"supporting and encouraging high quality economic, financial and business journalism"
The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day in the UK. The current chairman is Sir Richard Lambert, former editor of the Financial Times. Sir Richard is supported by a group of trustees who have a background in business, journalism and academia.
Wincott Annual Memorial LectureThe purpose of the annual lecture is to contribute to the public debate about contemporary issues in economics, business and finance. The lecturer is normally either a distinguished academic or a policy maker, and the speakers are chosen on the basis of their ability to illuminate some large and important topic which has wide relevance for policy makers, academics, and business people. Topics that have been discussed in recent years include the independence of central banks, trade policy in the European Union, the future of the Indian economy, the impact of corporate social responsibility on the management of companies, imbalances in the world economic system, and post-Communist reform.
The lecture is followed by a contribution from a discussant - usually an expert in the field but one with different views from that of the speaker. There is then a full debate in which members of the audience are invited to participate.