a science advisor to The World Energy Council (1987 to 1998), has been special adviser to The House of Lords Select Committee on The European Community dealing with energy and the environment and the House of Commons select committee for Trade & Industry & Environment. He has been Energy Adviser to the EC and European Parliament and has advised a number of foreign governments on energy policy. In 1993 he was awarded the Michael Faraday medal and prize by the Royal Society. Ian Peters was recently appointed Chief Executive of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He was previously Director of External Affairs at EEF, the manufacturing employers' organisation and has been advising the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the establishment of 'Manufacturing Insight', a campaign to promote more positive perceptions of manufacturing among young people. John Philpott is Public Policy Director and Chief Economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He has a Doctorate from the University of Oxford and is Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Hertfordshire. He is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the Society of Business Economists. Alan Reece retired from teaching and researching in Agricultural Engineering in 1984. Since then he has developed a group of successful enginee

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