MacKay Hannah

Funding Recovery From Coronavirus: How will we pay?


Frances Coppola

Financial Economist, Author and Blogger

Frances spent 17 years working for banks, where much of her work was concerned with settlement, accounting and risk management systems. She left banking in 2002 to concentrate on her singing career, but after the financial crisis returned to write about the banks that had so nearly blown up the world. She now writes on finance and economics for a wide range of media and industry publications including the Financial Times, American Express, the Independent, Open Democracy, CapX and CoinDesk. Frances is also a commentator for the BBC and Jazz FM, and is in demand as a speaker at economics and finance conferences. Her blog Coppola Comment is widely read in the finance & economics community.


Frances’s book “The Case for People’s QE” was published by Polity Books in June 2019. It was Bloomberg’s Book of the Month in September 2019 and was listed on Martin Wolf’s summer reading list at the Financial Times. The Korean edition was released in February 2020.


In addition to her writing and speaking commitments, Frances continues to sing and teach professionally, pandemics permitting. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.





Frank van Lerven

Senior Economist, New Economics Foundation

Frank is currently leading NEF’s work on greening central banks and monetary policy.

Frank specialises in issues related to money, finance, and banking, and joins NEF from Positive Money, where he was the senior researcher. His background is in development economics and political economy.

Frank is an experienced researcher and economist with a demonstrated history of working at renowned NGOs and think tanks. He specialises in monetary policy, banking, and developmental finance and is currently working on greening monetary policy. He has a robust track record of undertaking complicated research and formulating innovative policy solutions. Published in renowned academic journals, letters in the Financial Times and Guardian, published and authored several papers and policy reviews. Having provided various radio/TV interviews and given numerous presentations at acclaimed international events, Frank is an excellent presenter and communicator. Strong research professional with an MRes in Development Studies - Political Economy (distinction) from the University of Amsterdam.

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Lynn Bradley

Board Member, Revenue Scotland; and Lecturer in Public Sector Finance, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Lynn Bradley is an accountant with more than 30 years’ experience of working in the Scottish public and private sectors. She was formerly the Head of Finance for West Dunbartonshire Council, where her responsibilities included local tax collection. More recently, she was Director of Corporate Programmes & Performance with Audit Scotland. She is a former chair of CIPFA in Scotland and a former chair of the Local Authority Accounts Scotland Advisory Committee. She is currently a University teacher in the Adam Smith Business School at Glasgow University, where she specialises in audit, risk and control.

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John McLaren

Independent Economic Consultant and Commentator

John is a political economist whose published work covers a wide range of macro and micro economic issues. He has written extensively in the Scottish and UK press and and appeared regularly on radio and TV outlets. John has worked as an economist at both H.M. Treasury and at the Scottish Office and previously worked at the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at the University of Glasgow and as a Director of the Fiscal Affairs Scotland think tank. He now runs the Scottish Trends website.

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