Adair Turner, Baron Turner of Ecchinswell

Jonathan Adair Turner, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell (born 5 October 1955) is a British businessman and academic and was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority until its abolition in March 2013. He is a former Chairman of the Pensions Commission and the Committee on Climate Change, as well as a former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry. He has described himself in a BBC HARDtalk interview with Stephen Sackur as a 'technocrat'.


The Lord Turner of Ecchinswell
Lord Turner of Ecchinswell in 2016, portrait via the Royal Society
Director of the Confederation of British Industry
In office
1995–1999
Preceded byHoward Davies
Succeeded byDigby Jones
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
7 September 2005
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born
Jonathan Adair Turner

(1955-10-05) 5 October 1955 (age 65)
Ipswich, England
Spouse(s)Orna Ní Chionna
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge

He is a vocal advocate of monetary financing and "helicopter money" whereby central banks would directly finance government spending or cash distribution to citizens.[1][2] Since 2010, he has written monthly opinion columns[3] on economic and regulatory policy for Project Syndicate.