Camilla Cavendish joins FT Weekend

The Financial Times has hired award-winning columnist Camilla Cavendish as contributing editor.

Camilla Cavendish joins FT Weekend

Camilla will write a weekly column for the FT Weekend on politics and public policy from late October, and is a key speaker at this weekend’s FT Weekend Festival, discussing the lessons we’ve learnt from the financial crisis and the future of Britain post Brexit.

Cavendish was formerly director of policy at 10 Downing Street, where she spearheaded a number of initiatives, including the campaign for a sugar tax. Before that she spent over a decade at The Times and The Sunday Times as an associate editor and columnist. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center at the Harvard Kennedy School.

She joins weekend regulars Tim Harford, Gillian Tett, Simon Kuper, Janan Ganesh and Jo Ellison in writing for the weekend edition, and she will also be part of the broader FT comment team that includes Rana Faroohar, Gideon Rachman and Martin Wolf among its columnists.

FT Weekend editor Alec Russell said: “Camilla is one of the most renowned and insightful writers on policy and politics in the UK today. Her appointment adds an influential new voice to FT Weekend’s stable of leading global thinkers, reinforcing our position as the home of the most incisive and thoughtful commentary on the issues of our time.”

Cavendish said: “I’m looking forward to contributing to FT Weekend, with its global reach and wonderful group of writers.”

Cavendish has won a string of awards including the Harold Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2012), the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism (2008) and the Campaigning Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for her work on child protection (2009).