Former BBC journalist and Communications Director at the Bank of England, Nils Blythe has extensive experience as a keynote speaker and conference chairman.
He was Executive Director at the Bank of England from March 2011 to July 2014, responsible for planning and executing the Bank's communications strategy during a period of significant change, including the arrival of a new Governor. He continues to act as a consultant the Bank.
Prior to joining the Bank of England, for over 20 years Nils was a BBC journalist and presenter, specialising in business and finance. He was Business Correspondent of the Today programme for four years, made numerous television documentaries, launched a daily business news discussion programme for the BBC News Channel and played a leading role in the coverage of the financial crisis. His daily dialogues with Eddie Mair on the Radio 4 PM Programme under the title of 'Upshares, Downshares' were much acclaimed for providing an insight into complex issues in plain English.
Nils has been a regular keynote speaker and/or chairman at many business conferences in Britain and Europe and has substantial experience of running panel discussions and conducting on-stage interviews.
His expertise as a speaker includes the causes and consequences of the financial crisis, recent developments in the UK economy and the management of change in a high-profile organisation.
In his earlier career Nils worked for the Investors Chronicle and Which? magazine, after an early foray into book publishing. He was educated at Ipswich School and Christ's College, Cambridge. He is married with three grown-up children.
"Nils's speech was perfectly pitched for this audience, with a lovely combination of witty but not too indiscreet anecdotes, and some thought-provoking reflections on how the media, the corporate world, politics and monetary policy intersect....Nils was a complete pleasure to work with in the preparations for the event. And we had nothing but positive feedback from a usually cynical audience!" CIPR Corporate and Financial Group's Annual Dinner - November 2014