Frances Cairncross, Rector of Exeter College
Frances Cairncross was previously on the staff of The Economist, most recently as management editor. She is a member of the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers and a regular presenter of BBC Radio Four’s “Analysis” programme. She is also a past chair of Britain’s Economic and Social Research Council, past President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Her latest book, “The Company of the Future”, was published in 2002 by Harvard Business School Press. She is also the author of “The Death of Distance”, a study of the economic and social effects of the global communications revolution, first published in 1997 and re-published in a completely new edition in 2001.
In 2004-05, she held the honorary post of High Sheriff of Greater London, and in 2006 she became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.