Will Hutton is currently Principal of Hertford College Oxford one of the universitys leading colleges - a job he has held since September 2011. As Principal he leads the College in its academic and growth ambitions, responsible to a governing body of more than 40 fellows. In addition he chairs the Big Innovation Centre, a charity devoted to promoting open innovation, is a director/trustee of the Scott Trust which owns the Guardian and Observer newspapers and is a non-executive director of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He writes a column for the Observer and occasionally for the Financial Times, and appears regularly on television and radio commentating on economic, financial and business issues. He is also chair of the Independent Fees Commission, established to investigate the impact of annual fees on applications, offers and acceptances at English universities.
Wills best-known book is probably The State Were In, which was seen at the time as setting the scene for the Blair revolution, and was one of the top-selling books on political economy since 1945. Since then he has published The State to Come, The Stakeholding Society, On the Edge, with Anthony Giddens a groundbreaking analysis of globalisation and The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century. Will's next book an examination of fairness and due desert in driving vigorous market economies - Them and Us was published in 2010 and received very good reviews.