Robert Peston

Political Editor at ITV (formerly BBC Radio 4)

Robert is ITV's political editor, responsible for reporting and commenting on politics for ITV's programmes and digital channels, including News at Ten and 'Peston on Sunday'. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, which include the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year for his coverage of the financial crisis and the collapse of Northern Rock. He has held senior positions at newspapers including the Financial Times and the Sunday Telegraph and has published 3 books. He is also the founder of 'Speakers for Schools'.. 


Session Details

Opening Keynote: Peston's Perspective on the Brexit Bombshell

Keynote Theatre/ Astor Pavillion: 9.30am - 10.20am

Our opening speaker for 2017 is Robert Peston, one of the UK’s most respected journalists, broadcasters and commentators on business, economics and politics. In a fascinating keynote, Robert will provide a fascinating perspective of the UK business landscape within a local and a global context, including the imminent general election, the latest ‘Brexit’ timetable and the most likely impact of both events on small, medium and large businesses. 

As ITV's Political Editor and host of their new flagship politics and current affairs show, "Peston on Sunday”, Robert covers all the latest happenings in Westminster and beyond, interviewing the most important players on the national and international scenes as the UK prepares for one of the most significant moments in modern history. In his previous roles as Economics Editor and Business Editor at the BBC, he found himself in the middle of the global financial crisis, covering the huge problems at Northern Rock, RBS and HBOS, the sub-prime meltdown in the US and the tumult around the credit crunch, bailouts and austerity – so there are few speakers more qualified to see the big picture in times of economic and political uncertainty.

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